Reduce Administrative Distractions Website Launches

Story Number: NNS130701-05Release Date: 7/1/2013 9:21:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Nathan Laird, Defense Media Activity

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations' Reduce Administrative Distractions (RAD) Team website launched July 1, and the effort is underway to get direct input from Sailors on how the Fleet can streamline or eliminate administrative processes to allow more time to focus on mission readiness.

The interactive RAD website provides all ranks, active, Reserve and Navy civilians with a platform to voice their concerns about administrative tasks, procedures, instructions and training, and propose solutions to fix these issues. It will function much like a social media interface, allowing users to comment and vote on posts.

The collected data can be analyzed by many different variables, from what is bothering commanding officers to what junior Sailors are concerned with.

The site has generated several responses on a wide variety of topics including anti-terrorism force protection, quality assurance, Navy Knowledge Online and electronic routing. IdeaScale rewards users with merit badges based on their activity on the site.

Data collection via the RAD website is phase one of the multi-phase approach to streamline or eliminate administrative processes in the fleet and is slated for completion July 31. In phase two, the collected data will be analyzed and the team will make proposals to the "owner" of the administrative program for automation, elimination, reduction or other action by August 30. Phase three will be the action phase, allowing execution of the reduction measures and will wrap up Sept. 30.

Upon completion of the three phases, the program will promulgate the progress to date, monitor the impact and plan for the next cycle.

For more information, or to give feedback, visit the RAD website at

7/29/2013 9:58:00 AM
There is a need to reduce the number of collateral duty programs within the Navy. The PRT program is useful, however, it can be better and more efficiently done by having shore based fitness facilities administer the test MON-SAT on a sign up basis. With about 300K sailors and 300 days, that is only 1000/day x twice a year, that must take the test. The Navy must have at least 50-100 fitness facilities. This would also ensure the program is adminstered to the exact standard.

7/29/2013 9:24:00 AM
Training Cycles in the respect of to many entities- I have been through several LOA's, INSURV's and have noticed there are way to many inspection teams AMSEC, ERAT,IRAT, ISIC,ATG, EAP. I feel this is not necessary. There needs to be more effective communication, coordination and trust between the inspection teams in regards to a standards that are enforced. For example there are administrative tasking that burden the crew for having SOE's, discrepancy list and training that are not consistent.

7/22/2013 10:28:00 AM
FEP - get rid of the program. Everyone has to pass a PRT/PFA to leave boot camp. We all know the requirements to maintain physical standards. If you do not care enough to maintain, go home. There is way too much time spent by those that do maintain standards, to help those that don't get back in standards. Also commands that transfer someone that is out of standards should have to absorb the fiscal burden they have caused.

7/21/2013 2:41:00 AM
- Create a one source input for service member’s data (Main HUB in NPC) that connects it’s info to or drawl info from OMPF, ESR, NSIPS, FLTMPS, BOL, NKO, CIMS, PRIMS, NFAAS, TWIMS and any other data base source. - Create programs that will drawl info out and fill the blanks of automated Standard Forms as well as EVAL/FITREP, letters of designation driven by SSIC, travel form etc, give each field on the document a field name to pull info into. Merge the data in the forms from the HUB.

7/19/2013 12:14:00 PM
"Attention All Hands, Attention All Hands", The Navy has strategically confused all sailors into thinking that OMPF, ESR, NSIPS, FLTMPS, BOL, NKO, CIMS electronic records is a streamlined approach to SVM record keeping when in fact it has systematically ruined sailors trust in the extremely profession servicemen and civilians who attempt to keep our records updated. To find out you have not advanced beyond E7 due to inconsistencies in you record is outright unforgiveable and UNSAT!

7/19/2013 6:28:00 AM
PRIMS needs a revamp. It is the most non-user friendly website that I have ever had to use. Opening a member record you should not have to click down into 5 menus to print out a PARFQ or PRT record. List everything on one page and make it easy.

7/19/2013 12:40:00 AM
I think making everything CAC enabled was a good idea for websites etc, put their are still some websites that require us to have a password, that defeasts the purpose of having the CAC card. Also, why do we need SIPR Token (CAC) for classified computers if we have a regular CAC card, the SIPR Token is unclassified?

