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Release No: 794-04
August 18, 2004

DoD Accepts First UID Items

Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Michael W. Wynne today announced that the Department of Defense has accepted its first deliveries under the new unique identifier (UID) policy that requires contractors to mark and identify the cost of items delivered to the department.

The accepted items are helicopter replacement cables ordered by the Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va., from Lockheed Martin Corp. The cables were delivered on Aug. 9.

Wynne said that UID serves two purposes. It provides valuable business intelligence throughout the life cycle of an item, and it acts as the accurate source of data for valuation of property and equipment. The UID policy was started in July 2003 to enhance inventory management. It promotes greater accuracy in the tracking and control of spare parts.

Additional information on UID is available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/uid/

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