Cover: Understanding and Reducing the Costs of FORSCOM Installations

Understanding and Reducing the Costs of FORSCOM Installations

Published 1996

by Joseph G. Bolten, John Halliday, Edward G. Keating

Download

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 4.2 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback91 pages $9.00

The Arroyo Center has been investigating alternative approaches to reducing the cost of base operations at FORSCOM installations. Researchers analyzed expenditure data from the eight major installations (Forts Bragg, Campbell, Carson, Drum, Hood, Lewis, Riley, and Stewart) and visited six of them to discuss with garrison personnel their reengineering efforts, contracting experience, the Installation XXI initiatives, and other aspects of base operations. The data indicate that for a variety of reasons, expenditures for base operations functions can differ widely across installations. Limitations of the Army financial accounting system make it difficult to draw specific conclusions about these expenditures without detailed analysis of data from each installation. Decentralized approaches to reengineering seem to hold some promise for reducing future operating costs, but it may be difficult for the Army to realize all potential savings in the long term. Proposals to create a hub/satellite structure or centralize functions should be examined carefully before implementation. The civilian pay cap to be applied in FY96 and the implementation of Integrated Sustainment Maintenance have the potential to create some problems if unit and installation incentives are not aligned with overall Army policy. Finally, although increased use of contracting has been proposed as an alternative to civilian employees, this will not solve all current problems. Contracting has advantages, but the A-76 (Commercial Activities) process must be simplified, and installation experience with contracts should be more widely disseminated. Moreover, contracting functions does not necessarily save money, although installations with major contracts are generally satisfied with contractor performance.

Research conducted by

This report is part of the RAND monograph report series. The monograph/report was a product of RAND from 1993 to 2003. RAND monograph/reports presented major research findings that addressed the challenges facing the public and private sectors. They included executive summaries, technical documentation, and synthesis pieces.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.