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NAVSEA Conducts Shipboard, Shore-based Workflow Application

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Story Number: NNS100416-16

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command Regional Maintenance Centers Management Office (SEA 04Y) conducted operational and functionality testing on behalf of U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF), Fleet Readiness Division, for two key applications in Maintenance Figure of Merit (MFOM) Family of Systems at Navy Enterprise Team Ships facility in March and April.

MFOM, developed in 2003, standardizes how maintenance communities prioritize job requests, measures the importance of each using a numerical scale of 0-100, and provides a priority ranked Consolidated Ship's Maintenance Plan (CSMP). From there, Type Commanders set MFOM goals in key work areas and track MFOM data to determine trends. The most recent version of the system, MFOM FOS, is an integrated set of web-based software tools operating on classified and unclassified networks both ashore and afloat.

"The tests we're conducting ensure when a Sailor enters maintenance information and pushes the button, that information is getting where it needs to go, and is processed correctly by the supporting, shore-based system," said Carol Parker, SEA 04Y Maintenance Data Systems branch head.

Validation, Screening, and Brokering (VSB), the shore-based segment of MFOM, will replace the Regional Maintenance Automated Information System (RMAIS). Automated Work Notification (AWN), MFOM's shipboard segment, will replace the Organizational Maintenance Management System – Next Generation. Functional testing of VSB was conducted March 29-April 2. Functional testing of AWN is scheduled April 20-22.

"VSB will allow the brokering of maintenance requests to occur from anywhere there is an internet connection, providing increased access and service speed over that available in RMAIS," said Dale Hirschman, MFOM program manager. "And AWN provides the fleet with automated, Web-enabled, 4790/2K management software for the instant creation and submission of jobs using an auto-fill and drop-down menu format."

Together VSB and AWN allow MFOM FOS to feed equipment material readiness information to the Defense Readiness Reporting System-Navy, and displays information in easily understood formats to support the chain of command from the Sailor entering information to OPNAV. The system is expected to begin deployment across the fleet, starting in the southeast region, later this fiscal year.

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