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Prior to analyzing the application of the BRAC Final Selection Criteria, the following A-76
description is provided to explain how Boston Detachment is an agency uniquely positioned
as an MEO providing the best value to the Navy and the taxpayer.
A-76/BOSTON DETACHMENT MOST EFFICIENT ORGANIZATION
In 2001 Boston Detachment became the first Naval Engineering Activity mandated to
undergo an OMB "Performance of Commercial Activity" A-76 competition against the
private sector. Boston Detachment won the competition and is the A-76 certified Most
Efficient and cost effective Organization (MEO) for performing Boston's Design
Engineering Planning Yard work.
In order to win the A-76 competition, Boston Detachment reduced operating costs by 30%
beating their closest competitor by $11 million over a 5 year period that began on October 1,
2004. Savings were primarily achieved through position eliminations due to organizational
restructuring and position downgrades of 40% of the workforce.
The DOD BRAC recommendation of realigning this work to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is
made with the inherent assumption that Puget Sound Naval Shipyard will perform this work
at the same cost as the Boston Detachment MEO. There is no rationale provided to justify
this assumption. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard has not submitted a BRAC plan to
accomplish the Boston Detachment work in accordance with the Boston Detachment MEO
structure and cost basis.
The Boston Detachment in-house cost to perform the A-76 study (including contractor
support) was $700,000. This resulted in a payback time of less than 11 months to the
government for the A-76 cost savings effort. Under the proposed BRAC realignment, the
government will never realize the $11 million savings provided by Boston Detachment
MEO. This non-realization of savings must be accounted for in the BRAC analysis.
This proposed BRAC realignment undermines the intent and integrity of the A-76 process,
which was mandated by Executive Order, and like BRAC, is meant to improve efficiency.
The BRAC and A-76 programs should be allowed to coexist rather than undermine each
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