By Earl Bittner, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Office
Jacksonville, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Asset Management iNFADS (internet Navy Facilities Asset Data Store) Asset Evaluation Team hit the road in December to do their due diligence for the U.S. Navy.
What is an iNFADS Asset Evaluation Team and what do they do? The five-person team, comprised of Roy Matthews, Roger Wiley, Barry Matthews (Team Lead) Tom Benton and Jose Torres, are tasked to validate property records of Navy owned real estate, facilities, and utilities throughout the Southeastern United States.
The team traveled to Port Canaveral, Naval Support Activity Orlando, Navy Research Lab Okahumpka, Fla. and the Naval Operations Support Center located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, returning Dec. 19, 2014.
"We validated 555 property records of Navy owned real estate, facilities, and utilities," said Torres.
The team used maps provided by GIS or local Real Property Accountability Officer's to locate anything from rocket launch pads to flag poles. They verified the users of the facilities, the dimensions of the facilities, and who is responsible for the maintenance of the properties.
Per NAVFAC P-78 Real Property Procedures Manual dated July 2008, the role of iNFADS is rapidly evolving and expanding as a result of Executive Order 13327 and other directives, mandating an increasing reliance on the real property inventory for budget programming for facility operations, sustainment, restoration and modernization. These high-level initiatives are resulting in significant changes to real property inventory business practices, policies, systems, and data.
"Accurate and timely real property asset data is fundamental to effective management of government assets," explained Torres. "Real property asset data links accountability, regulatory compliance, resource requirements, and decision support. Access to the data is essential across the Defense enterprise, at all levels."
On Feb. 4, 2004, former President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13327, "Federal Real Property Asset Management" which directed all major agencies to:
* Establish the position of a Senior Real Property Officer, who will be held accountable for the effective management of agency real properties;
* Determine what it owns, what it needs, and how and what it costs to manage its real properties; and,
* Develop and monitor real property performance measures.
"We are required to look at and assess all facilities within the Southeast Region every five years," said Barry Matthews, NAVFAC Southeast iNFADS Asset Evaluation Team Lead. "Each building, structure and utility has a real property record inventory card within the iNFADS data base and each record contains about 200 data fields. Once we validate the data, it is used to manage all naval facilities throughout the entire Navy. The data is used by Community Planners and other Navy officials."
The goal is to achieve total asset accountability, provide useful data for local real property management, provide reliable and timely data, ensure access of current data to all relevant users, eliminate duplication; and establish and enforce real property data standards department-wide.