Original Date: 04/26/1999
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Marshall’s Electronic Office
Over the past few years, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has seen a surge in the number of available electronic tools and Internet/Intranet sites. With so many choices, users often waste valuable time trying to locate the appropriate resource for their work. The need to access pertinent tools, websites, and MSFC-specific documents and regulations led to the development of Marshall’s Electronic Office.
Marshall’s Electronic Office is a website, established within the MSFC Procurement Library, that provides one-stop shopping for up-to-date, web-based information. The site is designed for total coverage and maximum usability for procurement and non-procurement personnel alike. The website office operates as a single point of access for electronic tools, MSFC information, and Internet/Intranet sites. Each site is password protected as appropriate. Internet sites include: NASA Acquisition Internet Service (NAIS); Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and NASA FAR Supplement; Electronic Posting System; Small Business Innovation Research Program; NASA Procurement Library; Consolidated Contracting Initiative; standardized industrial codes; on-line purchasing sites; and per diem rates. Intranet sites include: ISO-9000 documents; On-line Credit Card Program; Procurement News and Special Events; MSFC Intranet site; Personnel Contact List for Procurement/Finance; and downloading of special documents and forms. Future links for the Marshall’s Electronic Office are being developed which feature training aids for contract specialists and technical personnel.
Marshall’s Electronic Office has proven to be an invaluable tool for carrying out daily activities at MSFC. Key aspects to introducing the website office to users were its prototype demonstration model to management and its identification of a point of contact for the content/technical aspects of the site. Marshall’s Electronic Office is recognized by Center’s users as the one-stop shop for web-based resources, and is constantly updated to provide the latest and most accurate information. The name, itself, suggests it is a vehicle for going to the right place. Marshall’s Electronic Office saves valuable time for its users, provides user-friendly accessibility, offers unlimited potential for expansion, and operates as the main communication tool for the Procurement Directorate.
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