By Mary Rose Register
On Jan. 18, 2013 FEMA Logistics will launch a major Logistics Supply Chain Management System technology upgrade that replaces multiple sub-systems with an integrated system that will provide access to a common data repository across applications.
Here is a little background on the Logistics Supply Chain Management System and why we are excited about going live with the technology upgrade.
FEMA established the Logistics Management Directorate in 2007. This was a direct result of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act that directed FEMA to develop an efficient, transparent, and flexible logistics system for procurement and delivery of goods and services necessary for an effective and timely response to disasters, and for real time visibility of items at each point throughout the logistics system. In February 2010, as part of the FEMA reorganization, the Logistics Management Directorate was realigned under the newly created Office of Response and Recovery. The Logistics Management Directorate is FEMA’s major program office responsible for policy, guidance, standards, execution and governance of logistics support, services and operations.
In addition, the Logistics Management Directorate has fostered strong partnerships with the General Services Administration as co-lead for Emergency Support Function 7 (Logistics Management and Resource Support), U. S. Northern Command, Defense Logistics Agency, National Guard Bureau and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This unique interagency partnership evolved into the Logistics Management Directorate assuming the role as the Whole Community Logistics Coordinator and single integrator for supply chain planning and coordination in response to domestic emergencies and special events. The ESF-7 team has worked diligently to strengthen its business processes and leverage the best practices by enhancing relationships with both public and private sector partners through various supply chain initiatives for a coordinated logistics response operation.
The Logistics Supply Chain Management System supports FEMA’s mission of responding to all-hazards expediently and efficiently by managing the agency’s end-to-end supply chain of critical disaster assets and commodities. Today, the Logistics Supply Chain Management System manages the supply chain process including initial request for assets and commodities, orders to FEMA and partners, transportation, inventory management at FEMA locations, shipment and receipt by the States. The Logistics Supply Chain Management System also provides supply chain management, situational awareness, in-transit visibility, performance management reporting and Geographic Information Systems mapping capabilities. The initial system infrastructure encompassed secure integrated networks of multiple sub-systems that provided visibility into the entire Supply Chain from various modules.
When asked for comment, Eric Smith, Assistant Administrator, Logistics Management said – “The Logistics Supply Chain Management System technology upgrades has the potential to significantly enhance our supply chain management processes and increase the productivity and the confidence of our end users. This upgrade is a culmination of a lot of hard work and excellent collaboration among the supply chain stakeholders.”
Since 2009 the Logistics Supply Chain Management System program office has worked with DHS, FEMA IT, contractors such as BAE systems, Manhattan Associates, Silo Smashers, Numerex Corporation, 3H Technologies and ECS to improve FEMA’s supply chain automated capabilities. This team has worked together integrating all of the current separate sub-systems that make up Logistics Supply Chain Management System into a system that will provide access to a common data repository across all applications. It is comprised of modules that operate seamlessly as a single end-to-end system to users.
Overall enhancements include a unified look and feel that provides users with a single sign-in and eliminates the need to remember multiple passwords saving time and keeps the focus on the task at hand with less opportunity for distractions and interruptions. The same data is shared in real-time to provide end-to-end visibility into the entire Supply Chain. There is also more space for comments to share critical information. These overall enhancements will eliminate redundant manual processing of common information significantly reducing transcription errors, confusion and providing real - or near real-time situational awareness. Of special note; the Supply Chain Intelligence module allows you to set up customized reports for the data that is most important to you, formatted in the way you want to see it and will be automatically sent to you when you want to see it. What you want, how you want, when you want. This new technology does more than just inform you. It assists you.
All of these new updates give FEMA enhanced capabilities in delivering disaster supplies in the right quantity, at the right place, at the right time.