This patent application is assigned to Ryann; William F.
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "A government agency uses TACs (Transportation Account Codes) to pay for funded cargo and personal property shipments throughout the agency such as Defense Transportation System (DTS). TACs are four-character pointers to a Line of Accounting (LOA) that identify the appropriation or user ultimately responsible for the associated transportation costs.
"TACs were created because the Transportation Control Movement Document (TCMD) only had four available positions to represent the LOA. Additionally, manually typing the 50 to 65 character LOA into Bills of Lading (BL) resulted in high error rates, which led to major delays in paying Transportation Service Providers (TSPs) who provided transportation services. The decision to use TACs for cargo and personal property movements has resulted in fewer errors and facilitated the use of electronic payment processing. TACs are inherently financial in nature, requiring a partnership between the transportation and financial communities to ensure appropriate usage, accurate LOAs are properly associated to TACs, and sufficient funds are obligated to meet projected transportation costs. Inappropriate use of TACs, errors in LOAs, and not monitoring TAC expenditures result in an adverse operational impact on soldiers and units, increased Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) payment processing and interest charges, and potential Anti-Deficiency Act (ADA) violations. As a consequence, all
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "It is an objective of this invention to provide:
"A method of monitoring TACs usage and expenditures. Such method allows government official to control the usage or TACs, automatically verifying funds availability, scheduling and confirming shipment through a close relationship between shippers and commercial carriers.
"The present invention includes a set of hardware and software distributed internally and externally in a DMZ.
"The present invention provides a demilitarized zone to allow shippers to schedule shipment while off-premises using a smart device.
"The present invention provides multiform employee/shippers authentication for a secure access management.
"The present invention provides means to allow employees to pre-register in the monitoring system to obtain shipping capability.
"The present invention provides means to schedule shipments in the TAC monitoring system, through an intranet web form or through a smart device.
"The present invention provides means to ship on premises or off premises, while allowing carriers to confirm receipt of shipment.
"The present invention includes capabilities to automatically compute shipment cost or to allow carriers to enter cost, and automatically verify funding availability to approve or not approve a shipment.
"The present invention provides means to alert a fund manager of a lack of funding for further allowances.
"The present invention provides means to submit an un-approved shipment for further processing after fund manager has allocated additional funding.
"The present invention provides instant TAC reporting capability.
"In accordance with the above, the Government Wide Commercial Transportation Shipping Debit Card and Smart Phone System supports total monitoring of TACs and expenditures by keeping track of all shipments that have been made, with complete information of shipper identity, location of shipments, cost of shipment, status of shipment, that is approved/unapproved, in process or confirmed, confirmed, working in conjunction with DFAS and GFEBS to increase electronic payment system efficiency and accuracy.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG.1 is a schematic of the
"FIG. 2 is a view of the hardware relation between the DMZ and the Intranet.
"FIG. 3 is a view of the equipment distributed between the DMZ and the Department Intranet.
"FIG. 4 is a view of the logic used to allow a smart device user to connect to the DMZ system
"FIG. 5 is a view of the user registration form to be assigned a shipper role.
"FIG. 6 is view of the logic for a smart device user to schedule a freight shipment
"FIG. 7 is a view of the logic to schedule a freight shipment through an intranet form
"FIG. 8 is a view of the logic used in shipping and confirming receipt of a shipment, from government premises.
"FIG. 9 is a view of the logic used in shipping and confirming receipt of a shipment, from off government premises.
"FIG. 10 is a view of the logic used to instantly check for TAC funding availability, in a real time situation, with multiple consecutive TAC shipments scheduled.
"FIG. 11 is a view of the logic used to re-approved a previously un-approved shipment schedule
"FIG. 12 is a view of the logic used to schedule a shipment with multiple TACs such as involving OCONUPS or overseas shipment with multiple ports of entry and ports of destination worldwide
"FIG. 13 is a view of the integration of the TAC monitoring system, carrier invoicing and GFEBS."
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