ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Illinois -- A town hall held for the Army Contracting Command-Rock Island workforce was held in Heritage Hall, May 31.
Jay Carr, executive director, ACC-RI, kicked off the town hall by presenting awards and recognitions. First, he presented Debby Broyles, contract specialist, ACC-RI, with the FY16 Army Contracting Command Award for Excellence in Direct Sales Contracting.
Carr then presented executive director's awards to three people who support ACC-RI from outside of the center. Carr presented Terry McMaster, fire chief, Rock Island Arsenal Garrison, and Nicholas Seibert, police chief, RIA Garrison, with the recognition for their support in making ACC-RI a safe place to work so employees can focus on mission; and James (Jim) Fleming, with Rock Island Integrated Services, for his support in setting up Heritage Hall for ACC-RI's town halls and other gatherings.
Next, during a Campaign Plan update, Carr presented the status of ACC-RI's Lines of Effort that support the Strategic Priorities of the center that directly support the priorities of ACC and Army Materiel Command headquarters. Overall, the three Lines of Effort -- readiness through contracting, optimize quality and effectiveness, and capable/resilient workforce -- are progressing toward completion.
"Our job it to provide contracting capabilities to those Army units that need it," said Carr. "You do a phenomenal job of doing that."
Following a review of the Campaign Plan, Carr went over the results of the headquarters ACC Equal Employment Opportunity Staff Assistance Visit, which took place May 22-25. During this visit, ACC staff sat down with employees in small groups to discuss topics such as the center's climate/morale, communication and trust in leadership.
Twelve percent of the workforce participated in these sessions and employees are happy with the change in leadership, like working at ACC-RI and enjoy the contracting mission. The largest concerns focused on confusion about ACC-RI's recent reorganization, older employees feeling like they have no opportunities, the need for more beneficial training, and inconsistent application of some policies.
Carr said moving forward, the workforce will be provided updates on the reorganization and there will be a thorough analysis by ACC EEO staff on ACC-RI's workforce demographics by age, gender and experience to identify any trends or concerns.
Carr then discussed the results of the first three pay periods of ATAAPS activity-based accounting; the status of implementing DoD Performance Management and Appraisal Program elements and smart goals at ACC-RI; a new developmental program; several center initiatives that address recent concerns; an overview of the center's Smart Book; and the Employee Advisory Council provided an update on current efforts.