ASAC emerged from the now-defunct Administrative Advisory Committee. "It was felt that the AAC had become too large and unwieldy to handle all the issues brought before it in an efficient, timely manner," says Angie Garcia, business services administrator. The newly streamlined group meets once a month and focuses on big- picture matters that affect the organization as a whole. "We try not to get bogged down in addressing the details. Generally, assignments are dealt with outside of the committee and the results are brought back for the committee's review and consideration."
Several subcommittees have been established to deal with such issues as information systems, contracts, institutional savings, human processes, and communications. "These subcommittees don't necessarily include only ASAC members," says Angie. "We bring in people from all over the organization who would like to contribute to the discussion."
One of the bigger recent concerns has been the Bi-Tech accounting system. "We fanned out to all of our constitutents [administrators at NCAR, UOP, and UCAR] and asked them to identify their greatest needs as users of the system." Two staff members, Rebecca Oliva and Tracy Paplow (both of Business Services), are heading up a Business and Finance Task Group devoted to developing solutions for these customer-oriented Bi-Tech issues.
Staff who have concerns about administrative matters are encouraged to contact Angie or any other ASAC member. "If people have ideas or concerns--or plaudits--we want to hear from them."
Paul Sperry (chair) ASP, ACD Laurie Carr HR, RAP, HAO Reta Gates NCAR Director's Office Lorie Gillis/Jeff Reaves UCAR President's Office, F&A Pat Harris ISS, FSS Mike Moran CGD Pete Peterson SCD Jon Rush UOP Bob Snow ATD, MMM, ESIG