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Mitigating Counterfeit Issues Through GIDEP


Bill Pumford DMSMS Program Manager GIDEP Email: pumford@gidep.org and Bob Karpen System Engineer CSC GIDEP Support Telephone: (951) 898-3210 Email: rkarpen@cscnorco.com


The Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) is a Department of Defense program established to promote and facilitate the sharing of technical information between government agencies and industry partners to increase systems safety, reliability, and readiness and to reduce systems development, production, and ownership costs. Most people are familiar with the “GIDEP ALERT” that report incidences of nonconformance experienced by GIDEP users. GIDEP has been collecting reports on special occurrences of nonconformance, known as suspect counterfeits, for many years. It is apparent from recent discussions at conferences that we are receiving reports on only a small portion of the actual occurrences of suspect counterfeit parts and materials, and they are increasing. This problem is being attacked through standards development and surveys to identify roadblocks to reporting the problems. This presentation will update you on the status of these efforts and include a proposal for reporting and handling of suspect counterfeit parts and materials data.


Bill Pumford is the Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Program Manager at GIDEP where his primary responsibilities include Data Production and liaison with government and industry activities in the sharing of DMSMS related information.

Bob Karpen supports the DMSMS and Failure Experience data managers at the GIDEP. Bob's engineering background includes various projects and electronic parts programs at three NASA facilities, including the role as manager of the NASA Standard Parts Program from 1978 through 1985 and lead of the Parts Engineering Group at Jet Propulsion Lab from 1985 to 2000. He started out with eight years of design and analysis experience, followe12 by 30 years in mission assurance positions.

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