7/18/2013 9:36:00 AM
The length of the mandatory training classes continues to grow. The number of mandatory training sessions each year continues to grow as well. Many of the training courses have several slides, numbering 50+. Slide content could be reduced on several of the training courses to a maximum of 10 - 15 slides, allowing the trainee to focus on the important/critical information. Maximum time for "unclassified" mandatory training should be no more than 15 minutes.

7/17/2013 1:01:00 PM
Far too often I see sailors that have to log onto BOL, NKO, ASM, FLTEMPS etc. to accomplish their task at hand. there should be a stand alone website that you CAC into to complete all the above. your LPO/LCPO can see your accomplished work/quals an sign it off as completed, rather than printing it out and routing it up. On NKO when you complete yearly/quaterly/GMT courses, your supervisor should be able to see that as well. this will delineate paper certificates, save time and money.

7/16/2013 1:40:00 PM
I would recommend ASM go Navy wide. I just came from a command (squadron) that had ASM and now my new command (ship) doesn’t have it. Also it would be great if we could implement the ordnance qualification / certification program into ASM.

7/15/2013 9:23:00 PM
The Navy has too many administrative tools that can easily be modified to perform the same functions and achieve the same goals. OMPF, ESR, NSIPS, FLTMPS, BOL, NKO, CIMS etc can be streamlined to perform effectively as one tool.

7/15/2013 8:00:00 PM
With articles about mistakes on service records and pay mistakes, it would make sense to take a close look at PSD manning.Also, with CPCs being mandatory,make sure that all commands are billeted PSs. There are many commands that dont have the right person acting as the CPC.Command leadership see CPC as a collateral duty when in fact it directly effects their Sailors.It's not a difficult problem to fix if our leaders are serious about it. Ask the fleet they know whats needed.

7/15/2013 12:10:00 PM
I think that the Navy should focus time and effort on implementing some type of mentoring program for females. I have been in the Navy for 8.5 years and I have noticed the lack Women in upper echlon positions. There are so many fewer women Chiefs, Senior Chiefs, and Master Chiefs. Female Officers are also trailing to men in numbers. From a junior sailors perspective, it is hard to find a Woman in a leadership position to look up to and emulate. This is discouraging and I would love to see change

7/15/2013 11:20:00 AM
Have all Mandatory Training available in video form where upon completion, the appropriate "system of record" is notified via CAC. This would eliminate multiple tracking systems at one site. Also allow Supervisor Access in this "system of record" so the Training Office doesn't have to pull reports to send to all of the Departments every few days. The Supervisors would have immediate access to their employees training records.

7/14/2013 12:51:00 PM
Reduce the amount of different WEB sites that we as Sailors have to log onto to do the same job. For example we have the ESAM and WESS sites for tracking Safety related items WHY, and we have FLTEMPS, NKO, ASM all track quailfications and training WHY.... and none talk to each other. This would save time and MONEY......

7/13/2013 10:07:00 PM
We need to improve family readiness in San Diego, California. The Shore Manning Document needs to be reviewed and corrected to put senior enlisted active duty military USN/USMC on board. We do not have ANY uniformed personnel in the housing office in San Diego. We can do better to help/mentor our active duty personnel that are transferring into a fleet concentration area. Senior enlisted administrative specialist or officer personnel would be conducive to our mission in supporting our families.

7/12/2013 3:56:00 PM
Elimination of various databases such as the Performance Service Record (PSR), electronic training jacket (ETJ), Navy Department Awards Website (NDAWS) (personal portion only) and use only NSIPS ESR and OMPF.

7/10/2013 3:09:00 AM
As a Chief, we seem to be having too much training these days. Between GMT, CPO 365, mandatory standdowns, various leadership courses, and the new mandatory CMT (Chiefs Mess Training), many of these training are redundant and duplicating each other. I spend more time training, doing a mountain pile of admin paperwork, and attending organizational and command and area mess CPO meeting than actually doing the important thing - doing the real work and interaction with Sailors.

7/9/2013 10:24:00 PM
Cancel PSD Afloat return some PS's to the ships and increase the PS manning at shore PSDs by getting rid of contractors. Create a PERS command that holds the PSD CIV and PSs accountable. There aren't any guidelines or consequences. PSDs are never the same and you never know who to contact if you get the horrible customer service they usually provide.

