FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The Integrated Personnel and Pay System - Army (IPPS-A) Training and Deployment team hosted its first D-270 workshop, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Washington D.C. Army National Guard Regional Training Institute at U.S. Army base Ft. Belvoir for ARNG Soldiers from New Jersey, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut. These states constitute Fielding Group 4 of the IPPS-A deployment plan to the entire Army National Guard. There are a total of 10 fielding groups.
Over the next 12 months, all Army National Guard Soldiers across the 54 States and Territories will convert to IPPS-A - a new personnel, pay and talent management system - replacing the Standard Installation and Division Personnel Reporting System (SIDPERS). IPPS-A is currently live in Pa. and preparing for fielding to Virginia in early April, 2019.
The D-270 workshop trained Soldiers on the steps their states will have to take to be successful during the IPPS-A deployment process. Fielding Group 4 is scheduled to 'Go Live' in IPPS-A in mid-August, 2019.
"The workshop provides an outline for each state to follow," said Vince Hayes, IPPS-A Training & Development, Branch Chief. "It informs them of the key dates and processes they'll have to follow for a smooth and successful transition to IPPS-A." The workshop is a 4 day event that is a combination of informational briefings and hard work done by the States to begin getting ready for the transition to IPPS-A.
The primary focus of the workshop was understanding how to correct unit structure information in the Army Organization Server (AOS). In addition, the IPPS-A Training and Deployment team covered overarching areas related to data correctness. Attendees were given instruction on AOS by ARNG subject matter experts and began to correct unit information and hierarchy in AOS. They also started correcting data mismatches between the legacy HR and pay systems.
"The D-270 workshop is critical," said Hayes. "It prepares states to brown-out or migrate from SIDPERS to IPPS-A through a series of monthly actions leading up to their go live date."
The IPPS-A Training and Deployment team briefed attendees on the deployment process states will go through to migrate from SIDPERS to IPPS-A. The attendees were educated on all critical tasks and milestones leading up to their "Go-Live" date. To further assist, the IPPS-A Training and Deployment team has produced a comprehensive list of tasks and a scorecard to help states monitor their progress.
"All of this work is critical for states when they run faces to spaces scripts so that every Soldier has slot in IPPS-A," said CW4 Rachelle McKay. "These steps also ensure there are no pay issues when IPPS-A goes live in their state."