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News | Sept. 3, 2020

DLA Distribution and Defense Security Cooperation Agency align mission and efficiencies to save costs

By Matthew Mahoney Defense Logistics Agency Distribution

In response to the defense wide review conducted Dec. 17, 2019, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution assumed oversight of three Defense Security Cooperation Agency Humanitarian Assistance Program Excess Property sites. The alignment, a current and on-going effort, will not involve the movement or exchange of material, but, with DLA Distribution assuming oversight, is projected to save taxpayers upward of 18% of the current storage and distribution costs.

The transfer of oversight will also generate future cost savings with little to no impact to the program’s global customers. In fact, the June 2020 transfer was so seamless, the shift in oversight from DSCA to DLA was transparent to current customers.

The current HAP Excess Property program operates out of three separate locations in Albany, Georgia, Livorno, Italy and Okinawa, Japan, where current warehousing functions can be easily assumed by DLA Distribution. The warehouse transfer will streamline processes and extend overhead cost savings to the taxpayer for humanitarian assistance programs that assist with equipment to address disaster risk reduction, mitigation and preparedness; health-related projects and activities; basic education support; and basic infrastructure to directly relieve or reduce human suffering, disease and hunger.

The move is a joint decision between the DLA Director and DSCA Director following the Defense Wide Review. During the review, the DLA Director expressed a need to gain effectiveness and efficiencies by bringing into alignment the humanitarian assistance program storage and distribution functions inherent to DLA Distribution.

“There will be no adverse personnel actions to employees as a part of this transfer,” said Matthew Williams, acting director, DLA Distribution Strategic Plans.

The plan to realign certain employees applies only to those employees within U.S. Army or U.S. Marine Corps units providing storage and distribution services to HAP at the specific regions of the transfer. The transfer of personnel is conducted “as is, where is,” which, for those employees, means there will be no adverse employee actions. Additionally, DSCA HAP Excess Property customers will continue to see efficient and effective service to support humanitarian missions.