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Edition: Thu, December 18, 2008
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"It was freaking awesome. Not too many people come out here - it really is the middle of nowhere - so we all really appreciate it."

- Spc. John Barnett, who saw the USO Holiday tour show at Forward Operating Base Sharana in the Paktika Province of Eastern Afghanistan

No fancy venues, but the USO stars rock

TODAY'S FOCUS

RCI Presidential Award for Management Excellence

What is it?

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently named The Army's Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) program as one of four winners for the 2008 President's Quality Award. RCI is being honored for its innovative and exemplary performance in the area of Competitive Sourcing.

Awardees were announced at ceremony Dec. 4, 2008, at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. OPM hosts the award each year to focus on the President's management agenda, which enhances service to the American people and recognizes accomplishments of organizations that further the administration's objectives. Award winners are recognized for their performance and results and serve as role models and benchmarks for others to attain similar successes.

What has the Army done?

Currently, the RCI program is comprised of 45 installations (combined into 35 projects) with more than 90,000 homes - 98 percent of the Army's family housing inventory in the United States. As of Oct. 1, 2008, there are closed projects at 38 of the 45 installations, and 85,558 of the 90,272 homes in the plan have been privatized. There have been 16,560 new homes built and 12,473 homes renovated.

The Army has invested $1.3 billion but has received $11.2 billion in initial development - a leverage of funds of 8.6 to 1. Further, RCI has provided 62 percent ($2.5 billion) of its subcontract work ($4.1 billion) to small and disadvantaged businesses.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Military Housing Privatization Initiative addresses two significant problems concerning housing for military Service members and their families: the poor condition of DOD-owned housing and a shortage of quality affordable private housing. Under the MHPI authorities, DOD works with the private sector to revitalize our military family housing through a variety of financial tools-direct loans, loan guarantees, equity investments, conveyance or leasing of land and/or housing/and other facilities. Military service members receive a basic allowance where they can choose to live in private sector housing or privatized housing. MPHI helps the military improve the quality of life for its servicemembers by improving the condition of their housing.

Resources:

DOD Military Housing Privatization

Residential Communities Initiative

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

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