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Virtual Individual Position Record

What is it?

The Virtual Individual Position Record (VIPR) is an electronic "continuity book" that is intuitive in operation, broad in knowledge collected and readily searchable for ease of knowledge retrieval. The book - known as VIPR - was tailored by U.S. Army Forces Command to be hosted on Microsoft SharePoint, easing data entry by using the familiar Microsoft Office applications - Word, Excel, and Power Point.

The VIPR consists of a Job Information Form with data cells in which the employee can enter tacit position knowledge. These cells are organized to elicit the most relevant job information such as position description, duties and responsibilities, tasks and processes, authority, management responsibilities, professional development and reading, and professional Internet sites and contacts. Additional SharePoint libraries provide areas in which the employee can place relevant documents that expand on position knowledge, and provide ready references for the new employee. Entry means are flexible, and the data is easily retrieved by the user and others who need the knowledge. The VIPR provides a "living" enduring forum for collaboration on projects, documents, reports and planning.

What has the Army done?

Under the provisions of Base Realignment and Closure 2005, FORSCOM headquarters will relocate to Fort Bragg, N.C. not later than Sept. 15, 2011. As the Army's lead for the Readiness Core Enterprise and Army Force Generation, knowledge transfer is critical to mission continuity, since many of the command's highly specialized and experienced work force will decline the opportunity to relocate. FORSCOM's Knowledge Management Branch developed VIPR to help ensure mission accomplishment.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

FORSCOM's leadership selected VIPR as the means by which all staff directorates will meet the requirement for knowledge transfer as the relocation effort gathers momentum. As the capability matures, VIPR will be made available to other Army organizations also facing similar relocation challenges associated with meeting the requirements of BRAC 2005.

Why is this important to the Army?

A great deal of explicit (documented) job knowledge and information gathered and cultivated over many years might well evaporate when an incumbent departs. The traditional "exit interview" format may prove inadequate to capture sufficient position knowledge to help a new employee rapidly become proficient in their job. In such an instance mission continuity might be placed at risk.


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