The EUCOM Managers Internal Control Program (MICP) and Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) reside in EUCOM’s J7 Analysis and Assessments Directorate. Although separate entities these programs are key to organizational effectiveness, compliance and materiel resource management.
MICP helps assure obligations and costs comply with applicable law and funds, property and other assets are safeguarded against waste, loss, unauthorized use or misappropriation. The CPI reviews internal business processes to make sure they’re as efficient as possible by indentifying and cutting redundancy and waste.
EUCOM employees are expected to ensure programs operate efficiently and effectively to achieve desired objectives. MICP uses performance-based management tools to document key processes and controls, assess risks, and document and implement improvements to material weaknesses.
To build on MICP while developing a cost-culture within EUCOM, J7 spearheaded CPI with tracking and reporting progress to the Secretary of Defense:
- New Lean Six Sigma classes provide the tools to identify and eliminate root causes of waste while securing dependable high-quality deliverables.
- Problems or concerns elevated during MICP submission provide project work for newly trained LSS Green Belts. Individuals or directorates outside MICP reporting channels may also elevate minor/smaller issues.
Directorates and Special Staff are asked to:
- Determine high-risk areas
- Establish plans for testing controls
- Test control plans
- Document findings
- Develop corrective action plans for weaknesses
- Report whether accounting systems comply with the comptroller general’s principals, standards and related requirements.
EUCOM ECJ7 provides training, guidance and assistance and leverages in-house expertise to identify, report and recommend corrective action.