Analysis of United States Air Forces Central Government Purchase Card Reachback Viability
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY
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This project investigates the viability of performing United States Air Forces Central USAFCENT government purchase card GPC purchases by utilizing stateside reachback services. Centralizing GPC purchases at a stateside reachback cell would reduce the deployment burden on the contracting career field, increase the deployment pool by utilizing contracting officers deemed ineligible to deploy, and increase efficiencies by requiring fewer personnel to do the same amount of work. The study analyzed FY 2011 data to include the number of deployed contingency contracting officers CCOs, GPC actions, and total contract actions at each Expeditionary Contracting Squadron. Using this data, models were developed that showed potential reductions in deployed CCOs if GPC actions were sent from the USAFCENT area of responsibility to a stateside reachback cell. Through analysis of USAFCENT FY11 data, the study determined that with implementation of a stateside reachback cell, current CCO manning could be reduced anywhere from 9.3 to 42.33 based on the number of GPC actions sent to the reachback cell. The study provides recommendations based on the potential reductions of deployed CCOs. One such recommendation is to stand up a test reachback cell. This cell would employ the recommended number of personnel developed by the models in this project.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies