‘Super FOA’ to Consolidate Air Force Installation Support Agencies
The Air Force Office of the Civil Engineer is coordinating plans to consolidate the service’s three civil engineering field operating agencies (FOAs), as part of the Air Force’s response to directives to reduce civilian staffing and streamline operations.
Under the plan the FOAs — Air Force Real Property Agency (AFRPA), the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE), and Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency (AFCESA) — would be merged into one Civil Engineer FOA. The move is intended to streamline and reduce manpower, and increase support provided by the Office of the Civil Engineer to major commands and installations.
“Efficiencies through standardization and centralization will occur at every level (from base-level to the Pentagon),” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told 360.
As a result of efficiency initiatives launched by DOD directing the Air Force to reduce civilian personnel to fiscal year 2010 levels, “reductions are being made at all levels, including the Air Staff, major commands and installations, and impact all functional communities,” she said.
“Rather than simply react to mandated reductions, we are continuing to look for efficiencies in our operations as a way to smartly adjust to the changing fiscal environment and provide the right support at the right time for our installations and contingency missions,” Stefanek added.
The consolidation is planned for fiscal 2013, but the plan is still in coordination, so the timing is subject to change, she said.
Geographical locations will remain the same under the new organization — AFCESA at Tyndall AFB, Fla., and AFRPA and AFCEE at Port San Antonio, Texas. The Office of the Civil Engineer is working with the civil engineer community to develop a name for the new organization.
For its part, AFRPA is particularly excited about the change. Its website has a clock counting down until the planned Oct. 1, 2012 consolidation. As of today, it’s just 285 days away.