This report assesses the FY 2012 reorganization of the Air Force Material Command (AFMC), which was undertaken as one of the initiatives to achieve mandated budget reductions by eliminating civilian manpower positions, thus achieving cost savings. One AFMC challenge was to absorb these cuts with minimal, if any, impact on its assigned missions in part by targeting staff positions.
Assessment of the Air Force Materiel Command Reorganization
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- What effect has reorganization of the Air Force Materiel Command had on its ability to perform its assigned missions?
In fiscal year 2012, the Air Force Materiel Command reorganized as one of a number of initiatives to achieve mandated budget reductions. In the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress required an assessment of five elements of this reorganization: (1) the effectiveness and efficiency of the reorganization; (2) the extent to which synergies due to collocation among developmental test and evaluation, science and technology, and acquisition can be replicated in the new organization; (3) the reorganization's impact on other commands' ability to meet their responsibilities for operational test and evaluation and follow-on test and evaluation; (4) whether the reorganization is in adherence with 10 U.S. Code Section 2687 (i.e., BRAC law); and (5) the extent to which the Air Force coordinated the reorganization with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and if any concerns raised by OSD were addressed. This document fulfills the NDAA reporting requirements.
The Reorganization Created Opportunities for Increasing Effectiveness and Efficiency
- The elimination of civilian staff positions is expected to result in an annual savings of $109 million.
- The reorganization introduces opportunities for increased effectiveness and efficiency.
- AFMC is implementing initiatives to exploit these opportunities.
- Mitigating solutions have been put in place by AFMC to address potential challenges introduced by the reorganization.
Table of Contents
Introduction and Context of the AFMC Reorganization
The AFMC Reorganization
Methodology for Assessing the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Reorganization
Assessing the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Reorganization
Institutional Synergies and the Test and Evaluation Mission
Adherence with 10 U.S.C. Section 2687
Coordination with the Office of the Secretary of Defense
Section 2814 of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act
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