Government - Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP)

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History of GIDEP

Since GIDEP's inception, participants have reported over $2.1 BILLION in prevention of unplanned expenditures. That means without GIDEP, participants could have potentially realized additional expenses of over $2.1 billion.
Following are some of the major milestones in GIDEP's past.


1959, GIDEP began as the Interservice Data Exchange Program (IDEP). The purpose of IDEP, which was created by mutual agreement of the three Military Services (Army, Navy, Air Force), was to reduce duplicate testing being conducted on the same parts/components/materials. At its inception, IDEP covered only Ballistic Missile systems developed under U.S. defense programs.


1963, the Navy's Component Reliability History Survey (CRHS) program was merged with IDEP. The CRHS program exchanged test documentation and information on high reliability parts/components utilized by the various ballistic missile programs in the military.
1964, the Navy's Guided Missile Data Exchange Program (GMDEP) was merged with IDEP. GMDEP exchanged reliability and test information on parts/components used in the Navy's missile programs.
1965, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) requested to join IDEP to further support their data needs for space application parts.
1966, NASA began to issue ALERTs on parts/components/materials that did not meet space requirements. The NASA ALERTs were the start of the IDEP ALERT system and soon many IDEP participants were also exchanging ALERT information.
The Department of National Defence, Canadian Military Electronics Standards Agency (CAMESA) submitted a request to join IDEP. CAMESA hoped to exchange data among industry and government activities in Canada and the United States. Approval for participation was granted by the U.S. Department of State.
With the addition of NASA and CAMESA, the program name was changed to the Interagency Data Exchange Program, retaining the acronym IDEP. The scope of the data was changed to accept data on all missile and aerospace programs.
1968, the Calibration Procedures Data Interchange, was added to IDEP. This occurred when the National Conference of Standards Laboratories (NCSL) requested IDEP assume the collection and distribution of the massive hard copy calibration file maintained at Vandenberg Air Force Base.


1970, the three service IDEP offices were consolidated by agreement of the Joint Logistics Commanders (JLC), and the program became known as the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP). By request of the JLC, the Navy assumed overall program management of GIDEP.
1973, Failure Rate Data (FARADA), a program developed by the Navy to collect and analyze reliability data, joined GIDEP and was renamed as the Reliability-Maintainability Data Interchange.
GIDEP introduced its first retrieval program using remote terminal devices.
1974, the ALERT system was established as a separate data interchange within GIDEP and became known as the Failure Experience Data Interchange.
1975, the Air Force implemented its Defective Parts and Components Control Program (DPCCP) as a method of enforcing ALERT utilization through Air Force activities and contractors. The DPCCP program was implemented via MIL-STD-1556 and several Contractor Data Requirements List (CDRL) Data Item Descriptors (DIDs).
1976, the Secretariat for Electronic Test Equipment (SETE), a project to improve Naval test equipment, joined GIDEP as the Metrology Data Interchange.
1977, the National Bureau of Standards Laboratories, now known as the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST), designated GIDEP as a repository for NBS data on standards and calibration. GIDEP continues to act as an additional outlet for distribution of a subset of NIST information and documents.


1981, as the importance of energy and energy exploration increased, the Department of Energy (DOE) joined GIDEP. Selected DOE data was added to GIDEP. DOE data in GIDEP now covers the areas of development and production of parts, materials, components and related energy subjects for solar, wind, fossil fuel, oil and nuclear energy.
1985, a new remote terminal program, the LOOK retrieval system, was implemented.
1988, the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoDIG) reviewedGIDEP to determine its effectiveness and to recommend improvements. Survey results determined a need to modernize the GIDEP system, both to increase its responsiveness, and to focus on information vital to the nation's interest which would decrease the cost of systems acquisition. As a result, GIDEP briefed the Joint Logistics Commanders and recommended an aggressive program for the acquisition of equipment and software for a state-of-the-art imaging and data retrieval system.


1992, GIDEP transitioned to full imaging and electronic processing using the Electronic Document Automated Information System (EDAIS). With EDAIS, participants view the full text of a document on-line, or download the text and images to their computers. Remote User Interface 2.0 (RUII) was also introduced as a program to assist in searching the database.
1993, the new GIDEP Windows program (GWIN 1.0) was introduced, making it even easier to search for, download, and view documents from the database.
GIDEP representatives reported their highest cost avoidance to date, resulting in an impressive 27 to 1 return on investment (ROI).
1995, Central Repository for Diminishing Manufacturing Sources/Material Shortage (DMS/MS-Obsolescence) information, this designation by the DoD provides all GIDEP participants a one-stop solution to ever-growing obsolescence problems.
GIDEP establishes presence on the World Wide Web. In the GIDEP "Home Page", participants, and the world, for that matter, can find information pertaining to GIDEP with the click of a button. By utilizing this marketing forum, GIDEP participation has increased 28%.
1996, GIDEP supports DoD's DMS/MS designation (see 1995) by developing a unique state-of-the-art client/server software that enables real-time DMS action tracking by Item Managers.
1997, GIDEP introduces friendly, yet very powerful, database search software on the ever growing and popular World Wide Web ( With this capability, GIDEP participants benefit by having a dynamic GUI (Graphical User Interface) that does not require any on-site upgrade or installation.
1998, two new products were introduced. The Metrology CD allow Metrologists the flexibility to bring GIDEP Metrology documents where ever they were needed and retrieve them with a powerful search engine. The introduction of Push Mail allowed participants a glimpse of new data without accessing the system. UDRs are also distributed daily via push mail.
1999, sees the introduction of batching and the addition of a new data type, Lessons Learned. Batch Match allows participants to submit their part listing to GIDEP for comparison against the database and to receive the results via email. Lessons Learned is a new failure experience data type which details a "good work practice" or innovative approach that is captured and shared to promote repeat application.


2000, Metrology DVD is introduced, allowing Metrology users to carry a larger volume of Calibration Procedures in the field.
2002, Participant Utilization Reporting System (PURS) was introduced, automating the annual utilization reporting requirement and enabling representatives to submit reports in real-time as they use the database.
2004, an automated online Urgent Data Request system was initiated. With this system, users managed their request more efficiently and could differentiate between Request For Information (RFI) and Source Of Supply (SOS).
2007, GIDEP Program is realigned from the Department of the Navy, ASNRD&A to the Defense Standardization Executive, Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO).
2008, XML was used for the first time for data Push Mail services.
2009, GIDEP On-line Membership Application (GOMA) was introduced to automate the membership application process.

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