Navy bases seeing changes in services due to standardization
Navy bases throughout the world are seeing a change in janitorial services and facility maintenance as a result of a standardization effort begun Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year.
The standardization was ordered by Commander, Navy Installations to cut costs at shore bases, with the saved money going for the modernization of ships, aircraft and weapons systems.
The changes come from long-standing variations in funding and services throughout Navy regions and a desire to better manage costs, according to Rachelle Logan, spokeswoman for the commander.
“It is the Chief of Naval Operations’ goal to provide the appropriate level of base operating support,” Logan wrote in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes.
Logan stated that before the 2002 establishment of CNI, for example, the “true costs of facility support services were not known.
“CNI was created in part to address these issues and reduce shore installation management costs through efficiencies,” she wrote.
To meet this requirement, Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, for example, is cutting back services for offices, bachelor quarters, child-care centers and fitness centers.
The child-care center, which is the least affected facility on base, will now have its floors mopped twice per week instead of the previous three times per week, and the cleaning of walls and “low horizontal surfaces” will be done weekly instead of daily, according to a recent article in base newspaper Panorama.
Last year Naval Forces in Europe, which includes Naples, were funded at one “capability level,” but were receiving services at the next higher level, Logan wrote.
“To execute the [Chief of Naval Operations’] goal, CNI uses capability levels which measure the [level of service] for a given funding level,” she wrote.
Capability level 1 is the highest level of service, and consequently most expensive, and level 4 provides the least amount of service. Naval installations will now all be funded at level 3, the second lowest level, with the exception of utilities, which will remain funded at level 2.
In a “stockholders report” put out by CNI for Fiscal Year 2003, about $180 million was budgeted for facility support services. Facility support services include janitorial, pest control, refuse collection/recycling, grounds maintenance and street sweeping/snow removal.
Janitorial services accounted for $59 million of the $180 million in 2003.
Logan wrote that CNI does not yet have figures for fiscal year 2004.