Original Date: 08/10/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Procurement of Material and Services
Prior to a major realignment and the creation of the Acquisition Management Competency, procurement of Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE)/Support Equipment (SE) was a fragmented process involving several organizations at Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC), Lakehurst. The result was a lack of clearly defined roles and responsibilities; inconsistencies in procurement documents; no standardized procedures; and an underutilized Automated Data Processing (ADP) system. Despite best efforts by all, essential equipment was often not ordered on time or at all, and the duplication of materials resulted in wasted dollars and excessive inventories.
Today, the Acquisition Management Competency assumes responsibility for the entire process, and provides guidance for the procurement of ALRE/SE material and services. The department revised the process by drafting and implementing standard operating procedures; revising the quality assurance (QA) handbook; and optimizing ADP support. All sub-processes were also incorporated into the standard procedures manual, and specific guidance on procurement procedures was promulgated.
Benefits realized from the new procurement process include on-time delivery of the proper equipment to the customers; a reduction in inventory by eliminating double procurements; better inventory control resulting in no losses; and significant dollar savings. ADP maximization also reduced manpower with attendant savings and, most importantly, increased customer satisfaction.
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