By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeNovember 5, 2013
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 5, 2013) -- Mission and Installation Contracting Command officials here implemented changes in the reporting structure Oct. 15 aimed at strengthening contracting support for mission partners and the integration of Soldiers into command operations.
Officials said the new reporting lines of operation are designed to improve the span of control for contract oversight of command support functions, improve support to the Army Reserve Command; regionally synchronize Forces Command contract support for III Corps and XVIII Airborne Corps into east and west; and more effectively leverage available personnel.
"These changes promote more effective communications and support to our field activities or offices by more effective and streamlined contracting oversight, customer focus and workload management," said Brig. Gen. Kirk Vollmecke, the MICC commanding general. "The reporting changes effectively enable the MICC to be responsive to our customers as a strategic partner and enabler to their missions."
The change in reporting impacts some Mission and Installation Contracting Command offices aligned under the command's three contracting support brigades. Approved by Army Contracting Command officials in mid-August, it also calls for the transition of the field directorate office at Fort Knox, Ken., to a field contracting office reporting to the 412th Contracting Support Brigade, located at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
In addition, the MICC-Fort Belvoir, Va., contracting office, which supports customers in the National Capital Region, now reports directly to the MICC headquarters. Personnel assigned to the command's contracting offices at Fort A.P. Hill and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia as well as Fort Meade, Md., now fall under MICC-Fort Belvoir.
Although the number of military and civilian personnel assigned to the three brigades will increase or decrease accordingly with the change in reporting, no new personnel authorizations are being added to the MICC.
The change in reporting lines of operations does not affect the Fort Eustis, Va., field directorate office or its field contracting offices.
The 412th CSB assumes contracting and mission oversight of MICC offices supporting the U.S. Army Reserve Command, Army North and the Human Resources Command. Aligned under the 412th CSB are contracting offices at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston; Fort Knox; Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; Fort McCoy, Wis.; and Moffett Field, Calif.
The reporting change shifts contracting support for the Army's Forces Command mission at installations in the Western United States and the Army Test and Evaluation Command to the 418th CSB at Fort Hood, Texas. The brigade is responsible for contracting and mission oversight of offices at Fort Hood; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Riley, Kansas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Fort Irwin, Calif.; Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.; Dugway Proving Ground, Utah; and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
FORSCOM contracting support at installations in the Eastern United States rests with the 419th CSB at Fort Bragg, N.C. The 419th CSB assumes responsibility of contracting and mission oversight for offices at Fort Bragg; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; and Fort Polk, La.
The MICC is responsible for providing contracting support for the warfighter at Army commands, installations and activities located throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. In fiscal 2013, the command has executed more than 43,000 contract actions worth more than $5.3 billion across the Army, including more than $2.1 billion to American small businesses. The command has also managed more than 780,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions this fiscal year valued at an additional $880 million.