ATAC wins excellence in government award.
Great athletes raise their level of play in the biggest games. Great organizations also raise their level of efficiency when it matters most. The Navy's Advanced Traceability and Control (ATAC) unit is one such group. For their efforts during a time of transformation and war, the Federal Executive Board awarded the ATAC team its Excellence in Government Award Bronze Medal for Technical Accomplishment for 2003.
"We're very pleased," said Charles "Joe" Schumert, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center San Diego's ATAC Hub director. "It's nice to be recognized that we are capable of competing with industry at that level."
The award, which honors excellence and technical excellence by governmental agencies, was given to ATAC for saving money and improving overall efficiency in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Incorporating lessons learned from Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and anticipating an increase in retrograde material in the system due to impending conflict in the Middle East, the ATAC team, comprised of Schumert, Russell "Mac" McCollough, Hilda Martinez and Larry King Larry King (born November 19, 1933) is an award-winning American writer, journalist and broadcaster. He currently hosts a nightly interview program on CNN called Larry King Live, one of the longest running talk shows on American air. of FISC San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. , and Michael Pigford and Michael Garris of FISC Norfolk, sprung into action. Collectively, they identified a strong need to improve to meet the challenge of the increased operational tempo.
What resulted was a comprehensive web-based repairables returns management system. Applying superior technical acumen and coordination across several commands, the ATAC team vastly improved a business that entails the movement of 400,000 return repairable units worldwide valued at $10 billion.
Teaming with the Naval Inventory Control Point, ATAC was an integral part in the creation of eRMS, or the Electronic Retrograde Management System. eRMS is a hit for all parties involved. The computerized system ensures the retrograde material is properly identified and tracked throughout its journey to the repair point. The ship or command that drops off the material gets instant credit for the items, and no longer has to worry about the item getting lost.
"The ship is happy because the credit is instantaneous, and they can focus on fighting wars," said McCollough, deputy director of FISC San Diego's ATAC Hub. The inventory control point also benefits greatly because the part can be tracked all the way through the system, from the ATAC hubs and nodes Hubs and Nodes is a geographic model, explaining how linked regions can cooperate to fulfill elements of an industry's value chain, and collectively gain sufficient mass to drive innovation growth. to each stop in the repair process.
"It's kind of like FedEx," McCullough said. "I can see it was dropped at ATAC's San Diego hub, put on a plane, and when it arrived at the Defense Logistics Agency Noun 1. Defense Logistics Agency - a logistics combat support agency in the Department of Defense; provides worldwide support for military missions
Defense Department, Department of Defense, DoD, United States Department of Defense, Defense - the federal department or the overhaul point. That visibility improves the overall accuracy of the entire Navy inventory."
The technology improved the Navy's ability to keep its fighting units fully operational during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and saved valuable dollars as well.
"It is a distinct honor," said FISC Norfolk's Garris. "The organizations that are considered for this award goes through an extensive selection process, if you are chosen as a recipient, you are among the best. It feels great. I work with a large group of professionals who are dedicated to service to the fleet, and I am really proud to be a part of that team."
The ATAC/NAVICP team is constantly striving to improve, having added aircraft engines and Marine ground forces retrograde material into its purview The part of a statute or a law that delineates its purpose and scope.
Purview refers to the enacting part of a statute. It generally begins with the words be it enacted and continues as far as the repealing clause. in the past year.
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