Original Date: 04/07/1997
Revision Date: 04/14/2003
Information : Industry Standardization
The Secretary of Defense Initiative to roll back the use of military standards in procurement, called the Blueprint for Change Initiative, has been incorporated in IOC policy and will impact Rock Island Arsenal’s (RIA’s) competition for work and procurement from its suppliers.
Before the initiative, RIA manufactured parts to meet detailed drawings supplied by customers. Military standards and specifications formed the basis for managing many systems. RIA followed the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations to develop contracts with its suppliers. The Secretary of Defense Initiative requires the use of performance specifications, cancellation of military-unique documents, and use of commercial buying practices.
RIA is now in the process of learning how to respond to new situations created by its customers responding to the new direction. RIA is still largely guided by higher Headquarters’ direction, but its greatest challenge is procurement to new government rules while competing for new work with private contractors.
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