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Proposed Paradigm Change to Physical Inventories. Al Green, CPPM CF Department of the Interior Office of Acquisition and Property Management 202-513-7542 Federal Center Chapter September 26, 2012. Property Inventory Control Program. A Proposed Paradigm Change for Inventories

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proposed paradigm change to physical inventories

Proposed Paradigm Change to Physical Inventories

Al Green, CPPM CF

Department of the Interior

Office of Acquisition

and Property Management


Federal Center Chapter

September 26, 2012

property inventory control program
Property Inventory Control Program
  • A Proposed Paradigm Change for Inventories
  • Three Proposed Policy Changes and Pilot Test
  • What We Learned and Recomendation
a proposed paradigm change for inventories
A Proposed Paradigm Change for Inventories
  • Personal property over one million items of personal property valued at over $1.7 billion
  • Museum property consisting of more than 160 million artworks, artifacts, documents, and other museum properties and priceless !!!
property inventory control program1
Property Inventory Control Program


  • To modify the current methodology for conducting personal property physical inventories, processes and frequency of inventories.


  • Industry’s best practices and ASTM International Standards.


  • To strengthen the PICP for over a 161 million personal and museum property assets.


  • Use systematic control techniques to accurately maintain asset accountability as required by law for government personal property in the possession of DOI.
expected efficiencies
Expected Efficiencies
  • 50 percent physical inventory reduction
  • Effective management of employees time to focus on specific property types rather than the entire inventory
  • Physical control over high risk assets including electronic stewardship (reuse, remanufacturer, recycle)
  • Streamlining and maintaining accurate and timely recording of transaction historical events





Physical Touching Every Asset


Three Proposed Policy Changes

  • Change of designated authority;
  • The method for physical inventories, and
  • The frequency of physical inventories.


american society for testing and materials astm international standards
American Society for Testing and Materials - ASTM International Standards
  • Adapting ASTM standards is crucial to the Property Inventory Control Program. It is through these standards that will help to identify the expected efficiencies.
  • ASTM E2132-01, Standard Practice for Physical Inventory of Durable, Moveable Property;
  • ASTM E2131-09 Standard Practice for Addressing and Reporting Loss, Damage, or Destruction of Tangible Property;
  • ASTM E2279-09 Standard Practice for Establishing the Guiding Principles of Property Management
  • ASTM E2605-08 Standard Practice for Receiving Property.
  • Note: For your information you can purchase a copy of any of these ASTM Standards at the following web site:





Location Survey

Validation Techniques

Location Records Review

pilot test findings
Pilot Test Findings
  • DOI Personal Property

- BLM - Denver National Operations Center

-- Wall-To-Wall (100%)

-- Inventory by Exception Random Sample

-- 793 (100% Accurate) 285/1000 = (29%)

- USGS - Texas Water Science Center

-- Wall-To-Wall (100%)

-- Fleet by Exception

-- Total Fleet Assets 87 Random Sample

-- Random Sample 17 (100% Accurate) 74/87 = (85%)

  • DOI Museum Property

-- Random Sample methods used for last 20 years

other support
Other Support
  • Department of Energy (Title 41, Part 109 - PPM STD and Practices)

- Resulted in 87% reduction in their inventory effort.

- Changed the majority of their frequency of inventories to

every three years.

- Use statistical sample inventories led to a $6.6 million savings.

- Maintain inventory accuracy rate of 97% or better.

  • Boeing, General Dynamics and ITT

- Uses industry leading practices to reduce and eliminate

traditional, costly 100% inventories.

  • Leading organizations (Aerospace Industries Association) and (DOI-OSMRE)

- Have completely eliminated 100% inventories by using

inventory by exception or inventory by transaction techniques.

what we learned
What We Learned
  • Established the basis that anytime an asset is handled during the inventory cycle, it may be counted as inventoried using Inventory by Exception.
  • Confirmed that the frequency of inventories should be a predicated on several considerations: the type of property; movement of property; the volume involved; and an estimate of usage.
  • Achieved a higher inventory accuracy rate than expected when we applied the new inventory methods.
  • Level of internal control was better than expected and maximizes inventory performance with minimum interference on operating activities.


what we learned1
What We Learned
  • Validated that ASTM Standards and leading business practices do help to streamline inventory processes.
  • Testers were able to save time and effort using the new inventory methods to replace 100% physical inventories; training will be necessary to implement.
  • Creates the flexibility to choose among the inventory methods that best fits specific personal property types.


paradigm change to physical inventories picp timeline 16 months


1. Approve PICP Methodology

2. Implement PICP Methodology Including Next Steps

Paradigm Change to Physical InventoriesPICP Timeline – 16 Months




SEP 11



Pilot Test



SEP 12



technological innovations
Technological Innovations
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Bar-Code Readers
  • Tablets and Smart Phones APPs
  • Digital Video
  • Smart Card Technology