BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Defense Logistics Agency is moving its electronic public data service from its current webpage location this summer to comply with the Department of Defense's requirements of separating public and restricted information online.
But public access users shouldn't worry as they can contact the agency's Customer Interaction Center by email or telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if they have any problems during or after the transition.
DLA's Federal Logistics Information System Portfolio Management Office, based in Battle Creek, Mich., manages the portal.
Many researchers interested in the more than six million items used by the Defense Department have long relied upon the public version of a web-based version of the Federal Logistics Information System known as "WebFLIS" to access releasable information about those items.
"Beginning in June, the public WebFLIS search will be moving to the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Reading Room as the original application is decommissioned," said Vicky Sandberg, the FLIS data product and services manager. "Publically releasable data will remain available through a new service called 'PUB LOG FLIS Search' that anyone interested in FLIS releasable data can access after June."
The change helps DLA safeguard restricted information and comply with online requirements to separate tools for researching restricted and publically releasable data. It also co-locates the new tool in one place with other public information tools offered by the agency that relate to its logistics information services.
Sandberg said that logistics data users have benefited from WebFLIS since 2005 to help obtain essential and detailed information about supply items, such as National Stock Numbers, item names, manufacturers and suppliers and possible substitutes if desired items are not available.
"When one considers how many variations there are for many of those parts and supply items, it's easy to see why having the most detailed information is important to ensure you are studying the right thing," Sandberg said.
Users can obtain more information, including updates, by going to www.logisticsinformationservice.dla.mil/WebFlis.
After June, WebFLIS public users can access the tool at https://www.logisticsinformationservice.dla.mil/foia/foia_reading.asp.
Users who have questions or problems accessing the tool can contact DLA's Customer Interaction Center at 1-877-352-2255.
As a Department of Defense combat support agency, DLA provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America's military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies more than 85 percent of the military's spare parts.
Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., DLA has about 26,000 employees worldwide and supports more than 2,300 weapon systems. For more information about DLA, go to www.dla.mil, www.facebook.com/dla.mil or http://twitter.com/dlamil.
SOURCE Defense Logistics Agency