The Challenge:

The Naval Sea Logistics Center (NSLC), headquartered in Mechanicsburg, PA, is responsible for conducting inventories of Operating Materials and Supplies (OM&S) at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) warfare centers and detachments in preparation for Navy material audits. In April 2019, NAVSEA established the Fenceline to Fenceline (F2F) team to drive full accountability of all warfare center OM&S. However, given the sheer volume of material and a need to account for all material quickly, NAVSEA knew they needed to augment their existing staff with material accountability experts to meet their inventory goals and remain mission and audit ready.

The Approach:

NSLC hired the Nakupuna Companies, who rapidly staffed traveling teams at an initial nine warfare centers (later expanded to multiple detachments) to identify and process off-book OM&S material for induction into the Accountable Property System of Record (APSR), reutilization by other Navy activities, or disposal through the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services. Using various Navy and DoD logistics IT applications (electronic Retrograde Management System (eRMS) for reutilization of repairables; Electronic Turn In Document System (ETIDS) for material identified for disposal; Federal Catalog System (FEDLOG) for identifying material characteristics; and Navy ERP to induct off-book material), the Nakupuna F2F team identified material by stock number, classification code, demilitarization code, and several other critical cataloging data points so they could properly process the material for induction, reutilization, or disposal. Once an individual warfare center’s accountability assessment is complete, our teams move to the next identified warfare center or detachment to continue the effort.

The Results:

Since commencing this effort, the Nakupuna team has inducted over 20,000 line items into Navy ERP (the APSR), identified over $355M in depot level repairables (DLR) for reutilization, and disposed of over 40,000 line items of excess material. The team has worked at 23 different warfare centers and detachments over the past two years, resulting in 4 of the warfare centers and 14 detachments now reporting as audit ready. Our inventory teams were able to meet all F2F accountability requirements even while traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic, overcoming the inherent challenges of operating under and adhering to evolving guidelines and safety measures. The F2F team continues to provide accountability support to warfare centers and detachments across the NAVSEA enterprise.