The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, concerned about the prospect that the Army may transfer responsibility for day-to-day management of the service’s depots and arsenals to its Installation Management Command (IMCOM), directs the service to establish policies to ensure the move does not result in “unintended consequences.”
The panel includes its request in report language accompanying its portion of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that it marked up last week. The Army still is evaluating the feasibility of shifting management of its industrial base installations from Army Materiel Command (AMC) to IMCOM, according to the provision. Other services already manage their industrial base in a similar manner.
While the panel “commends” the Army for considering ways to improve efficiency, because of its concerns, it directs the IMCOM commander in consultation with the AMC commander to ensure that if the transfer goes ahead:
- depot and arsenal production remain under the authority of the depot and arsenal commanders;
- IMCOM establishes a formal process to prioritize the expenditure of resources for depots and arsenals within the IMCOM budget;
- duplicative management structures are not created; and
- the Army’s industrial base retains the needed flexibility to allocate its funding to best meet its customers’ needs.
The committee also directs the Army to brief the defense committees within six months after a decision to shift management between the two commands is approved.
The full committee is scheduled to mark up the authorization bill May 9. The subcommittee’s portion of the legislation is available on the committee website.