Computer Redistribution Program Saves Millions
By Melissa Garner
National Guard Bureau
ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 6, 1997 The computer on your desk may seem an antique, but in other offices it may be the stuff of Star Wars.
That's the thrust of the Defense Automation Resources Management Program. The program annually saves millions of dollars by transferring excess computer hardware within DoD and federal agencies, and even outside the federal government.
The program prolongs the life of DoD computers and reduces procurement and operating costs for acquisition of new equipment.
The program office lists the equipment on its Information Technology Excess Catalog located on the World Wide Web at http://www.disa.mil/cio/darmp/excess.html. Items include disk drives, printers, computers, monitors, facsimiles, scanners and other equipment. The catalog lists every piece of equipment in detail and includes points of contact, phone numbers and locations.
Customers can examine the equipment, fill out necessary forms and request the equipment. The customer incurs only shipping costs. However, if the requesting activity can pick up the equipment, it saves shipping costs.
If no DoD organization wants the equipment, organizations outside the department may request it in the following priority: civil agencies or their contractors, law enforcement support offices, elementary through high schools, historically black colleges and universities and minority institutions, and nonprofit organizations with education missions.
More information about the program is available through the Defense Information Systems Agency homepage at http://www.disa.mil/cio/darmp.htm, or call (703) 696-1904, DSN 426- 1904.
(Garner is a public affairs specialist at the Defense Information Systems Agency.)