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DoD Acquisition Office Recognizes Transformational E-Business Working Group

By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2002 – An expanded electronic government - doing more "e- business" - is a cornerstone of President Bush's management agenda to improve government functions and performance.

Today at a small ceremony at the Pentagon, Michael Wynne, principal deputy undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, honored 48 employees who for the past 14 months have been following the president's plan and transforming the way the Department of Defense does business with private industry.

"One of the most exciting trends in government is the use of information technology together with the Internet to improve virtually everything that we do," he told the group. "The E-Business Working Group did a tremendous job, starting with research, then organizing and finally structuring best practices, and creating a clear program to bring us the power of e-business. We will become a much more 'netcentric' organization in large measure because of the work you have accomplished."

Since the signing of the president's management agenda, federal agencies have been scrambling to comply with all or at least part of the e-government initiatives Bush called for - that is, make it simpler for citizens to receive high-quality service from the federal government, while reducing the cost of delivering those services.

Managers and supervisors from AT&L and other DoD components comprised the working group, organized in August 2001. The group was called together to spur the implementation of e-business across DoD's acquisition community and to smooth the way for further cost-effective e-business expansion.

Wynne said the group split into four teams and identified more than 30 specific initiatives that targeted improving technology, customer focus, finance, and processes.

"These initiative provide a solid base on which to build a strong e-business foundation," he said. "The group delivered its final report in October and its work has positioned us to move ahead."

Wynne also used the occasion to announce the formation of two new AT&L offices: the Internal eBusiness Center, headed by Robert Nemetz, and External eBusiness Center, headed by Mark Krzysko. Nemetz will be responsible for e-business implementation within the undersecretariat to improve organizational effectiveness. Krzysko is to focus on improving electronic interfaces between the private sector and DoD acquisition and logistics organizations.

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageMichael Wynne (left), principal undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, presents Melissa Rider a certificate of appreciation Dec. 3, 2002, for her work with a 48-member working group in improving the Defense Department's e-business practices. Taking part in the presentation is Mark Krzysko, newly named head of the AT&L External eBusiness Center, charged with improving electronic interfaces between the private sector and DoD acquisition and logistics organizations. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA.   
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