Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Study: Navy Could Save $30 Million

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Study: Navy Could Save $30 Million

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The Navy could save $30 million a year if bases in Jacksonville

and Southeast Georgia would consolidate support services such as

security and weather forecasting, a government study says.

"There's unanimous agreement there's too much redundancy,

waste, duplication, inefficiency in the way we run the business

of shore installation management," said Rear Adm. Kevin F.

Delaney, who is the coordinator for Jacksonville-area bases.

"We are aiming toward spending about 30 percent less by the

year 2002 than we do today on our shore infrastructure," Delaney

said. The plan, he stressed, is to reduce personnel gradually by

attrition, not by mass layoffs.

To identify ways to reduce the cost of base support functions

through regionalization, the Navy is conducting pilot studies in

Jacksonville and San Diego.

The heads of major commands at Mayport Naval Station, Kings Bay

Naval Submarine Base, Ga., and Jacksonville and Cecil Field

naval air stations sit on the local study committee.

Preliminary results suggest the potential for full or partial

regionalization in a wide range of areas, from fire prevention

to supply and data processing.

"The study was just to see if it was feasible to do, if there

was money there to be saved by regionalizing," said Capt. Dave

Walton, co-chairman of the project. "Implementation comes next.

There are lot of details to work out with implementation."

One of the study's recommendations, for example, is to

establish a central office to oversee administration of the

security departments at the region's four Navy bases.

Another is consolidating the business support offices in charge

of hthings such as payroll, equipment purchasing and contracting

for each base's recreation department.

"Again, that will give us a smaller layer of upper management,"

Walton said.

In other areas, technology might be the key to savings. For

instance, separate weather briefing services for pilots at

Mayport, Cecil Field and Jacksonville NAS could be eliminated

through the use of an interactive video system. …

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