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Michael Scott: DLA Uses Machine Learning-Based Tool to Safeguard DoD Supply Chain

The Defense Logistics Agency has started using a business decision analytics platform that works to help contracting officers protect the Defense Department’s supply chain from counterfeit parts and cyber threats, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

“It is a first-of-a-kind-type tool at DLA where we use machine learning, predictive analytics and variables and multiple input data sources to really focus on risk from three perspectives: suppliers, item or product procuring and pricing,” Michael Scott, deputy director of DLA’s logistics operations, said of the analytics platform.

“We bring all of that together in an interactive tool for when our acquisition specialists are going through the process of the acquisition and awarding contracts,” he told Ask the CIO.

Scott said the analytics tool has been used to screen approximately 1M procurement bids on a daily basis and has helped DLA identify at least 350 high-risk supplier entities and commercial and government entity codes since March.

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