DOD: SPS Makes Headway

WASHINGTON (06/08/2000) - The U.S. Department of Defense is making progress in moving its users to its new Standard Procurement System, which is designed to eliminate the paper from the department's contracting process.

As of April 30, almost 20,000 users were installed on SPS at 702 sites, said Gary Thurston, SPS program manager, speaking Monday at the DOD EC Day 2000 conference. About 16,000 of those users have been trained to use SPS, he said.

Meanwhile, DOD plans to retire its legacy systems and have all procurement users operating SPS by the end of fiscal 2003, Thurston said. About this time next year, the department expects to roll out Version 4.2 of the SPS software.

Thurston acknowledged that SPS deployment has been challenging. "It's been a long three years of putting SPS out there," he said. "It's taking a lot of change management."

The SPS program has required standardizing many legacy systems while adjusting procurement cultures that involve tens of thousands of users.

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