Interim personnel system clicks with users

On target: Lt. Col. Joseph Klumpp says Army brass got what they wanted with eMILPO, an HR system that is faster, more flexible and more user-friendly than its predecessor.

David S. Spence

More than four years ago, the Army began planning to rid itself of the outdated code in its old human resources software program to make way for a new Web program called the Electronic Military Personnel Office.

In addition to relying on obsolescent software, the former system'Standard Installation Division Personnel System Version 3'was slow and expensive, said Lt. Col. Joseph Klumpp, product manager for the Army Human Resource System. The eMILPO system not only offers an upgrade in performance, Klumpp said, it has made it easier for human resources workers and general military users to find, update and use personnel data.

The Army knew it had to begin transforming its human resources systems to prepare for the 2006 transition to the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System, an initiative that will span the Defense Department.

The service wanted a system that was quicker, more flexible and user-friendly. Klumpp said Army brass got that with eMILPO, which was designed and built by EDS Corp. and fully deployed in August of last year.

'The feedback that I get from the users is that the application is intuitive and very easy to use. They also like the fact that it is Web-based and available to them 24 hours a day, seven days a week from anywhere in the world,' Klumpp said.

He said eMILPO also has boosted the Army's data integrity because the service no longer has to synchronize multiple databases.

'In addition, the one-page Enlisted Records Brief allows enlisted soldiers to review their records anytime without having to go down to the personnel service companies and wait in line to be served by a personnel clerk,' Klumpp said.

The system provides easier navigation and improved query and report capabilities through the enterprise database. It uses software from Cognos Corp. of Burlington, Mass., to conduct queries and generate reports.

EMILPO supports four main functions: personnel accounting, personnel services, promotion and reassignment.

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