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Commentary | May 10, 2022

FSMS: Weekly progress report from the Incident Command

By Petty Officer Third Class Riley Perkofski, FSMS Incident Command

The FSMS Incident Command (IC) is hard at work on initiatives to improve system performance and enable execution of the Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget.  Here are three new initiatives you need to know about this week.
1. FSMS Latency Surveys: To better diagnose system latency issues, the IC will be contacting individual users experiencing poor system performance via a new survey. The survey will only take a few minutes to fill out, but will provide critical information to help the IC better understand and fix the problems. Please help us help you by completing the survey if you receive one.
2. Micro Purchase Proof of Concept:
Based on feedback from the field, the IC determined that the existing micro-purchase processes presented an excellent opportunity to reduce workload in the field, improve FSMS performance and service delivery, and maintain financial management and procurement compliance.  Over the past month, we have been testing new processes to accomplish these goals.  The initial results are extremely promising – indicating potential to reduce workload in the field by 60% and improve overall FSMS system performance through significantly reduced number of simultaneous FSMS users.  Based on these initial positive results, we are expanding implementation and testing to all Regional Support Teams, the FORCECOM Support Team and other select locations. See ALCOAST 161/22 for more info.
3. PCS Purchase Card Policy:
To enable rotating Purchase Card Holders to hit the ground running at their new units, the Head of Contracting Authority (CG-91) has promulgated policy enabling Purchase Card Holders to complete new card applications prior to departing their existing units. This will ensure your new card is ready when you get to your new unit. See ALCOAST 164/22 for more info.
You can find the latest progress updates and job-aids on the newly launched FSMS homepage (CAC required).