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Primary Inventory Control Activity (PICA) and Secondary Inventory Control Activity (SICA)

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Alternate Definition

Primary Inventory Control Activity (PICA) and Secondary Inventory Control Activity (SICA) designation indicates the principal supply control activities responsible for establishing and controlling stockage objectives, and maintaining item accountability for consumable and repairable assets that have common use across the different Services.

  • PICA - a single manager responsible for cataloging, procuring, disposing and identifying depot level maintenance assignment. A PICA serves as the principal supply control activity responsible for establishing stockage objectives, controlling stockage objectives and maintaining item accountability for an item of supply. (Formerly called the Wholesale Inventory Manager.)
  • SICA - coordinates with the PICA to eliminate redundancy. A SICA serves as supply control activity for controlling stock-levels and maintaining item accountability when supply support is furnished by a different Military Service or agency, or, in the case of defense supply centers, responsible for residual supply management actions not transferred to the General Services Administration (GSA). (Formerly referred to as the Retail Manager.)
Alternate Definition Source

DoD Manual (DoDM) 4140.68, Integrated Materiel Management of Nonconsumable Items

DoDM 4100.39, Federal Logistics Information Systems (FLIS)

General Information

PICA/SICA Assignment

Nonconsumable items entering the DoD inventory are assigned to a single Military Service for materiel management PICA. When the item is used by more than one Service, there may be a SICA as well. The PICA is required to notify the SICA when significant OSD budget reduction to the PICA procurement or repair funding are made and when such reduction may adversely impact support of SICA requirements.

PICA/SICA determination authority is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment (ASD(Sustainment)), delegated to the Service Secretaries via the Integrated Materiel Management Committee (IMMC). DoDM 4140.26,Volume 1, DoD Integrated Materiel Management for Consumable Items: Item Management Code Assignment, describes the role of the IMMC, which is responsible for ensuring the IMMC policies are aligned with the policies of DoDM 4140.01, Volume 1, DoD Supply Chain Material Management Procedures:  Operational Requirements.  Any depots, inventory control points, or other supply activities can be designated as a PICA/SICA. 

Nonconsumable Catetories

DoDM 4140.68 contains provisions for the assignment of specific single wholesale management responsibilities on all nonconsumable items except those in the following categories:

  • Conventional ammunition items
  • Cryptologic items under the cognizance of the National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Nuclear items under the cognizance of the Defense Special Weapons Agency (DSWA)

Federal agency organizations may participate with the DoD Components, e.g., the US Coast Guard (USCG), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and GSA, but only when and to the extent they adopt the terms of the DoDM 4140.26, Volume 1.

The objective of the IMMC is to eliminate unnecessary duplication in the wholesale inventory management of nonconsumable and consumable items. Other roles and responsibilities of the IMMC are also spelled-out in the DoDM 4140.26, Volume 1. Office of primary responsibility falls under the ASD(Sustainment)