WASHINGTON -- The Commerce Department's Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) today announced full partnership in the U.S. Navy's Best Manufacturing Practices (BMP) program which is aimed at insuring that the United States maintains a strong defense-industrial base.
The Navy's award-winning program identifies up-to-date, successful developments in the manufacturing sector, creates a data base of those practices, and works to get that information into the hands of businesses which supply the Department of Defense. The data is public, non-proprietary information and publicly available. As a full partner, BXA will participate in decisions about the program's focus.
"Our full partnership with BMP is another exciting step in a mutually beneficial relationship between BXA and the Navy. Combining our resources will be of great value to maintaining a strong defense-industrial base, which is vital to our national security," said Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Administration, R. Roger Majak.
BXA brings its strong network of federal, state, and local agencies, companies, trade associations, and academia to the partnership. BXA has maintained a BMP satellite center at the Commerce headquarters building where government agencies and industry can obtain BMP information.
BMP was a winner of the 1998 Innovations in American Government Awards Program sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by Harvard University and the Council for Excellence in Government. The University of Maryland at College Park is also a full partner.
BXA's BMP center is located in room 3073 of the Commerce Hoover building, located at 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, DC. The center is open on request. To arrange a tour, please contact Chris Weller, Satellite Center Manager, BXA, at 202-482-8236.
In April of 2002 the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) changed its name to the Bureau of Industry and Security(BIS). For historical purposes we have not changed the references to BXA in the legacy documents found in the Archived Press and Public Information.