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CHIPS Articles: COMPASS Dashboard: The One-Stop Shop for Navy Personnel Management

COMPASS Dashboard: The One-Stop Shop for Navy Personnel Management
By DON Innovation - October 30, 2017
The Centralized Operational Manpower Personnel Analytics Structured Switchboard (COMPASS) is an interactive, web-based dashboard developed by BUPERS-3 to house and organize manpower, personnel, training and education (MPT&E) analysis and metrics that support the Chief of Naval Personnel's priorities for manning the fleet, delivering Sailor 2025, and transforming business processes. This innovative platform has uncovered new ways to display and decipher complex information. Multiple views, enhanced drilldown capability, "what if" scenario comparisons and pioneering analysis allow users to quickly explore MPT&E issues and isolate relevant factors, thereby improving decision making. The product has already influenced officer and enlisted accession planning, distributable inventory planning, and a host of personnel policies.

COMPASS progressed from development to full implementation at a minimal cost. Not only does BUPERS-34 own the software, the team is self-trained in its use and can typically progress from initial idea to full product delivery in less than two weeks. All finished products are hosted on a SharePoint portal and are readily available to all users without the need for any additional licensing.

The BUPERS-3 team initiated this endeavor in a grassroots effort to more quickly and efficiently deliver information on emerging topics to leadership. The dashboard's compatibility with Excel helped move already completed analysis into a finished and deployable format. Everything has been developed with visual representations that make interpretation and navigation easy. With every product being an extension of a prior one, the level of detail is continually increasing.

COMPASS is focused on decision informing tools that align to the Chief of Naval Personnel's priorities of manning the fleet, delivering Sailor2025, and transforming MPT&E's business processes. The following is a sampling of products from COMPASS that support these objectives:

Fleet Manning Tool (FMT): Uses current year inventory and planned accession missions to age the force over a five-year horizon and forecast sea duty manning. The FMT forecasted a decline in sea duty fill commencing in FY18 with weakening continuing through the out-years if left unattended. The model is informing new policies focused on increased retention at sea with additional recommendations related to increased accessions, personnel distribution efficiencies, and requirements determinations.

Officer Accession Planning Tool: A user can target a specific population size at a specific number of years of experience, and the tool will project the accession mission that would be necessary to support that population. The user controls the size of the target population, the years of experience for that population, selects a specific community, and chooses current or historical continuation rates.

Probationary Officer Continuation and Redesignation (POCR) Board Planning Tool: Sifts through historical board results to ascertain critical elements that reliably predict continuation at the board and then uses these factors to quantify talent that was not retained due to quota limitations. The tool was used to establish the retention quota to help capture talent that otherwise might have separated from the Navy. This increased retention also has the additional benefit of enabling a reduced accession mission due to higher personnel re-utilization.

Officer Manpower Analysis Tool: Utilizing historical continuation rates, promotion opportunity and flowpoint, this tool allows a user to construct perfectly sustainable billet architectures by paygrade. Comparing with current requirements provides insight into distributable inventory challenges and reveals opportunities where community health would be improved through paygrade restructuring.

Community Rating Brief: Drilldown from top-level view permits quick access to each enlisted community and prompt visual presentation of the community's health, synchronization with seashore flow, gender diversity, advancement opportunity, and reenlistment benchmarks. Distributable inventory challenges are easy to isolate, which helps inform Professional Apprentice Career Tract (PACT) planning, accession planning, and retention polices.

Community Self-Assessment Tool: Provides full analysis of the composition of the force and its diversity. It is a total force tool and includes both officer and enlisted for all components (active, full-time support and reserve). The tool allows a user to parse the demographics of the force across multiple dimensions. This new tool is now a one-stop-shop for 90 percent of diversity requests for information (RFIs).

The greatest merits of this innovative product choice and method for delivery are its agile development, portability and access, ease of changing or revising, and minimal cost. The COMPASS dashboard is relatively new, but it has already grown to several individual products that isolate factors related to sea duty manning and community health.

The innovative analysis within COMPASS has helped to project future sea duty manning shortages, uncover retention trends of concern among different demographics, forecast the upper threshold for officer reutilization after initial pipeline attrition, and inform multiple planning areas that affect manning at sea. It is not a crystal ball, but this dashboard has definitely helped make the problems and their solutions more visible.

The COMPASS dashboard is hosted on SharePoint and is immediately available to anyone with an account (CAC required). Visit the site at https://mpte.navy.deps.mil/sites/bupers/3/SitePages/B-3%20Metrics.aspx.

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Millington, TN (October 23, 2017) Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid South personnel (from left to right) Mr. Pat Connelly, Mr. Brad Dotson, Mr. Wayne Hockensmith, and Lt. Abaigeal Pacholk, stand in front of a smartboard with the opening page of the COMPASS dashboard.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Riggs/Released
Millington, TN (October 23, 2017) Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid South personnel (from left to right) Mr. Pat Connelly, Mr. Brad Dotson, Mr. Wayne Hockensmith, and Lt. Abaigeal Pacholk, stand in front of a smartboard with the opening page of the COMPASS dashboard. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Riggs/Released
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