This section identifies parts management tools that may be used by the customer and contractor to assist in achieving parts management goals and objectives.
5.5.1 Government/Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP). A cooperative program to support government systems readiness, logistics effectiveness, productivity, and cost reduction through timely retrieval, storage, and distribution of data among government and industry organizations. Participation in GIDEP provides insight into the history of the quality of parts.
5.5.2 Defense Logistics Agency MPCAGs. These
Government groups will provide assistance in selecting parts. See the Parts
Management website at www.dscc.dla.mil/offices/parts_mgmt for applicable part
type categories and general MPCAG information. Specific MPCAG responsibilities
5.5.3 DMSMS/obsolescence tools. There are
tools available to assist acquisition activities in mitigating the impact of
part obsolescence. There are several commercial companies that supply services
that identify obsolete parts and/or diminishing manufacturing sources and gives
predicted life expectancy of parts. Other sources include GIDEP and the MPCAGs,
which perform parts DMSMS obsolescence screening, data gathering and
dissemination for the DoD and their contractors. One or more of these services
should be an active part of the DMSMS and obsolescence program for every
organization involved in the design and production of electrical and mechanical