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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 132-98
June 01, 1998

Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense to Open Joint Electronic Commerce Program Office

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and Deputy Secretary of Defense John J. Hamre will be at Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) headquarters, Ft. Belvoir, Va., on Friday, June 5, at 10 a.m.(EDT) to lead DoD Electronic Commerce Day activities and officially open the Joint Electronic Commerce Program Office (JECPO). Joining them will be Lt. Gen. Henry T. Glisson, DLA director, and Lt. Gen. David J. Kelley, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, as well as Diann McCoy (DISA) and Scottie Knott (DLA), co-directors of the JECPO.

The JECPO, initially formed in January 1998, is accelerating paperless processes in all DoD business areas. The office, organized under both DLA and DISA, brings together experts from both DoD's business and technology arenas to build a partnership in electronic commerce. The use of electronic commerce is one of the best business practices identified in the Defense Reform Initiative, announced by Secretary Cohen last November to streamline the management and support structure of the Department of Defense.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, open events will begin at noon. They will include exhibits/information booths from the military services and a wide variety of industry representatives, as well as seminars on topics ranging from DoD Business Opportunities to Electronic Commerce Applications. These events are open to DoD employees, defense industry contractors, and others who are interested in electronic commerce initiatives. Activities of the Joint Electronic Commerce Day will be held at DLA headquarters, Ft. Belvoir, Va.

All events are open to media coverage. News media interested in covering the DoD Electronic Commerce Day events should call George Hijar, DISA public affairs office at (703) 607-6067 (fax: (703) 607-4371) (hijarg@ncr.disa.mil) for more information and directions.