Military traffic command to consolidate headquarters operations

The Military Traffic Management Command announced plans Monday to consolidate its two headquarters offices into one, cutting about 250 jobs in the process. John Randt, an MTMC spokesman, said operating two separate headquarters that perform the same duties and are located only a few hours apart from each other in Virginia is inefficient and not cost-effective. "For the last three years, we have had two nearly identical headquarters [in Alexandria, Va. and Fort Eustis, Va.] performing parallel missions, which confused customers and workers," said Randt. MTMC, which is responsible for managing all military deployments, runs operations at 24 ports around the world. The headquarters operations staff, which is currently split between Alexandria and Fort Eustis, will relocate to Fort Eustis. The idea behind the reorganization is to eliminate duplicate staff functions at the two offices. Randt said the restructuring would cut about 250 civilian and military personnel positions within the organization's total worldwide staff of 2,346. Employees affected by the reorganization will be eligible to receive training to qualify for other jobs within MTMC. Randt said no employee would be adversely affected by the downsizing before June 30, 2003. Although the reorganization will affect employees in both locations, the Alexandria office will feel the greater impact, said Randt. Randt called the reorganization "an historic change" for the Military Traffic Management Command. "It's change with a capital 'C,'" he said. "Many people will be called upon to rise up and either relocate, retire or be retrained." The Army officially approved MTMC's reorganization last month, Randt said. The advance of automated systems has made it easier for organizations to do business, and MTMC, given its global presence, is eager to take advantage of the efficiency technology offers, he said. The latest reorganization comes nearly a year after MTMC announced a similar streamlining last summer. In that effort, MTMC consolidated supply, finance, and personnel positions at the headquarters in Alexandria, trimming about 200 jobs. Randt said in the latest reorganization, some employees could opt to retire, while others will undergo retraining for other positions within the organization. An early-out program would impact only about 29 people, he said. Randt could not predict how many employees would actually be laid off, but indicated that the number would probably be close to the number of employees who will be laid off due to last year's reorganization. There are less than 10 employees who are still in jobs eliminated by last summer's streamlining, and those employees will lose their jobs at the end of September, Randt said. According to Randt, the news of another reorganization is not a surprise to employees. "This issue had been addressed in employee meetings with Maj. Gen. [Kenneth] Privratsky, and there is a general awareness that this is going on," he said. Privratsky is commander of MTMC. In fact, many of the ideas to streamline MTMC's operations to become a more efficient organization have come from employees, according to Randt.
Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.