DOD: SPS makes headway

The Defense Department 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.

Featured

  • Defense
    Soldiers from the Old Guard test the second iteration of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) capability set during an exercise at Fort Belvoir, VA in Fall 2019. Photo by Courtney Bacon

    IVAS and the future of defense acquisition

    The Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System has been in the works for years, but the potentially multibillion deal could mark a paradigm shift in how the Defense Department buys and leverages technology.

  • Cybersecurity
    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff)

    Mayorkas announces cyber 'sprints' on ransomware, ICS, workforce

    The Homeland Security secretary announced a series of focused efforts to address issues around ransomware, critical infrastructure and the agency's workforce that will all be launched in the coming weeks.

Stay Connected