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CHIPS Articles: DON 2004 eGov Award Winners

DON 2004 eGov Award Winners
By Lynda Pierce, DON CIO Communications and Public Affairs - July-September 2004
Navy and Marine Corps teams continue to work on projects that are successfully transforming Department of the Navy (DON) business and warfighting processes to reduce costs, improve mission performance and support effective information sharing. The 2004 DON eGov Award winners will be presented at the second Naval IT Summit, scheduled for September 2004. Congratulations to the following teams for their outstanding efforts.

NAVSEA PEO Submarine eTasker Team and the USS Texas (SSN-775)

The USS Texas will be the first submarine in history to be 100 percent digitally certified! This significant milestone will be accomplished through the use of a new innovation in task assignment and tracking — eTasker. This system provides a single source of authoritative data, 24/7 accessibility and a streamlined, uniform methodology for tracking commitments. The entire review and approval process will be initiated, tracked, and commented upon within the eTasker Commitments module, thus providing auditable Objective Quality Evidence (OQE) for certification purposes.

Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Command (MCNOSC) Forward Element

The MCNOSC Forward Element vastly improves Department of Defense combat mission effectiveness in support of Marine forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The MCNOSC Forward Element capitalized on existing contracts for information assurance equipment, Marine Corps standards and innovative training. It provided network routing optimization to support video teleconferencing; Internet Protocol voice calls (VoIP); enhanced firewall capability; and SIPRNET and NIPRNET local area network architecture enhancements. The MCNOSC completed these tasks within two months and for less than $77,000. This modest investment realized significant returns by saving countless manhours otherwise required for re-baselining networks.

NAVFAC and DON eBusiness Operations Office JEWLS Project Team

The Joint Expeditionary Warfare Logistics System (JEWLS) pilot project was sponsored by the DON eBusiness Operations Office and developed in cooperation with the Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center and Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center. The project team developed a Web-enabled logistics decision support and execution system that provides total logistics awareness, and material and operational readiness visibility in a joint command environment. The JEWLS project offers significant time and cost savings and can substantially improve readiness for deployed forces.

U.S. Pacific Fleet Joint Task Force 519 Operational and Training Web Sites

The Joint Task Force 519 Operational and Training Web sites, sponsored by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and developed by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, have provided an unmatched ability to train, plan, develop and execute critical and time-sensitive assigned missions with members of every military service dispersed throughout the world. The Task Force developed a Web-based tool that replaced manually intensive, paper-based planning, training and real-world operations, eliminating the need for hard copy preparation and distribution of all phases of Joint Task Force operations. This tool offers significant time and cost savings and speeds the decision-making process.

NAVFAC Applications Rationalization and Management

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) distinguished itself among Navy echelon II commands by demonstrating exceptional leadership and innovation in legacy applications rationalization and portfolio management. NAVFAC developed a standards-based application portfolio through a process that forced choices among legacy applications, resulting in a significantly reduced portfolio and associated costs. NAVFAC executed a claimancy-wide approach for applications to transition to NMCI, avoiding redundant media collection, testing, packaging and deployment costs. Four echelon II groups have applied NAVFAC's rationalization methodology, resulting in a significant reduction of applications in the Navy portfolio.

DON eBusiness Operations Office, PEO C4I and Space and SPAWAR SCAMP

The Speed to Capability, Approval, Management, and Planning (SCAMP) process pilot project, sponsored by the DON eBusiness Operations Office and developed in cooperation with PEO C4I and Space and SPAWAR, reengineered existing stovepiped processes into a centralized process that optimizes command-wide communication and coordination of tasks to deliver improved speed to capability. The SCAMP team developed an overarching business process that includes standards, guidance and a Web-based supporting tool set, which is extensible across the DoD. Initial implementation of SCAMP has demonstrated significant speed to capability resulting in improved fleet readiness and direct cost savings.

Marine Corps MERIT

The Marine Corps Equipment Readiness Information Tool (MERIT), developed by the Marine Corps Logistics Command and the Marine Corps Systems Command, provides a dynamic adaptable view of equipment readiness by commodity, functional area and organization. An automatic graphics generator feature provides customized information for current and historical readiness, and is ideal for developing readiness related briefing charts at all levels. Use of this system resulted in a direct savings of over 2 million man-hours per year. As a result of this team's efforts, the Marine Corps has a common operating picture (one watch) for Marine Corps Equipment Readiness.

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