Arsenal could get 87 new jobs


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Posted Online: Nov. 19, 2012, 10:00 pm
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Up to 87 workers could move to Army Contracting Command-Rock Island (ACC-RI) when the Army closes its National Capital Region contracting center next year as part of a workload redistribution.

Army Contracting Command-Capital Region (ACC-NCR), in Alexandria, Va., will close July 20, 2013, with its workload distributed to other contracting centers operated by the Army Contracting Command, according to a news release.

Michael R. Hutchison, ACC-RI executive director,said factors such as alignment of customers with similar missions, ACC-RI's low turnover rate and low cost of operations, led many of the positions to move to Rock Island.The workload redistribution could result in four new major customers for ACC-RI, three in the information technology arena, he said in the release.

The Army predicts the move will save about $13 million annually.

The redistribution affects 260 civil service positions and six military positions. All ACC-NCR civil service employees will be offered their current position at the new locations; soldiers will be reassigned through the military personnel system.

"This was a difficult decision," said Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, commanding general, U.S. Army Contracting Command, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. "But as good stewards of the taxpayers' money, we must make the most effective and efficient use of our resources, including our people."

High employee turnover and operating costs were the primary factors for the changes, Gene Duncan, acting chief, Operations Division, ACC Operations Group, and project officer for the transition, said in the release.

ACC-NCR employee turnover was more than 30 percent from Oct. 1, 2010 to June 30, compared to normal workforce attrition of 8 to 10 percent. Moving the organization from a highly competitive area will reduce turnover, stabilize the workforce and improve the already strong customer service and contract quality, Mr. Duncan said.

Other centers receiving ACC-NCR's workload include Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (79 positions); Warren, Mich. (10 positions); Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. (32 positions); Redstone Arsenal, Ala. (22 positions); Mission and Installation Contracting Command offices at Fort Knox, Ky. (10 positions); and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas (12 positions).

Fourteen positions will remain in the National Capital Region at Fort Belvoir, Va., to handle support functions.

Employees have until Jan. 8, 2013, to accept or decline the reassignment. Employees who decline transfer can register in the Priority Placement Program designed to help displaced employees. ACC also will provide relocation and transition assistance.

Employees also may be eligible for placement through the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan for positions outside the Department of Defense.


















 




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