Procurement desktop-defense

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The Department of Defense (DoD) constantly buys services and supplies from vendors within the local market place and around the World to increase military readiness and to maintain a global economy. The Government needed a way to automate the piles of manual files it took to solicit a contract from these services. The Department of Defense's Standard Procurement System (SPS) program was created to bring the advantages of automation and standardization to the procurement process throughout the Department of Defense and its allies.

The joint SPS program office located in Fairfax, Virginia, developed, tested and deployed a suite of compatible software products for use by contracting professionals in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, as well as the civilian workforce attached to those agencies. The primary software application sustained by the SPS program is known as Procurement Desktop Defense or "PD Squared" (PD2). This proprietary software application is currently deployed to over 43,000 users at approximately 800 sites around the world.

This program is the largest standard automated business system operational within the Department of Defense.

Officially commissioned in 1997, DoD awarded the ten year, 240 million dollar contract to American Management Systems of Fairfax, Virginia for their design of PD2. The program was designed to monitor DoD's goals of financial management and transaction accountability, but also help our allied war fighters get what they need when they need it. In other words, this program formally solicits Federal needs to the commercial and non-commercial market place for potential purchase of goods and services. Procurement Desktop-Defense (PD2) is the solicitation vehicle that provides automated strategic, streamlined contract management support for the procurement professional within a complete workflow management solution. (PD2 webpage).

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