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MICT provides insight for users

The Management Internal Control Tool is used to show complete transparency and deficiency trend data to commanders, Major Commands, and Air Force Headquarters. It standardizes the self-assessment process and guides program managers in making sound decisions for correcting deficiencies. (courtesy graphic)

The Management Internal Control Tool is used to show complete transparency and deficiency trend data to commanders, Major Commands, and Air Force Headquarters. It standardizes the self-assessment process and guides program managers in making sound decisions for correcting deficiencies. (courtesy graphic)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Management Internal Control Toolset, otherwise known as MICT, has grown in importance since its inception at Vandenberg in 2012.

MICT is used to show complete transparency and deficiency trend data to commanders, Major Commands, and Air Force Headquarters. It standardizes the self-assessment process and guides program managers in making sound decisions for correcting deficiencies.

"MICT was designed, implemented and developed in Air Force Reserve Command to improve unit self-inspection program efficiency, commander oversight and deficiency trending capabilities," said Tech. Sgt. Roy Champion, 30th Space Wing Self-Assessment Program manager. "Originally, the targeted user was USAF Wings, but the program has since been developed to provide Functional Area Managers and other higher headquarters leaders the ability to revise checklists and focus resolution efforts according to identified trends."

Included in the MICT application are multiple training modules to help acquaint new users with the system. Section managers, supervisors and inspectors are primarily responsible for being familiar with MICT and its consistent upkeep.

"There is a Self-Assessment Program manager in every unit, and we ensure the unit has all the appropriate checklists to fully assess their programs," said Champion. "We also coordinate with Functional Area Managers to resolve program issues."

With today's motto of do more with less, the simplicity and paper-less function of MICT is a breath of fresh air for base personnel.

According to an AF article written by Staff Sgt. Brandon Boyd, "MICT serves as a one-stop resource that replaces the inefficiencies of paper-based checklist binders with a more streamlined system. If any checklist items are revised by higher headquarters, updates are designed to be pushed directly to the MICT system with alerts highlighting all revisions."

Although it is sometimes confused, MICT is a self-assessment tool and not a database.

"MICT is a unit self-assessment tool," said Angel Garcia, 30th SW Inspector General. "It is also essential to understand that the self-assessment communicators developed by higher headquarters are not all inclusive of what is required for full compliance. Therefore, personnel have to understand and comply with our Air Force instructions, policies, guidance and public laws. As a team we can detect our own compliance blind spots by identifying problem areas, drafting corrective action plans with the help of experts and leadership if needed, and by verifying that our corrective actions correct the noncompliance and prevent the noncompliance from reoccurring."

Since its implementation, MICT has proved to be an integral element to successful base operations.

"MICT is used at all levels to assess adequacy of policy, training, manpower, funds, equipment and facilities," said Champion. "It gives us an avenue to communicate directly with leadership to determine solutions from the spotted trends."

The MICT website can be accessed at https://mict.us.af.mil. For more information, contact Tech. Sgt. Roy Champion at 805-605-8164.