To ease asset tracking, DOD will use standard ID tags

To ease asset tracking, DOD will use standard ID tags

Starting tomorrow, all Defense Department program managers must tag new equipment with a standard and universal identification code to track the items they buy.

Michael Wynne, acting under secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, announced the new policy yesterday making it mandatory for Defense officials to mark tangible items with the ID tags.

The Unique ID program will help DOD improve asset visibility and lifecycle management, as well as produce clean audit reports and assure interoperability across systems, the policy said. The code plan was designed to achieve 'a globally interoperable network-centric architecture for the integrated management of tangible items,' Wynne said in the directive.

In turn, the ability to track assets DOD-wide will help the department in its drive to create a business enterprise architecture, according to the policy.

'The DOD vision for unique item identification is to create a policy that establishes a strategic imperative for uniquely identifying tangible items that relies to the maximum extend practical on commercial item markings and does not impose unique government data requirements,' the policy said. 'To that end, uniquely identified tangible items will facilitate item tracking in DOD business systems and provide reliable and accurate data for management, financial accountability and asset management purposes.'

The Wide Area Workflow electronic forms, created by the DOD, will be modified to capture the codes associated with each item, Wynne said.

The policy also establishes a joint implementation requirements board for the coding initiative. The board will focus on developing crosscutting business rules and integrated processes related to the use of the ID tags.

To read the policy online, go to www.acq.osd.mil/uid/

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