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New SD-23 DoD Item Reduction Program Guidebook

Wanted to let members of the life cycle logistics and engineering & technical management functional areas know that the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) has issued a newly updated…

New SD-23 DoD Item Reduction Program Guidebook

New SD-23 DoD Item Reduction Program Guidebook
Bill Kobren
Wanted to let members of the life cycle logistics and engineering & technical management functional areas know that the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) has issued a newly updated June 2022 SD-23 Department of Defense Item Reduction Program Guidebook. According to the DSPO, “...the Department of Defense (DoD) Item Reduction (IR) Program reduces the number of items similar in form, fit, and function from the Federal Supply System. The program’s mission is to standardize the items throughout DoD to the highest practical degree by using single specifications and standards.”

The IR Program is an asset within the overall Parts Management Program (see also the complementary SD-19 Parts Management Guide). “Parts and Material Management Program processes improve parts selection by requiring a systems engineering approach for parts management planning. As an integral part of the Parts and Material Management Program, the Item Reduction (IR) program effectively increases part standardization and finds preferred parts in the supply system. This Department of Defense Item Reduction Guidebook contains the procedures for sorting items of supply by name modifier or other characteristics, such as size, grade, length, and material. This sorting separates items in the supply system, classified as preferred and retained for stock, from items not to be acquired for continued supply…”

Additionally, “…a comprehensive parts and material management program helps to find preferred parts, increasing supportability and safety of systems and equipment and reducing total ownership costs. Using preferred parts reduces risk and improves system reliability, thereby reducing maintenance actions and failures that could cause mission failure or loss of life. Item reduction as a part of the Parts and Material Management Program supports our warfighters.”

Key changes to the updated SD-23 DoD Item Reduction Program Guidebook include:
  • A new background section to emphasize the mission, benefits, and basic operation of the IR Program
  • Updated references, links and terminology that had changed since 2007 version
  • Updated and corrected procedures based on input from the IR Working Group, which included the DEPSOs and IR experts from the Services, DLA, DTRA, and GSA
  • Recommended program metrics
  • A new definitions section and consolidated acronym section
  • A new appendix defining interchangeability and substitutability (I&S) conditions