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NCJ Number: 249257 Find in a Library
Title: Technology Helps Agencies Save Time, Money on Purchases
Journal: TECHBeat  Dated:September/October 2015  Pages:19-22
Author(s): Becky Lewis
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: October 2015
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 2014-IJ-CX-K004
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance); Technical Assistance
Format: Article; Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes a technology that offers ease of access to equipment purchase information submitted by participating agencies.
Abstract: In addition to providing information on the equipment that other agencies have bought, along with which vendor and for how much, the software linked to the database enables users to find a vendor that meets the right qualifications and make a request for purchase based on another agency’s existing purchase order. Although all agencies purchase equipment, they use different technologies to record their information. The technology reviewed in this article normalizes information into a single database and allows agencies to share information and identify vendors they would not otherwise have known. The database includes about 200 million purchase orders from 8,500 local, State, and government agencies. Agencies can also use the technology to obtain the names of other agencies to use for reference checks rather than using agency names provided by a vendor. Captain Tom Labombarda of the Aventura Police Department (Florida) explains how his agency has used the database.
Main Term(s): Technology transfer
Index Term(s): Corrections Equipment; Databases; Information dissemination; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Police equipment
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