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15 Association of the United States Navy MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS LAUREN K. JENNINGS What are your top priorities for CNRMC? A couple of years ago, we combined the SEA 21 job overseeing modernization programs, inactive ships, with the maintenance oversight job. So, I do both of those jobs. at was a Navy effort to integrate those commands a couple of years ago, and that's princi- pally because you've got to have maintenance and modernization directly interfacing to make sure you properly define all the requirements for our ships. And we tracked on-time, on-budget delivery, so the top priority is getting all the work done, all the scope that's required on schedule against the assigned availability dates, and second to that is to do it within the budget. And there's been quite a few improvements over the last few years. We changed the contracting strategy about three years ago. We went from a MSMO [multi-ship, multi-option] contract to a MAC-MO [multiple award contract, multi order], which means we went from cost-plus contracting, where requirements get defined much closer to or during availability, to a fixed-price contracting, where requirements get defined more than a year ahead of the availability. Our key focuses are on time, within scope and on budget. Over the last few years, say from 2014 to today when some of those contracting strategy changes took effect, from 2014 through 2017 it resulted in approximately a 50 percent reduction in lost oper- ational days. We had around 5,000 days of overrun in the 2014 timeframe, and we reduced that by about 50 percent through 2017. We still have a lot of challenges in those areas, as the ships of today are RDML James P. Downey, deputy commander, Surface Warfare, and com- mander, Naval Regional Maintenance Center, ad- dresses attendees during a Ship Maintenance Panel with program executive officers at the Surface Navy Association's 30th National Symposium Jan. 11 in Crystal City, Va.

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