Keeping Supplier Diversity on Track

Government agencies get new tool to track spend with diversity suppliers

Somerset, NJ  July 27, 2001  U.S. government procurement organizations and small business offices will get a new tool to help them track their spending with diversity suppliers such as women- and minority-owned businesses, thanks to a contract modification signed this week between the General Services Administration (GSA) and Applied Information Services (AIS).

AIS said this week that it had successfully signed a modification to Contract Number GS-35F-0294J with the GSA to add AIS' DivTRAK software to its Schedule 70. DivTRAK is a tool for the management of minority, women, handicap, HUBzone, service disabled-veterans, and other user-definable supplier types.

DivTRAK manages, measures and markets a diversity supplier program through an Oracle database. The database contains, among other information, supplier registration, industrial classifications, diversity classifications, detailed contact information, second-tier suppliers, supplier certifications, contract payments and automatic e-mail updates.

AIS will provide the license for the DivTRAK software, as well as installation and training services.

Established in 1990 and based in Somerset, N.J., AIS is a systems integrator specializing in client/server and Web applications, document management systems and relational database development. AIS clients include Prudential, Pfizer, Avis, AM Best and the U.S. Army.

Can companies implementing e-procurement maintain diverse supplier bases? Rick Green, CEO of $29 billion electric and gas company UtiliCorp United, thinks they can. Read why in the article "Supplier Diversity and e-Procurement: Why Your Initiatives Are Not at Odds," in the August 2001 issue of iSource Business.