The US Air Force Installation and Contracting Agency (AFICA) has been successful in capturing more than $1bn in budgetary savings and cost avoidance by using a new cost savings tracker.

AFICA deployed the cost savings tracker, strategic partnerships and acquisition innovation to align with Air Force Materiel Command’s (AFMC) strategic plan.

Commenting on the achievement, AFICA executive director Renee Richardson said: “Many of the strategic sourcing efforts reported in the cost savings tracker show just how AFICA is acting as a good steward of taxpayer dollars and as a cooperative partner with local, state and federal governments.”

AFICA commander brigadier general Cameron Holt said that owing to the challenging budgetary climate faced by the US Air Force (USAF), the status quo is no longer acceptable to fulfil the mission.

Holt said: “We’re promoting a culture of ‘disruptive thinking,’ where our workforce is encouraged to question the status quo by exploring alternative and innovative solutions that result in acquiring better goods and services for our warfighters.”

“The idea is to go from just budget execution to what we call ‘strategic cost management’.”

The 366th Contracting Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base (AFB) in Idaho has pursued $155,000 in energy-efficient contracts for the 366th Fighter Wing to install LED street lights and window tinting.

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Another cost-saving initiative included changing the dining facility to-go containers to a reusable product with a five-year lifespan, saving the Fighter Wing $14,000 every year.

AFICA Enterprise Sourcing Support director Roger Westermeyer said: “The idea is to go from just budget execution to what we call ‘strategic cost management,’ where we’re actually trying to control costs and not just spending money as fast as you can.”

The 354th Civil Engineer and 354th Contracting Squadrons at Eielson AFB collaborated with the Alaska Department of Transportation in order to stripe 46 miles of highway at three interior Alaska military installations.

AFICA is one of six primary subordinate units of the US Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, which is one of six specialised centres working under AFMC.