The roles and responsibilities of C10F (FCC) and IFOR are well defined for those personnel inside each organization. For the rest of the Navy, however, it's not just confusing, but frustrating. IFOR is supposed to equal admin chain, like the other TYCOMs, except this is only true on a function by function basis. Some items which are clearly administrative are at FCC/C10F. I offer the following from recent experiences in my current billet: 1) command climate surveys for FCC/C10F units are administered via C10F(clearly administrative); believe the rest of the Nay handles them through the TYCOMs. 2) security clearance matters for FCC/C10F units are also still handled at FCC/C10F; not sure why an operational command does this, as I don't see other numbered fleets handling clearance matters for surface, air, or sub forces (again, believe it's likely done at the TYCOMs). 3) Personnel matters typically are handled at IFOR. In fact, not sure personnel matters ever made their way up to C10F/FCC. I remember from my time at NCF when decisions would be made at FCC/C10F and passed to NCF to actually execute. DIRSUP, of course, is different, in that it continues to be handled at FCC/C10F, unless we're talking about DIRSUP for the IWC as a whole. In that regard, each community seems to handle DIRSUP however they like. 4) Equipping is handled by everyone - could be a cool box from NCWDG via FCC/C10F decision, could be a well established program/process which IFOR executes, could be a command doing the right thing on its own. 5) Training is all over the place as well - CT F schools and CCOP are pretty well handled by IFOR, but other training could have you going a different route (think METOC).
What we have today is very difficult to understand and even more difficult to work. There is not a cohesive approach to MTE at IFOR which is fully recognizable to anyone, and a few operations at FCC/C10F are not operations, but left over functions which people have done for several years. Similarly, I'm not convinced IFOR is completely administrative in focus (FEWC, for example, could just as easily be part of NIOC Norfolk). The spasms of change incurred between 2005 (end NSGA) and 2014 (enter IFOR) were damaging on a number of levels. Everyone makes the best decisions they can at the time, but that doesn't mean all the best decisions were good ones. I do think the fractured and incomplete IWC functions and roles at IFOR and FCC/C0F inhibit the IWC, and its ability to work with other Navy staffs. Some of it is because they don't understand how "we" work, most of it is because not enough of us understand how "we", and/or they work. Personally, I think the overall impact is greater to the CWO/CT community than to the other three communities, as we drew stronger community identity with FCC/C10F than did the other IWC communities. That stands to reason given we have had two Commanders in that organization. Imagine a world with no CWO officers in charge of C10F, IFOR, or OPNAV N2/N6. Our situation is incredibly taxing to both staffs and to their customers and subordinates (more time required to find solvency/discover process, relative to and through the rest of the Navy's staffs). This tax becomes larger over time, too, as we add mission and continue double, triple hatting, etc. So, yes, it's a problem, and it's a wicked hard problem to solve. Untangling those two staffs - IFOR and the remaining administrative functions at FCC/C10F - requires very tough decisions which affect a wide range of jobs, money, and control. And, who in the IWC is smart enough in all the four communities to do so without doing harm to one or more in one or more areas (assuming complete control of all four)? Most of the time, the easier option on any given issue is to figure out how it works, grin, and bear it, or find a work around. While it's ugly now, at some point I am confident it will get resolved and we will have clarity. In the interim and on the brightside, we do have tremendous people at each of these organizations who will do everything they can to enable the success of others even though it may be a bit confused and clunky. Just have to work the phones and find them.