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The Acquisition Management Information System--Friend or Foe?
AIR FORCE SYSTEMS COMMAND WASHINGTON DC
AFSCs Acquisition Management Information System AMIS is a complex, extensive computer system containing detailed information on over 61,000 contracts. This paper describes the history and development of AMIS, plus recent actions taken by the Directorate of Contract Data Systems to improve system user-friendliness. A survey of field activities revealed several unsatisfied user needs, especially in data inputoutput. The Distributed Processing for Contractural Input DPCI system was designed and programmed to fill some of these needs. The genesis and growth of DPCI is treated, including software design and hardware acquisition. The paper also covers a fundamental change in management philosophy--expanded participation of system users in establishing and prioritizing system development and change. A new AMIS Users Group was established to advance the effective use of AMIS through the interchange of information concerning system design, use, operation and maintenance. More emphasis is also being placed on improving data base accuracy and completeness. Management education has been stressed. The paper explains steps taken in these and other areas and comments on future system changes to further enhance user-friendliness. Author
This article is from 'Proceedings of the Federal Acquisition Research Symposium with Theme: Government, Industry, Academe: Synergism for Acquisition Improvement, held at Williamsburg, Virginia on 7-9 December 1983,' AD-A137 700, p23-27.