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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 159-00
April 03, 2000

DOD ESTABLISHES DEFENSE CONTRACT MANAGEMENT AGENCY

The Department of Defense announced today the establishment of the Defense Contract Management Agency effective March 27, 2000. Establishing the DCMA assigns responsibility for Department of Defense contract management to the new agency.

DCMA was formerly the Defense Contract Management Command, a major subordinate command of the Defense Logistics Agency.

"Establishing DCMA will allow us to be more responsive to both our military service and Defense agency customers," said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Malishenko, DCMA director. We're committed to great service, and I expect that as an agency we will continue to be a catalyst for the success of Defense acquisition reform."

DCMA will be under the direction and authority of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics). The agency will consist of all the employees and resources of the former DCMC, including 12,539 full time positions for fiscal 2000 that will be transferred from DLA.

DCMA supervises and administers contracts with the thousands of suppliers who deliver goods and services to the military each year. The new agency also is chartered to streamline and standardize the contracting process.

DLA provides supply, technical and logistics combat support to the military Services and to federal civilian agencies.

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