We need leaders with vision. We need leaders willing to tackle these difficult issues. We need leaders who will do what’s better for our force as a whole and not focus internally on their own service ... It’s ultimately about achieving greater effectiveness in national security while acting more efficiently.
- Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Joint Forces Command, at the 2011 Joint Warfighting Conference
Joint Forces Command Transfers More Functions
Every day our military spouses are giving back to our country. While their loved ones are called to serve, they serve right alongside them. Now we must serve them as well as they serve us.
- Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, at the unveiling of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Career opportunities expand for military spouses
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Human Resource Solutions
What is it?
The Human Resource (HR) Solutions office streamlines the HR service contract acquisition process, reducing it from over 180 days to an average of 60 days. By utilizing HR solutions, commanders receive a cost-effective and efficient vehicle for obtaining mission critical HR services with additional follow-on support and management for the full life-cycle of their task order. HR Solutions is an office within the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) under the Army's Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology.
What has the Army done?
Prior to 1999, the acquisition process for obtaining mission critical HR services was cumbersome, inefficient and took precious time commanders needed to train their Soldiers. Recognizing this, the Army stood up HRXXI to combat the problem. In 2004, HR XXI changed its name to HR Solutions and expanded, awarding Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quality (IDIQ) contracts to 12 vendors in four mission areas: Recruiting and Retention, Personnel Services and Support, Management and Administrative Support and Studies and Analysis. Having vendors previously vetted to compete for HR task orders significantly reduced the amount of time required to award service contracts and actually begin the mission critical work.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
As the demand for streamlined HR service requirements continued to grow, HR Solutions recently awarded IDIQ contracts to 43 vetted vendors and moved to Fort Knox, Ky., as part of the BRAC act. The expansion of vetted IDIQ vendors allows commanders more options in selecting a contractor that uniquely fits their specific HR service needs. By moving to Fort Knox, HR Solutions is partnered with Fort Knox's Mission Installation Contracting Center who has a division of contract specialists dedicated to HR Solutions task orders.
Why is this important to the Army?
Providing quality HR services in vital areas supports commanders, Soldiers and Army families at every echelon. HR Solutions essentially relieves commanders of the administrative burden of contract acquisition and management, which affords them more time to conduct their critical mission requirements. Additionally, given that HR Solutions sustains a wide-variety of support services important to families, Soldiers are better able to remain focused on their mission as they are assured that their families are receiving quality support. Consequently, HR Solutions serves as a significant force multiplier for an Army at war.
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