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Merger creates the ACC Operations Group

October 25, 2012

By Mr. Larry D Mccaskill (ACC)

The merger of the Army Contracting Command's Deputy Chief of Staff Operations G3 and the Contracting Operations directorate will provide the commanding general a single touch point for operations, integrating command operations with contracting operations, said ACC officials.

"We anticipate a fusing of many functions in the ACC operations center with the merger of these two organizations, especially where complementary functions are merged to gain greater efficiency and synergy," said Col. James Fiscus, deputy director of the newly established Operations Group. "One example is in tasking. Allowing more cross-talk and vetting of taskings will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the tasking system."

According to Fiscus, many taskers previously sent to the field will now be answered within the consolidated group, thus eliminating the need to task the field. He said this process mirrors the Army Materiel Command's support to the combatant commanders and will allow for better planning.

"Building data mining and process improvement capabilities will improve our customer service," Fiscus said. "The end result of the consolidation is improved communications, responsiveness, utilization of our resources across the command and support we provide our customers."

J.R. Richardson, formerly the director of ACC ConOps, will serve as the director, ACC Operations Group, while Fiscus assumes the deputy director and G3 roles.

Before the consolidation, there were a total of 95 personnel. The new organization will have 77 employees with the remaining personnel and positions migrating to the ACC Deputy Chief of Staff Human Capital G1 or into the newly established Expeditionary Contracting Command Operations G3.

"With the standup of any new organization there will be an adjustment period for all to understand how the new organization functions," Fiscus said. "However, in most cases, it will be transparent to most of the command as the same points of contact will remain under the new structure."

The transformation and realignment of some functions has already begun and others will continue to realign over time. Fiscus said the plan is to have all personnel operating under the new structure by Oct. 30.

"Everyone should see a positive impact across ACC, ECC and the Mission and Installation Contracting Command as the fusion occurs in operations and a greater efficiency is achieved through the synergy of the new organization," Fiscus said.

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