DOD looks to save millions with business plan

DOD looks to save millions with business plan

The Defense Department has signed off on a broad range of initiatives designed to improve business operations and save more than $200 million.

The Business Initiative Council, established by Pete Aldridge, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, devised the initiatives. The panel is made up of the military service secretaries and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The initiatives will address specific areas of personnel management, operating procedures and acquisition management. This includes streamlining hiring procedures, expanding the recovery of overpayments, simplifying financial transfers and an initiative aimed at overcoming the rising costs of cell phone bills by using the Pentagon's purchasing power to negotiate lower rates.

The council also approved an initiative to move to wider use of Web processing of invoices and use of a Web tool to coordinate schedules at the department's test ranges and facilities.

'This is only the beginning,' Aldridge said. 'We have many more initiatives under study that should contribute to more savings and improved efficiency.'

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