Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials - June 2016

Speaker Biographies

Paula M. George (Defense Logistics Agency (DLA-HQ))

Paula is currently working for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as a Quality/Technical Analyst, assigned as the Agency Lead for Quality Management and is the Agency GIDEP Representative. (GIDEP = the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program). She has been working with SAE International on the development of counterfeit prevention standards since 2010, and is the Chair of the G-21R Committee, (AS6886 Avoidance of Counterfeit Refrigerant). Paula is also serving as the Co-Chair for the G-19 Committee (Chair of Chairs) on preventing counterfeit electrical, electronic and electromechanical (EEE) parts, and is the Co-Chair of the G-21 Committee (preventing counterfeit materiel other than EEE parts). Some of her other efforts with the SAE counterfeit prevention standards include AS6496 (EEE Authorized Distribution), AS6081 (EEE Independent Distribution), AS6171 (EEE Test Laboratory Standard plus Slash Sheets), AS5553 (EEE Parts Integrators Standard), and AS6174 (Non-EEE Materiel plus Slash Sheets).

Before her transfer to DLA in 2009, Paula worked as an Engineer, (Mechanical, Materials, and then General Engineering) at the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) for 21 years. She was the Agency Lead for NonDestructive Testing, Acquisition Logistics, and Test and Evaluation for 8 years at DCMA-HQ, and prior to that had worked in the field in Dayton and Cleveland. In 1998, Paula won the Department of Defense Value Engineering Award for her work on the Field Deployable Environmental Control Unit.

Paula also has experience in industry - after graduating from engineering school, (a very long time ago), she worked at Ford Motor Company on a product development program on manual transaxles, and then spent 7 years at Goodyear Aerospace Corporation doing research and development of carbon-carbon aircraft brake materials before starting her Government career.



The problems with Replacement Part Manufacturers (RPMs) are not well known, but they are having an adverse effect in the Government supply chain. This briefing will discuss what DLA knows of the situation. "RPMs" (usually U.S. companies) will obtain used parts or parts of alternative manufacturers. Many of the parts come from independent distribution channels with no provenance or traceability. The "RPM" removes the Original Component Manufacturer's (OCM) markings (if any) and re-marks the parts with their own name / part numbers. Parts are then sold under the "RPM" name / numbers, with or without testing. There will be a brief discussion of the legality of "RPMs", and the effects their parts may have on systems and the supply chains.