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November 2, 1998

Defense Logistics Agency Garners Five Hammer Awards

The Defense Logistics Agency recently garnered five Hammer Awards - Vice President Al Gore's special recognition to teams who have made significant contributions in support of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government principles. DLA teams earned Hammer Awards for developing and deploying the Distribution Standard System; establishing the Defense Ozone Depleting Substances Reserve; reengineering the Bid Evaluation Model; improving the material return process at DLA depots; and automating the Defense Finance and Accounting Service's process for recording Government Bills of Lading.

DLA's Distribution Standard System Team at Fort Belvoir, Va., developed and implemented a single Distribution Standard System at all DLA distribution depots. Previously, DLA and each of the military services operated supply depots using different systems, which made changes and improvements to depot operations difficult and expensive. Instead of building a new system, the team reviewed existing systems and selected the Army's, which could be modified and enhanced to best meet the Department of Defense's requirements at the lowest cost. DSS brings many business process improvements, such as inventory accuracy and workload planning.

The Defense Ozone Depleting Substances Reserve, located at the Defense Supply Center Richmond, Va., provides DoD with the capability to centrally receive, reclaim and issue Class I ozone-depleting substances, such as chlorofluorocarbons and halons. The reserve conserves reuse of ODS, protects the environment, and reduces procedural requirements to customers on their ODS returns.

The Bid Evaluation Model is an automated system used by the Defense Energy Support Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., to determine the overall lowest cost for more than $3 billion worth of annual fuel contracts. The Bulk Fuels Business Unit radically reengineered the BEM to incorporate advances in information technology that allow it to determine fuel distribution patterns more efficiently and economically, process calculations and reports at much greater speed, and transmit data from a mainframe to a desktop computer.

DLA's Materiel Returns Improvement Team at Fort Belvoir, Va., reinvented the process used to screen materiel for potential restocking when customers return the material to the agency's distribution depots. The team shortened the materiel return process by improving communications, reducing bureaucratic approval channels and empowering technical experts to make screening decisions. The improved process reduces total inspection costs and is projected to yield an annual cost avoidance of about $10 million.

The Defense Automated Printing Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., automated the paper-intensive process that the Defense Finance and Accounting Service used to record Government Bills of lading as obligations. Under the revised process, DFAS records the obligations for GBLs when the services are rendered. The GBLS are electronically stored and data are retrieved at the site where the invoice is paid.

These five awards bring the Defense Logistics Agency's total to 51 Hammer Awards.

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