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Strategic Sourcing Office Opens at FISC Norfolk

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Story Number: NNS091219-02
Release Date: 12/19/2009 8:34:00 PM

By Robert Anderson, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Norfolk opened its Strategic Sourcing Office as a division of the Contracting Department Dec. 16.

Cutting the ribbon on the newly remodeled facility in building W-143 were Capt. Ruth Christopherson, FISC Norfolk commanding officer; Capt. Asa Page, director of FISC Norfolk contracting; Donna Reuss, contracting deputy director and Marlene Chambley, strategic sourcing division director.

FISC Norfolk's Strategic Sourcing Office is presently comprised of 10 personnel and will expand as the Navy's strategic sourcing program develops further.

Strategic sourcing is a collaborative and structured process of analyzing what an organization spends and uses the information to make business decisions about acquiring commodities and services more effectively and efficiently.

As the largest purchasing organization in the world, the Department of Defense spent over $300 billion in fiscal year 2008 on purchases of good and services.

While some view the acquisition function as a tactical operation in the support of warfighters, senior leadership has determined that this function is strategic in nature and is vital to the success of the Department of Defense's efforts to provide reliable, responsive and cost effective support to our Sailors, and Marines worldwide.

The Office of Management and Budget's memorandum of May 20, 2005 mandated the use of strategic sourcing throughout the federal government. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition memorandum of Nov. 18, 2008 established the Department of the Navy Strategic Sourcing Governance structure and designated the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) as the naval executive agent for strategic sourcing.

NAVSUP's primary mission is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.

For more news from Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers, visit www.navy.mil/local/comfisc/.

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