DOD group approves biz projects

A Defense Department group established to improve and streamline the Pentagon's business processes has approved another four initiatives designed to help it do just that.

The Business Initiative Council (BIC) was established in June 2001 by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to improve Defense's business operations and save money. Pete Aldridge, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, oversees the council.

The four initiatives announced March 26 are:

* A plan to streamline the information technology equipment disposal process by clarifying business rules and eliminating duplication.

* A plan to identify reporting requirements that can be eliminated.

* A plan to streamline mandated requirements for independent readiness assessments of critical technologies and allow program managers and science and technology officials from each service to decide if assessments are warranted.

* A plan to examine DOD's policies regarding wireless phone reimbursement in the hopes of providing a flat payment for employees using personal wireless phones for official use.

The four new initiatives bring the total number of initiatives to 32 since the group first met in September 2001.

Previous BIC initiatives included support of DOD's enterprisewide software licenses and plans to create a one-stop virtual shop for IT hardware, software and selected services.

Not all of the projects are specifically related to IT.

BIC officials also announced that, beginning April 1, the Army would take over from the Air Force as the lead service on the council. The Air Force had been the lead since October 2001.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine,, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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