News | Oct. 19, 2015

DLA takes responsibility for Air Force’s Hazardous Material Management System

By DLA Information Operations DLA Public Affairs

The Air Force’s system for tracking and managing hazardous materials and waste is now under the management of Defense Logistics Agency Information Operations and DLA Logistics Operations.

DLA took over the Hazardous Material Management System, an automated, web-based system that provides cradle-to-grave tracking, management and reporting capabilities for hazardous materials and waste, from the service Sept. 28.

The HMMS platform provides both visibility and accountability that satisfies federal, state and local reporting and compliance requirements for government facilities. HMMS users can manage material before it comes into an activity’s facility and after the waste is manifested and shipped to a location for treatment, storage or final disposition.

Since 1993, HMMS has been deployed throughout the Department of Defense and managed on a cost-reimbursable basis, which will be maintained by DLA Information Operations’ Federal Logistics Information System team. The program’s customer base spans the U.S. and Japan, and includes the Department of the Navy, U.S. Army, NASA, DLA, and soon, the U.S. Marine Corps.

Although DLA will manage HMMS, the Air Force will continue to host the system at the Hill Enterprise Data Center on Hill Air Force Base, Utah, said Amber Gentry-Upston, DLA HMMS program manager in DLA Information Operations.   

“The future holds many goals for the new program management office, including forging better relationships with manufacturers and vendors; military, civilian and contractor users; and between DLA and the DoD,” she said.

Gentry-Upston said that by putting an emphasis on optimized accessibility and cyber security, DLA hopes to also decrease lifecycle ownership costs by forging partnerships with federal, state and local organizations.

“We hope to achieve these goals in the near future with support from our stakeholders while continuing to achieve process excellence and efficiencies,” she said.

An HMMS “Sustainable Logistics” forum will be held at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, Oct. 19-22. The four-day forum will provide training on HMMS modules, networking opportunities for system stakeholders, and various lectures and presentations.