Army computer-buying site gets a face-lift

The Army Small Computer Program today launched a revamped Web site that integrates features from the program's MarketPlace Direct Online shopping site with information about program contracts.

The IT E-Mart site, https://ascp.monmouth.army.mil, has an improved search engine that lets Defense Department users quickly locate products and services from multiple vendors and compare prices on a single screen, said Marian Keitelman, product leader for the Small Computer Program.

'This is the next generation of government procurement Web sites,' added Olga Lawrence, assistant project manager. 'Our goal is to give IT E-Mart the intuitive look and feel of the best commercial Web sites.'

The site has incorporated single sign-on integration with Army Knowledge Online. 'If you've ever logged in to AKO, you're already registered with IT E-Mart,' Keitelman said, adding that users will not have to re-enter their user identifications and passwords.

The Small Computer Program's Technical Support Group worked with Appian Corp. of Vienna, Va., and GTSI Corp. of Chantilly, Va., to upgrade the site.

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