DOD EMall gets new program manager

Debra Roobol has become the new program manager for the Defense Department DOD EMall, according to the Defense Logistics Information Service.

Roobol takes the place of Don O'Brien, who retired from federal service in July 2002. Roobol has been interim program manager since O'Brien's departure.

Roobol has had a long career in supply and logistics operations, dating back to her first government job in 1977 as an Air Force cataloger for the Cataloging and Standardization Center in Battle Creek, Mich.

In her most recent position as chief of DLIS' eCommerce and Standards Branch, Roobol worked on a variety of programs, including the Universal Data Repository, a federal logistics database that linked commercial and government stock identification numbers.

She also worked on the Catalog Management Data and Interchangeability and Substitutability portions of the Federal Logistics Information System database. She has been a DOD EMall operation manager since 1998.

DOD EMall was developed for military personnel to search for and buy supplies, letting them see online what stocks commercial providers have available. Users can search by military or manufacturer stock number, manufacturer name or product category. In a process similar to that used by commercial online stores, users fill virtual shopping carts with items they want to purchase.

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