UPDATE: COVID-19 “Necessitates” Unlocking IPPS-A’s “Full Capabilities” (6/10/2020)
U.S. Army G-1 has been able to leverage a new product — the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) — to track Army National Guard units mobilized in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Putting so many ARNG Soldiers on State Active Duty required a change in Army policy and more accountability and reporting to Pentagon leaders. IPPS-A’s new features proved an ideal, modern solution.
“What we did was unlock IPPS-A’s already existing innovative capabilities and made sure that Human Resources Soldiers in the Army National Guard had flexibility to maneuver and update the statuses of their Soldiers,” said Maj. Lee Baklarz, IPPS-A Release 2 Sustainment Lead. “They needed to be able to report duty statuses to the Army using IPPS-A instead of using something like an excel spreadsheet that required tedious additional data entry.” Read more at Full Capabilities.
UPDATE: IPPS-A Analyst Steps Up during COVID-19 Pandemic to “Do what I trained to do” (5/4/2020)
Aristotle once said: “Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.” For Maj. George H. Johnson, IPPS-A Business Intelligence Analyst, his decision to volunteer at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital to support the COVID-19 response effort is about using his Army skills to answer the needs of the nation during a global crisis.
A career-long member of the Army Nurse Corps, Johnson decided to offer support to Fort Belvoir because “this is what we train for.” Read more at Steps up.
UPDATE: Telework Demonstrates Adaptability of IPPS-A System, Personnel (4/24/2020)
The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has brought the United States of America to an almost complete standstill. Numerous businesses from restaurants, to hotels, cruise ships and airlines have suspended operations or laid off employees as America quarantines in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
One program that hasn’t halted operations is the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A). Through telework, the program finished its implementation of the system to the Army National Guard, and is maintaining its sustainment efforts for National Guard states already live in IPPS-A. The IPPS-A Release 3 team is also continuing its efforts to prepare the system for its release to the Army’s Reserve and Active components. Read more at Telework.
UPDATE: COVID-19 Mobilizations (4/9/2020)
Team IPPS-A, National Guard Bureau (NGB) and Human Resources Command (HRC) have been collaborating to ensure that all mobilization transactions are thoroughly reviewed and tested. This is to ensure Soldiers receive the correct benefits and pay associated when called up to support COVID-19 support efforts.
IPPS-A has been following up with specific weekly live user training to support the ARNG States perform transactions correctly after all testing is complete and NGB has authorized transactions to begin.
UPDATE: IPPS-A Provides Improved Visibility, Aiding Coronavirus Response (3/31/2020)
With implementation of the Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army across the National Guard in all 54 states and territories, Army leaders now have improved visibility as the Guard continues to support COVID-19 operations nationwide.
The new system, integrated on March 24, is a “game changer,” said Roy Wallace, the assistant deputy chief of staff for personnel Army G-1. For the first time, the National Guard can manage a wide range of human resources and pay actions under one secure web-based application. Read more at Release 2 Completion.
UPDATE: Release 3 Build – Continuing Mission during COVID-19 Pandemic (3/25/2020)
The Release 3 Build Team transitioned to remote operations with minimal impact to build activities. System Integrators (S.I.) and developers continue to complete configuration and development from dispersed locations for safety, and Functional Management Division (FMD) functional personnel are holding regular meetings with external stakeholders and S.I. personnel using teleconferences, Defense Collaboration Services, and Skype messaging to ensure we meet the scheduled timeline. Through persistence and virtual collaboration, the Release 3 Build team is focused on meeting the December 2021 timeline. Additionally, we are working with Release 2 functionals to capture lessons learned from COVID-19 to ensure we provide the best system possible.
STATEMENT ON THE COVID-19 SITUATION (3/18/2020)
IPPS-A CHANGE CHAMPIONS,
In accordance with Army-wide guidance, we stand ready to continue our operations at IPPS-A, protect the health of our team, and to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.
The IPPS-A team will be utilizing various technologies to conduct long-term and day-to-day business to secure IPPS-A fielding, sustainment, and operations. Live training webinars will continue this month on Accessions: PSG and Unit Level CRM Management (see link below). We encourage the field to participate in this training and to ask their questions and learn more about these topics.
Additionally, the fielding group 10, the final group, is scheduled to go live next week and bring to fruition Release 2 representing countless hours of hard work, dedication, and relentless commitment to excellence. Our team will continue to work towards that goal and keep you informed of any changes.
The Army is monitoring the situation and our team is closely linked and prepared to support our allies in the field through this challenging time. We ask that you stay informed and adhere to the latest guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and your chain of command to #KillTheVirus.
Thank you for your dedication and support in bringing the number one human resources modernization effort to the Total Army.
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Army COVID-19 Guidance: https://www.army.mil/covid-19
THE IPPS-A TEAM