DLA boosts business registration
- By George I. Seffers
- Sep 04, 2000
The Defense Logistics Agency has tweaked its online contractor database
to allow military procurement officials to find information about their
potential business partners.
The Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system is a Web-based repository
in which vendors wishing to do business with the government provide information
about themselves. The database so far includes about 160,000 registrants
and also provides vendor financial information to the Defense Finance
and Accounting Service to expedite payments.
CCR, www.ccr2000.com, now includes new data elements — what DLA calls
"points of contact" — that vendors can use to create new fields or to support
new functions. For example, vendors can now provide small-business identification
or create a credit card acceptance field.
CCR also includes a field for marketing-partner identification, where vendors
can set passwords for accessing other "partner" applications. Current partner
applications are the online bidding systems associated with Department of
Defense Business Opportunities and the Past Performance Automated Information
In addition to allowing companies to add more data, DLA has made it easier
for users to find that information. Procurement officials now should be
able to simultaneously search the database by geographic location, industry
and socioeconomic factors.
"These new points of contact bring a level of personalization to CCR
that move the system from a data repository to an integrated system with
other DOD e-business applications," said Scottie Knott, Joint Electronic
Commerce Program Office director.