Yesterday, CPC staff completed the final requirements of our annual financial audit. As I had acknowledged in the last installment of the Cyberflash, the CPC Officer Personnel Management Division (OPMD) staff that service the majority of transactional HR needs for our officers have been significantly encumbered by this year's audit. Quite frankly, every year presents a resource challenge, but this year was exceptionally taxing. Even with the added assistance of NOAA's Office of Finance and Administration personnel, the past two months has been a monumental drain on CPC's OPMD staff resources. As a result, they have been taken away from providing service to you.
During this period of significantly reduced ability to service our customers, many of you have patiently waited for various things – PCS orders, PCS voucher reimbursements, retirement processing, approved resignations, awards, resolution of OPF Fix cases, et cetera. I thank you for your patience. However, I ask that you PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out to me if you absolutely cannot wait on an action by CPC at ANY time during the year for ANY need. No matter how swamped we may be, my staff and I will find a way to juggle the workload and meet your needs. Don't be a martyr!
During this recent drought in transactional service, I was contacted by a couple of officers who were apologetic in reaching out to me in their desperate quest to receive service for their significant and pressing needs. Please do not wait on critical items until you're at your beam ends, please don't apologize for calling me, and above all else please don't feel you shouldn't reach out to me when you've got doubt as to the status of your needs or you need assistance. As I used to write in my night orders, "Call me if in doubt, in need of assistance, and at 0640." You better not call me at 0640 (although it would be interesting to get calls at 0640L from all of our deployed ships and planes) but as "CO" of CPC I expect that you will call me when in doubt or in need of assistance. If you're not sure if you have doubt, then you have doubt and you must call me.
Looking toward the start of next year, I am concerned by a similar situation occurring but in a different CPC division. The resource issue looming on our HR horizon which you should be aware of has a tCPA of approximately this winter and is not due to workload (yet) but due to the unexpected departure of officers previously scheduled to report to CPC's Officer Career Management Division (OCMD.) I'm hopeful that we can resolve these unexpected and critical vacancies by mid- to late Spring 2017. This looming situation made me think of the ship metaphor I had used to describe the state of CPC when I assumed the conn back in February. There's still flooding in the engine room and we're all still bailing as fast as we can, and we still have an inch of freeboard left. We just weathered some heavy seas (the audit) and now, in addition to flooding in the engine room (OPMD), a weld in the hull plating appears to be giving way in the bow (OCMD.)
Your continued patience is appreciated as we continue to prioritize workload amongst our crew and find creative ways to meet customer demands.
Call me if in doubt or in need of assistance.
CAPT Amilynn E. Adams, NOAA
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