“We put everything (on the Community of Practice) you need to get ready for an inspection,” explained U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Greg Scott, manager, information management and the knowledge owner. “Among the documents on the community are current checklists, findings, IG reports, and the inspection schedule.
There is also an Inspector General message board and key Air Force Materiel Command Inspector General links.
“Anyone can see the Inspector General public page and can request permissions to delve into other areas if needed,” Scott explained. “We do restrict some information to IG members only.”
“Our Community of Practice is also evolving to be our central planning tool for the IG Team to prepare for an inspection,” he noted.
Another new product from the Inspector General is Crosstell. “Crosstell is a short newsletter emailed to the field to let them know about changes to inspection processes, arrivals and departures from the IG team and new things the IG is doing,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Pete Ames, Unit Compliance Inspection branch chief.
It’s just an organized, simple way to get information to the field he said. It will also be archived on the Community of Practice.
“You have to pull information out of the community but with the Crosstell, we’re pushing the information to the field,” Bower said.
“For example, we are working on an Air Force Materiel Command instruction to complement the Inspector General Activities AFI 90-201,” he emphasized. “We don’t want to send the whole instruction out but publicizing its status in the Crosstell lets the field know about it and they can look at it for themselves.”
“In the May 2006 issue of the Crosstell, there was a section announcing the Inspector General Community of Practice and where to find it,” Ames said.
“Basically the Crosstell saves personnel a bit of time by giving them the highlights of the newest IG information,” he said. “The Crosstell will also tell them where they can go to directly access that section of the Community of Practice.”
“Crosstell will be sent to the field when we have enough new information to warrant a new issue but not less than quarterly,” Ames explained. “There is an organizational mailbox for people to send their information to us. Our editor will put that in to the newsletter and distribute it electronically.”