activities based on real time information. Every functional area within the MRAP JPO had a station set up for WAWF and/or WC access, providing all personnel with the latest information (D. Hansen, personal communication, 2008, October 15).
WAWF is a paperless, DoD-wide contract administration system designed to eliminate paper from the receipt and acceptance process of the DoD contracting lifecycle. The goal is to give authorized defense contractors and DoD personnel the ability to create
invoices, receive business methods
reports, and access contract related documents.
report, and These three
the invoice. However, this is only true documents are processed separately, and
if the paper information
method is being used. is then manually keyed
into the payment system (Defense Finance and Accounting Service, application eliminates the paper trail and redundant processes, and
n.d.). The WAWF instantly shares all
documents electronically. It also increases the accuracy of risk of losing documents. WAWF was primarily used by the supported this program, the MRAP JPO staff, and the MRAP
the data while reducing the DCMA representatives who manufacturers.
WAWF provides many benefits such as improved efficiency, data accuracy, and speed of payment. For the MRAP program, however, the main benefit was in providing contractors and the DoD immediate accessibility to requisite documents from anywhere
in the world. facilitated the
This mitigated the risk of conditional vehicle acceptance, because it deficiency tracking and resolution process. As previously discussed, this
conditional vehicle acceptance to the program success.
The second important application, Windchill, is business collaboration software that is designed to enable development efficiencies while reducing errors and rework. This software assists in managing distributed product development, product content, business processes, and complex information assets (Parametric Technology Corporation, n.d.). It is fast, secure, scalable and interoperable, which enabled the JPO to post and share documents, despite having manufacturers and departments dispersed across the US. This Internet-based method proved an efficient way for the JPO to share information
when individuals were not operating at their local workstations. It not only worked 97