An Electronic Commerce Program for the Defence Finance and Accounting Service-Columbus Center
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD
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The Defense Finance and Accounting Service-Columbus CenterDFAS-CO, one of six major Department of DefenseDoD finance centers, will process more than 12 million paper documents contracts, invoices, payments, status requests, and acceptance reports per year by 1994. This volume and several other favorable characteristicsstable trading partner relationships, sufficient internal automation, and few business obstaclesmake DFAS-CO a ripe environment for Electronic Commerce. We identify several applications of electronic data interchange EDI that will enable DFAS-CO to reduce the direct cost of its operations by more than 61 million over the next 10 years. The cost to DFAS-CO of implementing an electronic-based operating environment is projected at approximately 2.1 million DoD activities that conduct business with DFAS-CO would need to invest an additional 6.6 million. To guide DFAS-CO EDI efforts, we provide detailed operating concepts and implementation schedules for each major opportunity area, along with a single technical configuration that uses gateway software and a commercial value-added network. Implementing those operating concepts will allow DFAS-CO to satisfy current and future payment responsibilities with minimum personnel growth.
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