US Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command Acquisition Center Joins Multiple Commands Using eSignLive E-Signatures

August 27, 2007

Technology leader C-E LCMC, in partnership with Army Materiel Command, is leveraging the US Army's enterprise e-signature license to bring government contracting processes completely online.

Montreal, QC, August 28, 2007 — Silanis Technology, the premier provider of electronic signing solutions to DoD, is pleased to report expanding use of its e-signatures by the US Army, including the upcoming integration of Silanis' ApproveIt® XHTML solution for e-procurement by the C-E LCMC Acquisition Center, a Major Subordinate Command of the Army Materiel Command (AMC).

Annually processing over 17,000 contract actions, valued at $12 billion, the C-E LCMC Acquisition Center has responsibility for over $60 billion worth of Army contracts. C-E LCMC has received wide recognition for its “proactive approach to contracting excellence.” An impressive example of many e-tools is its Web-based, open-source virtual contract management office, called the Project Contract Folder (PCF).  PCF is an application enabling the secure online processing and records management of all acquisition-related documents.

“The C-E LCMC recognized that e-signatures were the final step to taking the entire procurement process fully electronic,” said Silanis CEO Richard L. Warren. “The Army's ApproveIt enterprise license provides the quickest and most economical way to get started."

Other Army commands wishing to take advantage of this technology, which is already available to them under the enterprise license, may contact Silanis at 1-888-745-2647 ext. 1152, or visit the Army Small Computer Program Web site:

Silanis' ApproveIt XHTML Server allows personnel to perform contracting functions from any place, at any time, using only a Web browser. By eliminating paper from the approval process, it reduces costs and streamlines operations. This secure, JITC-certified  solution also supports e-signing with Common Access Cards (CAC) as part of the DoD's Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

E-signatures will provide a key addition to PCF, as they will allow the Acquisition Center to avoid the current practice of having to print, sign and scan signature pages back into the system. In addition, eliminating the need to re-key data will increase the Acquisition Center’s productivity.

A US Army audit estimates the Army at large will save $1.3 billion annually, once it has fully deployed its Forms Content Management Program (FCMP), an initiative to automate forms-based processes using Silanis e-signatures with XML-based e-forms and content management software from IBM. Savings generated by C-E LCMC’s deployment of Silanis electronic signatures, scheduled for this autumn, will augment that amount.

“We are delighted to be increasing our support of the US Army through our work with the C-E LCMC," said Mr. Warren. "This further endorsement of Silanis’ e-signatures demonstrates the vital nature of our solution in taking any procurement process fully electronic.

"We look forward to continuing this excellent working relationship.”

About Silanis

Founded in 1992, Silanis Technology Inc. is the largest and most experienced provider of electronic signature solutions. More than 1,400 government and commercial organizations, representing two million users, depend on Silanis' solutions to accelerate operations, improve service and reduce costs. The company's solutions not only eliminate the inefficiencies of paper, they provide reliable and auditable business records needed to demonstrate compliance with applicable laws, standards, regulations and policies.

About C-E LCMC

Headquartered at Ft. Monmouth, NJ, the C-E LCMC Acquisition Center is the Army’s premier acquisition center for acquiring quality, technologically superior, next-generation communications and electronics equipment and services in the shortest time for the Warfighter, while obtaining best value for the American taxpayer.  It currently manages over $60 billion in Army contracts while awarding over 17,000 actions annually valued at $12 billion.