April 14, 1999

SUBJECT: Army Reinvention Policy

The Army has made significant progress in implementing the principles and goals of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPR). To build on our achievements, I encourage Army Commands to become reinvention laboratories in order to participate in testing and experimenting with innovative processes supporting the NPR principles. In order to quickly reduce barriers to process change, reinvention centers and laboratories have the authority to waive Army policy that is not bound in law.

We have had great success in using the Army Performance Improvement Criteria (APIC) as an assessment methodology and framework for continuous improvement. Some of the benefits gained by focusing on process improvement and organizational self assessments are outlined in the numerous quality awards that Army organizations have earned. I encourage you to use the APIC to focus on your critical processes. This rigorous process evaluation ensures alignment with the NPR goals and identifies future initiatives for reinvention.

To ensure we are capturing innovative ideas resulting from reinvention initiatives, functional proponents must review the applicability of successful experiments across the force. We should then move to institutionalize these changes throughout the Army in order to exploit the accomplishments of individual commands. Additionally. we have the mission to share successful initiatives across the Department of Defense. The annual NPR report is one method used to accomplish this requirement. Reinvention centers and laboratories are required to submit an annual report to the Director of Management, articulating the successes and lessons learned in reinvention. The Director of Management will continue to oversee these initiatives and periodically provide updated reinvention designation and waiver processing procedures to the force.

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Louis Caldera


Principal Officials of Headquarters, Department of the Army
Reinvention Centers1
U.S. Army Forces Command
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
U.S. Army Materiel Command
U.S. Army Medical Command
U.S. Army Special Operations Command
HQDA Reinvention Center

Reinvention Laboratories,
Letterkenny Army Depot
U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command
U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
U.S. Army Health Care Systems Support Activity
Civilian Human Resource Management/U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army
U.S. Army Personnel Information Systems Directorate
U.S. Army Concepts Analysis Agency
Total Army Transition Division/U.S. Total Army Personnel Command
U.S Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine
Army National Guard Installation, Environment, and Logistics Dir
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
19th Theater Army Area Command
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Command
U.S. Army Research Office
U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station
U.S. Army Industrial Operations Command
U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command
U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command
U.S. Army Missile Command Research, Development, and Engineering Center
U.S. Army Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation Command
U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Research, Development, and Engineering Center

U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Engineering Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
U.S; Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
U.S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences
U.S. Army Edgewood Research, Development, and Engineering Center
U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Knox
U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command
U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center1 TECOM
HQDA, Human Resource Management
HQDA, Force Management and Strategy
HQDA, Logistics Management
HQDA1 Installations and Facilities Management
HQDA, Intelligence
HQDA, Acquisition
HQDA, Office of the Surgeon General