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Edition: Mon, June 18, 2007
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"By maintaining a continued presence in Baghdad neighborhoods, residents are more secure and more wiling to help break the cycle of violence.(Our troops) are doing a superb job under difficult conditions. They deserve our deepest gratitude for their sacrifice and those of their families." - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during his visit to Iraq while meeting with U.S. and Iraqi leaders, June 16.

TODAY'S FOCUS

Use of Other-than-Procurement of Ammunition, Army (PAA) Funds to Purchase Munitions

What is it? The PAA appropriation is the only appropriation authorized to purchase ammunition (Class V items) regardless of cost. This includes the purchase of nonstandard, non-centrally managed ammunition with a unit cost of less than $5.0M. Purchasing ammunition with Operations and Maintenance Account (OMA) funds is in violation of Titles 10, Subtitle A, Part I, Chapter 2, 114; 31, Subtitle II, Chapter 13 Subchapter I 1301.

What has the Army done? Recently, a unit purchased nonstandard munitions to support local training through their contracting office using OMA funds. After HQDA legal review, it was determined to be an improper purchase. Units purchasing munitions with other than PAA funds mask the actual munitions requirement so future purchases cannot be accurately identified and programmed. The process for requesting nonstandard munitions is outlined in AR 5-13, Training Ammunition Management.

PAA funds are centrally managed at HQDA and are not normally distributed to installations. HQDA provides PAA funds to the Program Executive Office (PEO) Ammunition to procure ammunition. The PEO Ammunition procures ammunition and provides munitions to HQDA G-4 for distribution. Units develop their requirements and forecast their munitions through the Total Ammunition Management Information System (TAMIS).

It is important to reinforce the prohibition of using OMA funds for procuring ammunition. The HQDA G-3/5/7 Munitions Management Office has posted the Army policy on the TAMIS website. HQDA is also seeking GSA assistance to ensure Army organizations are aware of the ammunition purchasing policy and to prevent units from purchasing munitions from the GSA schedule.

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- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.

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