Defence deparment's DIE killed-off after a day
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Defence deparment's DIE killed-off after a day

It might be remembered as the Australian Public Service's shortest-lived acronym, but the signs were never good for a 2000-strong business group called DIE.

But the public servants working for the outfit formerly known as Defence Support and Reform Group (DSRG) must be relieved nonetheless that they won't have to hand out business card with "DIE" on them.

Deputy secretary in charge Steve Grzeskowiak said, in an email bulletin to his troops, the new name is now Estate and Infrastructure Group (E&IG).

The Defence establishment's MediaOpps squad has jumped into the action too, explaining that the whole DIE thing was just a terrible misunderstanding caused by an unfortunate slip of the keyboard.

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"It would appear that the email you have based your story on contained a typo," the unit wrote in a statement.

"To clarify, on 1 July 2015 the Defence Support and Reform Group (DSRG) was renamed the Estate and Infrastructure Group (E&IG).

"No other changes have been made to the name and the Group has never been known by the acronym DIE."

The whole thing started off so brightly on Tuesday when the nation's Defence chiefs, fresh from getting the all-important departmental lanyards sorted, turned their attention to that other staple of public service life - acronyms - to use in their new 'First Principles restructure.

The 2000 public servants at Support and Reform Group (DSRG) were left wondering if the bosses had really thought through the new DIE moniker.

But announcing the new additions to the Defence-speak lexicon on Tuesday, senior departmental official David Spouse was upbeat about the new acronym. He had a few others up his sleeve, too.

The sprawling Defence and military establishment already boasts some of the Commonwealth government's most eye-catching acronyms, including the notorious MANPAD, which refers to a shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missile, not incontinence underwear.

But Mr Spouse told the troops they were going to have to get used to a few additions to Defence's arcane dialect.

"These revised AAIs and delegations reflect the delisting of DMO as a separate agency and name changes to DMO (CASG from 1 July), DSRG (DIE from 1 July) and DSTO (DSTG from 1 July)," the first assistant secretary financial service wrote.

Loosely translated, that means there are new Accountable Authority Instructions for Defence that say the Defence Material Organisation is no longer a stand-alone outfit and it is now called - deep breath - the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

With that lot cleared up, Mr Spouse went on to write that elsewhere, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is an organisation no more but a group: DSTG.

Mr Spouse told his colleagues in Defence's finance group, (CFOG, FYI) they were expected to be au fait with the new lingo ASAP so it could be BAU (business as usual) over at Russell and Campbell Park.

"I expect all of us as the Finance experts to familiarise ourselves with the new structure, instructions and delegations," he wrote.

"It is important that we are able to provide timely and accurate advice on the changes."

Yes, FAQs are available and those all-important business cards and other branding material, but not lanyards, are to be issued with the new names, Defence public servants were assured.