Accession Number : ADA298812

Title :   Transfer of Air Force Technical Procurement Bid Set Data to Small Businesses, Using CALS and EDI.

Descriptive Note : Test rept.,

Corporate Author : LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LAB CA

Personal Author(s) : Wimple, Carolyn ; Vickers, Donald L. ; Lammers, Gary

PDF Url : ADA298812

Report Date : 15 AUG 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 540

Abstract : This report documents a test transfer of three Air Force technical procurement bid sets to one large and twelve small businesses, using the Department of Defense (DoD) Continuous Acquisition and Life-cycle Support (CALS) and ANSI ASC X12 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards. The main goal of the test was to evaluate the effectiveness of using CALS technical data within the context of the DoD's EDI- based standard approach to electronic commerce in procurement, with particular emphasis on receipt and use of the data by small contractors. Air Force procurement data was provided by the Sacramento Air Logistics Center at McClellan Air Force Base; the manufacturing participants were selected from among McClellan's 'Blue Ribbon' contractors, located throughout the United States. The test was sponsored by the Air Force CALS Test Network, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The test successfully demonstrated the technical feasibility of including CALS MIL-R-28002 (Raster) engineering data in an EDI Specification'Technical Information transaction set (ANSI ASC X12 841) when issuing electronic requests for quotation to small businesses. In many cases, the data was complete enough for the contractor participant to feel comfortable generating a quote. Lessons learned from the test are being fed back to the CALS and EDI standards organizations, and to future implementors of CALS-EDI based acquisition or contracting systems, which require the transfer of technical information, such as engineering data, manufacturing process data, quality test data, and other product or process data, in the form of a CALS or other digital datafile. This work was performed under the auspices of USDOE by LLNL under contract no. W-74O5-Eng-48. (SEE PG vii. AN)

Descriptors :   *DATA BASES, *MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING, *AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, IMAGE PROCESSING, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, LESSONS LEARNED, DATA MANAGEMENT, CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, INFORMATION TRANSFER, DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS, LOCAL AREA NETWORKS, DEMONSTRATIONS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, DATA ACQUISITION, OPERATING SYSTEMS(COMPUTERS), AIR FORCE FACILITIES, COMPUTER FILES, COMPUTER PROGRAM VERIFICATION, MAGNETIC TAPE.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Systems
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE