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OCT 14, 1999

MEMORANDUM FOR DATA ITEM DESCRIPTION FOCAL POINTS
                                       (SEE DISTRIBUTION)

SUBJECT:  Data Item Descriptions (DIDs)

          This memorandum is to clarify issues pertaining to the DoD-wide policy responsibility for data management.

          Attached for your information is a copy of a Memorandum of Agreement between OSD Systems Engineering (SE) and the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO), dated October 26, 1998. Under the terms of agreement, DSPO is responsible for DIDs only. OSD SE will continue to have responsibility for all other DoD-wide data management policy matters, including technical manuals, drawings, and technical data packages.

          The DSPO is responsible for maintaining DoD 5010.12-L, Acquisition Management System and Data Requirements Control List (AMSDL); and MIL-STD-963, Data Item Descriptions. In addition, the DSPO is responsible for the portions of DoD 5010.12-M that pertain to DIDs. The DSPO plans to extract those portions of DoD 5010.12-M related to DIDs and issue that material under a DSPO policy memorandum until such time as it can be included in the next revision of DoD 4120.3-M, "Defense Standardization Program Policies and Procedures."

          The next issue of the AMSDL will be published in October 1999.

          We are continuing to populate the ASSIST database with copies of DIDs. Until such time as they are all in ASSIST, you can access many DIDs at the following website:  (http://www.acq.osd.mil/sa/se/cm&dm/cmdm_info/dids/dids.html). Once all DIDs are in ASSIST, that website will no longer be maintained and the ASSIST database will be the only official source of DIDs. Information about ASSIST and a copy of the registration and access form is attached. You can go directly to the websites using the URL listed at the top right hand corner of the page.

          If you have any questions regarding DIDs or the publications noted above, please call Karen Bond at (703) 767-6871 or via e-mail (karen_bond@hq.dla.mil). Other, non DID-related questions should be directed to the OSD Systems Engineering Office at (703) 695-2300.

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/signed/

GREGORY E. SAUNDERS
DIRECTOR

Attachments
     Data Management Memorandum of Agreement
     Information on ASSIST from the DODSSP home page
     Online account application form for the ASSIST-Online
     Data Management Focal Points

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