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"LPn n jlUJ Utah Hill AFB, 11 r ff LI U TV rU J yi (i hill.af.mil Vol. 57 No. 32, August 2, 2001 D www.hilitoptimes.com hilltop.pa 84056-582- 4 i No accident ....... v , .. v - - ' . ' ' A. ... . .' - - ' . - " ,i tS" . - - V' h 1 ; ... INSIDE: Olympics tickets co on sale Wednesday Page 2 ' Photo by Mary Galbralth Area community firefighter learn the hazards of controlling an aircraft fire a part of training with the Hill Fire Department The training is designed to Improve commu- nication and cooperation between the departments. See related story and photos, page 13. Honor Guard salutes vetsrans Page 2 start sergeants Page 3 Kid's Day . celebration Friday ' 1 HILL AFB, Utah - As part of a force Pentagon, Hill Air Force Base will see an increase of 322 military authorizations and a decrease of 24 civilian authorizations. Air Force officials announced the proposed changes Friday affecting the total force active duty, Guard and Reserve including the locations of people, aircraft and organizations across the United States. This announcement addresses fiscal 2002 force structure, realignment and mission changes, adjustments for efficiency and both congressional and presidential directives. Uraent care changes Page 4 Ogden Air Logistics Center will exchange 32 civilian slots for 32 military slots, which are needed to support Team Hill's Aerospace Expeditionary Force require- ments, according to the Air Force's announcement V W "We're converting some vacant civilian personnel authorizations into military personnel authorizations," said Andy Flowers, Ogden ALC director of Civilian Personnel. This exchange is ongoing. A number of authorizations have been transferred over the last year and a half and will continue to pccur as the authorizations become vacant through nor-- 4 Data .' Yoga classes offered Page 12 II 419th Fighter Wing Heads Up Pages A-- C Air Force shooter alms fcr games Page 14 v Shag visits Ramsteln Page 15 Summer Bash Aug. 6-- 12 imm-9W- m mi jij .hi. Edwards AFB The 4 12th Logistics Support Squadron reduces 16 military authorizations due to Fast Payback Capital Investment Program initiatives. The 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron will lose 29 military authorizations as a result of 2 and B--l test program adjustments. Other minor adjustments result in a decrease of two military and two civilian authorizations. Total impact is a decrease of 47 military and two civilian authorizations. OL-Los Angeles AFB 17th Test Squadron gains three military authorizations from Vandenberg AFB for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. Other minor actions result in an increase of two military authorizations. Total impact is an increase of five military authorizations. OL-Air Combat McClellan AFB Command's Regional Supply Squadron, loses one military authorization due to the closure of Air Force Materiel Command depots. F-2- 0 E, mal attrition. We expect the exchange to be completed around fiscal 2004. The bottom line is no civilian jobs will be lost as a result of this force structure announce- 1 1 to support the increased AEF workload. The Office of the Secretary of the Air Force directed the changes in personnel composition to bring the Air Force's structure in line with President Bush's fiscal 2002 budget Before making final decisions concerning the major movement of forces, the Air Force will conduct appropriate environmental analyses and ensure compliance with Clean Air Act provisions. Other Air Force Materiel Command bases affected are: ment," Flowers added. There will also be a decrease of 22 civilian authorizations due to a reduction in the Ogden ALC foreign military sales workload; while at the same time, 43 civilian authorizations will be gained for other missions. The 75th Security Forces Squadron gained 20 military authorizations to support AEF commitments. The 388th Fighter Wing will gain 261 military authorizations for 6 maintenance, one for mission planning, and F-1- a Hilltop Times staff Hill AFB is using a new method of tracking daily activities to better evaluate processes and costs. By the end of fiscal year 2002, Activity Based Costing will be a household name. Using ABC as a method of collecting information, employees will input what they do and how long it takes into a Daily Employee Log of Time and Activities database called DELTA. Because the database converts hours worked to dollars, supervisors and managers can analyze the data and use it to make better management decisions. "In these austere times, we will continue to do more for less, and be expected to do it smarter," Michael Bryson, ABC project manager said. "ABC gives us the ability to look, sort and see how much it's really costing us to support a customer. Then, we can start slicing and dicing the data, and make management decisions based on what we know from the information." The Air Force adopted ABC as a data collecting method about three years ago. The DELTA ABC tool was modified to fit the Ogden ALC's needs after originally being designed and developed for the Defense Logistics Agency. Every organization on Hill AFB, except the Depot Maintenance Mission Area, will be or are already using DELTA. Working with organization program administrators, Bryson said DELTA will be fully operational by the end of next fiscal year. To date, around 2,400 people are trained and have DELTA available to collect their time. "Getting buy-i- n is probably the biggest obstacle," Bryson said. "IU be honest, there is nobody who really wants to do this kind of thing because if s another thing that we have to do. But once people start seeing what California ABC gives us the ability to look, sort and see how much it's really costing us to support a customer. Then, we can start slicing and dicing the data, and make management decisions based on what we know from the information, Michael Bryson they can get from it, how the data shows obstacles, it seems to be OK. "I, as a government worker, want to be able to have the money to do the things that I need to do. So if we're not doing some smart things with some of (the money) , let's quit doing those and start doing smart thing with it (DELTA) will help do that," he said. "While this is still a work in progress, we've recently begun using the reports option to identify how our employees are being utilized to ensure their time and skill, as well as funding sources, are being used adequately, sufficiently and properly," said Diana Rollins, DELTA system administrator for the Mature and Proven Aircraft Directorate. The database is according to Bryson. It's designed with a common activities dictionary of overhead functions that every organization does in user-friendl- C, Florida Eglin AFB The 96th SFS increases 26 military authorizations for EAF support. The 96th Communications Group increases see civilian authorizations for test and evaluation. The 96th Mission Support Squadron increases eight civil- See Force Structure, page 6 process, costs wd DD airoalyze by Sue Berk I atutlhionzaftooiris management actions resulting from vi 1 gains 322 mil it airy structure announcement made by the Celebrating new Page 4 Hill y, i some way, shape or form. The organization's specific tasks are added under major and sub activities. "As a user, I find (DELTA) relatively easy to use because of the drop down menus, repeat entry option and other features," Rollins said. "It's done with a hot list a most recently used feature," Bryson said. "So, the things (an employee) does all the time are at the top. That makes it very conve- nient" In addition, "directorate program administrators have easy access to the DELTA team in the Plans and Program Directorate who are always willing and able to help with any tweaks we need made," Rollins said. Training and online user guides are also available to employees to help familiarize them with DELTA. Employees should make entries daily. In doing so, it should normally take only 2 - 5 minutes to record daily tasks on most desktop computers. Older systems may be a little slower, Bryson said. Although employees will have to account for a full day's work, they don't have to fear that someone may look at the data and say they are not working hard enough. Right now center officials have an agreement with the local union that DELTA information will not be used for disciplinary action or on annual appraisals, according to Bryson. The cost to gain such valuable information is minimal. Cost to the Ogden ALC thus far is $184,000. Total cost for development and implementation is $298,000 with the remainder coming in a grant from Secretary ofthe Air Force for Acquisition. The government owns the software and a contractor develops and maintains it "I looked a long time for a tool that was inexpensive and flexible," Bryson said. "Every time we want a change, it doesn't cost us an arm and a leg, it's a very simple hourly rate. Other models being used cost 30 times more than that"