7/8/2013 1:49:00 PM
Really how is this pole going to be different then any of the the other poles we have taken. So far it sounds like this is a platform for folks to vent to a larger stage. We will not be able to change the Navy over night. Some change is good but if we make too many changes too fast it could be really bad.

7/8/2013 12:58:00 PM
Get rid of PSD Afloat and return the responsibilities to the PS onboard the ship.

7/8/2013 9:43:00 AM
In my opinion, the Information Technology Purchase Request (ITPR) is an administrative nightmare. I personally haven't had to fill one out but I have observed it. I've heard nothing but complaints. I have also seen another IT who had to assume the responsibility of ITPRs, because their Chief retired, shy away from completing one. A unit should not have to complete an ITPR to replace equipment (ceiling projector) for a classroom that has been operational since the 1970s.

7/8/2013 12:24:00 AM
Sailors are increasingly being required to run multiple programs, in addition to performing multiple functions within work centers. Actual jobs are frequently being given less attention due to the on-the-fly demands of extra jobs. In striving to satisfy ten masters, we fulfill the requirements of none.

7/7/2013 10:30:00 AM
Do what ever is neccessary to keep our Sailors and U.S.Military properly trained and up to date on what is taking place now in this complex and competitive world we live it Our men at women must continue to get top pay at benifits along with up to date training ... To keep Our U.S.Navy at Military The "Best" of the best while keep them safe and protected too. Threefold Blessed Be!!!

7/7/2013 9:39:00 AM
Nko should be easily accessible via mobile devices.

7/3/2013 9:46:00 AM
With budget cuts and furloughs upon us, what possible benefit is DAWIA for our already degreed engineers? Navy Engineers are graduates of accredited engineering schools and most do not work with ACAT programs. Many being forced to take these systems engineering classes have significant experience and yet these time consuming and expensive courses are mandatory. Make exemption to DAWIA the rule and only require DAWIA for those directly associate with ACAT projects.

7/2/2013 8:17:00 PM
Remove required reading boards. standing and active

7/2/2013 10:01:00 AM
ALCON, From a medical stand point we do a lot of charting 3-4 times for one thing. An example is when we give an immunization it recorded in a couple databases and then hand written in the medical record as well. An example would be that the Immuniztion would be recorded into SAMS, MRRS, and the medical record. A problem in the fleet we run into is that immunizations are not recorded the same way throughout the Navy. On shore duty they give the immunization and record it once in MRRS.

7/2/2013 9:52:00 AM
Career Development Boards are a useful tool for our shipmates who are interested in advancing in their career, and/or interested in specific programs. The mandatory year anniversary CDB should be eliminated so we can focus on the motivated shipmates who actually want to do a CDB. Furthermore, Developing our careers is a year round process, not just some paperwork to fill out once a year.

7/2/2013 2:30:00 AM
Recommend mandating use of NSIPS E-Leave at every command from the request level on up. Also recommend using the same system to process special request chits. Two big benifits of this are faster routing times and end-to-end tracking (no more, oops it fell into the trash can, don't know what happend to it).

7/1/2013 11:05:00 PM
that is a brilliant Idea I know many great leaders in war history and in sports and different things good thinks come from different ideas it is good to get other perspectives good luck sign James Crowton ijust think about you service men an women all the time good luck and GOD speed Keep safe

7/1/2013 4:28:00 PM
How do you enter an issue, is there some other easier way than trying to learn how to tweet? V/R, J B Douglas CDR/USN

7/1/2013 3:10:00 PM
I sincerely hope the Navy tight up some of the waste of time of administrator nuisances, we thought that with automation our problems and delays would have been solved, surprisingly entering the so call "electronic world" aggravated the situation more. Example: DTS: the worse system created, now you do not only submit paperwork but the delays to pay the GCC is three times worse. NSIPS, you can't update your record still a middle man to do it for you, but God forbidden they forget, another prob

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A screen capture of the new Reducing Administrative Distractions website scheduled to open on Monday, July 1.
130628-N-AT895-110 WASHINGTON (June 28, 2013) A screen capture of the new Reducing Administrative Distractions website that went live Monday, July 1. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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