Army National Guard Incentive Management System

Friday, December 13, 2014

What is it?

The Army National Guard Incentive Management System (GIMS) is a product under the Reserve Component Manpower System-Guard (RCMS-G) and was implemented in 2012 to assist the Army National Guard in recruiting and retention efforts. GIMS allows individual states to manage and monitor incentives and education benefits for Soldiers via a web-based interface system.

What has the Army National Guard done?

Provided an adaptable, online system that is organized via management centers that have a wide range of features, including program management controls, system evaluations, and automation processes. These features are based on business rules and processing procedures that are in place at strategic points, or phases, across an incentive contract's lifecycle to ensure compliance with Law, Department of Defense Instructions (DODi), U.S. Army Regulations, and Army National Guard Policy. The phases are aligned logically with a contract's lifecycle, creating a simple business process flow: Issue Bonus, Establish Control, Monitor, and Payment.

Why is this important to the Army National Guard?

The Guard Incentives Management System (GIMS) was implemented to help prevent fraud, waste, and abuse while contributing a foundation for obtaining, evaluating, and recommending options for Soldiers who are eligible for or are receiving one or more incentives and/or education benefits.

Strategically, the Guard Incentives Management System (GIMS) has incorporated budgeting and reporting tools that are currently being used to provide leadership with the appropriate data and trend analysis. Use of these tools assists in forecasting budget and personnel requirements for the Army National Guard to increase personnel readiness.

What efforts does the Army National Guard plan to continue for the future?

Expand interfacing capabilities to other existing RCMS products, web-based systems, applications, and tools that will enable leaders to increase personnel readiness further. Users will soon be able to view personnel readiness in one system and complete personnel actions in another system simultaneously, combining data from GIMS with a Formation View-based user interface from the Directors Personnel Readiness Overview (DPRO). Additionally, with future releases, personnel actions can be completed entirely from a tablet-friendly interface.

Currently conducting two Lean Six Sigma (LSS) studies to address our current procedures for the Student Loan Repayment Program and Exception to Policy modules with the goal of streamlining the processes. By streamlining the processes via automated procedures and recommended system changes, the time it takes to process Incentives will be decreased and redundant workloads will be reduced.

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