U.S. European Command hosts strategic contracting board
STUTTGART, Germany — Senior Component Contracting Officials, Combat Support Agency and Interagency representatives participated in the Combatant Commander Logistic Procurement Support Board (CLPSB) here, Jan. 20. CLPSB's are used to enhance U.S. European Command's operational contract support.

STUTTGART, Germany — Senior Component Contracting Officials, Combat Support Agency and Interagency representatives participated in the Combatant Commander Logistic Procurement Support Board (CLPSB) here, Jan. 20. CLPSB's are used to enhance U.S. European Command's operational contract support.

This was EUCOM's first-ever CLPSB, and it provided a valuable opportunity for senior contracting officials to address contracting support and contractor management in EUCOM's area of responsibility. Navy Rear Adm. Steven Romano, director of logistics, chaired the CLPSB.

"This is a chance for EUCOM to provide a strategic focus for contract support and policies," said Air Force Maj. Raymond Barben, Multinational Agreements Branch. "We are interested in improving our ability to leverage contract support, share lessons learned, and partner with other government agencies. With increased reliance on contractor support, we have to ensure proper planning and synchronization of these requirements."

This semi-annual board will meet again to review strategic contracting initiatives in June 2009.

Within EUCOM, several activities perform contracting activities. Service components, combat support agencies, and other government agencies award and manage supply, service, and construction contracts.

"Both the volume and complexity of operational and logistics contracting support continue to grow throughout the EUCOM Area of Operations. The implementation of the CLPSB provides the optimal forum for the service component command and national provider procurement authorities to synchronize our individual contracting missions and capabilities," said Army Col. Stephen Leisenring, commander of the U.S. Army 409th Contracting Support Brigade.

"Through the CLPSB process, we can ensure that we use the best DoD or inter-agency contracting organization, and consolidate like requirements throughout the EUCOM community. The CLPSB also enables the integration of EUCOM contracting subject matter experts into the deliberate planning processes for missions and exercises and facilitates cross-leveling of best practices."

Some of the topics covered during the CLPSB included the IT-based contractor accountability and tracking systems, integration of contractor support in EUCOM plans and exercises, development of AOR-wide contracting policies, interagency procurement structures and opportunities to leverage contract support between Components.

"In today's dynamic, high ops tempo environment the more we can leverage on the processes and partnering opportunities of all the contracting assets present in theatre the more robust will be our joint level of support that we can provide to EUCOM," said Air Force Col. Paul Horst, chief of contracting, U.S. Air Forces, Europe.

"The CLPSB will facilitate the various contracting components ability to fulfill the EUCOM mission in a coordinated and synchronized manner. This enhanced visibility of the different contracting support capabilities within the AOR is a huge benefit to all of our planning and process development."

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