Government-Industry Data Exchange Program Training
The DoD Instruction 4245.15 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Management requires programs to report discontinuation notices and resolutions, with a requirement to “…share information on DMSMS issues and resolutions within 10 business days of occurrence among all DoD Components using the Government Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) and collaborate on resolutions where feasible.” When done right, the net result includes reduced costs, improved program schedules, improved readiness, increased collaboration, enhanced communication, and other process efficiencies. Not only is it a requirement, it is truly a powerful enabler of enhanced weapon system availability!
For those who may not be familiar with the Government Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP), permit me to share a few highlights from their website: “GIDEP is a cooperative activity between government and industry participants seeking to reduce or eliminate expenditures of resources by sharing technical information. Since 1959, over $2.1 Billion in prevention of unplanned expenditures has been reported.” When it comes to Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS), and counterfeit parts prevention, if you're not already familiar with GIDEP, you need to be. Several additional resources are readily available, including:
In addition to quarterly training, GIDEP clinics, and GIDEP Regional Outreach Workshops (GROWs), their web-based on-line training modules offer high-impact, real-time, no-cost insights into the GIDEP program, types of data, and products and services. They include:
Finally, if you’re looking for a comprehensive listing of DMSMS and parts management resources, references, and learning assets check out my recent March 2021 DAU LOG Blog post entitled “Quick Reference DMSMS & Parts Management Resources.”