Defense buying office gives new look to Web site

Defense buying office gives new look to Web site

The Defense Procurement Office this month rolled out a redesigned Web site that it said is cleaner, easier to maneuver and compliant with Section 508 accessibility requirements.

Robert Bemben, a procurement analyst with the Electronic Business Initiatives Office, said the redesign of the site, at www.acq.osd.mil/dp, was done to make finding information easier. Previously, information was jammed onto one page, and users had to scroll the length of the page to pull up menus, he said.

'It was set up in an organizational format rather than an informative format,' Bemben said of the old design. 'It was pretty hard to navigate around all the memos on a single page.'

The face-lift includes expanded descriptions of how changes or new policies affect contracting officers' jobs, said Deidre A. Lee, director of Defense procurement.

Bemben said the redesign is just a start. In a few weeks, his office will add new search engines. He is also working on reformatting documents posted in old versions of Adobe Portable Document Format to a format that can be read by disabled visitors.

'D.S. Onley

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