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The OALS is a very important logging system. Using the OALS you can run queries to answer questions regarding the following:

End-of-Year Workload Factors

(This is probably the most important factor of using the OALS. It cuts your time by more than half when looking up the number of projects worked on during the FY; the amount of acres involved; the various types of habitat each project must be broken down into; the amount of time spent on each project; the number of projects located in each of the ecosystems that are included in each field station work area, etc.)

Reports for Regional Office
(Example: Section 7 monthly reports take only about 15 minutes to calculate)

Reports for Washington Office
(Example: FERC requests for each FY)

Reports to Field Supervisor
(Example: List of all Incomplete Work per month; List of all Work that was completed after the due date;
List of all items logged in each month, etc.)

Reports for all Corps of Engineer Projects, National Forest Projects, State Highway
Projects, Coal Projects, TVA Projects, etc.

At the Cookeville Field Office we receive at least two to three telephone calls each week from private consultants, state agencies and federal agencies inquiring about the status of a project. Using the OALS I can tell the caller which biologist has been assigned to work on that particular project, whether it has been completed and mailed, or when it is due to be completed, and also what the status of the project was at completion time (e.g., no objection, denial, modification requested, no species, species involved, etc.).

During the four years that the OALS has been in use at the Cookeville Field Office I have found that using this system is the most efficient one to date. It makes completing end-of-year reports a breeze compared to the old system of using a paper logging system. You do not have to look up pages and pages of paper log sheets and then calculate the information requested. Using the paper system in the past normally meant having to pull the project from the files before you could answer all the questions needed to the Workload Factors Report. By using the OALS, you can query any and all information you need into one report. The OALS also totals the number of projects involved, the acres involved, totals the number of projects per item, breaks down projects by ecosystem and/or river system; etc.