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DAPS to Remain Within Defense Logistics Agency

Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2004 -- The Document Automation & Production Service will remain within the Defense Logistics Agency, the Defense Department's Senior Executive Council has decided.

The council includes the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force and the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. The SEC executive secretary is the director for program analysis and evaluation.

"I am very pleased to announce that the SEC decided to support our recommendation to retain DAPS within DLA as a catalyst for change," said DAPS Director Steve Sherman. "The SEC agreed that our recommendation was consistent with DLA's role as a manager of suppliers and would promote DoD's move to expanded use of online documents."

The announcement also ensures DAPS remains within DoD, and that its worldwide facilities will continue to be located on military installations to provide services to its customers.

Officials said that after extensive customer and stakeholder input, it was determined it would be best to retain DAPS within DLA as a high-performing organization, or HPO. The HPO concept is consistent with the path that DAPS has been on since it was established as a DoD organization in 1992 and as DAPS further implemented in its most efficient organization in 2002, according to Sherman.

"Through our streamlining actions, DAPS is saving well in excess of $100 million for the department every year, compared to costs before the stand- up of our organization in 1992," Sherman said. "We've moved from a production organization of thousands of personnel to a manager of services operated by less than 900 government employees. We've led the movement in DoD from paper to electronic documents."

During the last seven years, offset printing has reduced by 37 percent, and on- demand paper output has reduced by 48 percent, while the document automation aspect of DAPS's business has grown by 170 percent. "We've accomplished this for DoD by implementing many document automation solutions and desktop output capabilities, using best-of-breed industry solutions and working side by side with our contractor partners," Sherman said.

DAPS, with headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., provides document automation products and services to DoD and designated federal activities, including imaging and conversion of documents to electronic media, digital warehousing and distribution of digital and hardcopy information. It is the single manager for all DoD printing and duplicating. DAPS also is the executive agent for the DoD specifications and standards program and the designated focal point for document conversion technology.

(Courtesy of Defense Logistics Agency)

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