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    MMS Launches OCS Connect

    News // June 6, 2003
    The Minerals Management Service has embarked on the first phase of a five-year transformation that will dramatically streamline business operations by Fiscal Year 2008. The MMS OCS Connect project will reform the way the agency operates by moving to on-line services in an effort to stay better connected with their customers: industry, citizens, and other government agencies.

    "OCS Connect will maximize customer involvement by delivering essential information and allowing input via the Internet," said MMS Director Johnnie Burton. "It will streamline delivery by automating major business transactions, resulting in more timely decisions, and will simplify and unify government by minimizing redundant reporting. By using common oil and gas industry standards and proven solutions, we will leverage existing market-based practices."

    MMS has engaged a team led by Booz/Allen/Hamilton as the prime contractor for the effort.

    The BAH team will assist the Offshore Minerals Management program in reengineering their core business processes while developing an enterprise architecture that is robust and secure and designed to replace the antiquated legacy systems currently in place.

    "This is an opportunity to reduce time and cost intensive processes and procedures that are inherent in traditional paper-based organizations," said Tom Readinger, Associate Director, OMM. "This initiative will result in an improved government that is more streamlined, citizen-centered and 'connected' with all of MMS' stakeholders. Thus the program has been named OCS Connect."

    More information on OCS Connect can be obtained by emailing ommegov@mms.gov.

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