WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 16, 2012) -- A covenant signing took place in the Pentagon Aug. 14, formalizing the consolidation of three Army intelligence activities into an organization with a new name.

The Technology Management Office is now called the Army Special Programs Directorate, or ASPD, and the Army Special Access Program Central Office and the Sensitive Activities Oversight Office are now part of ASPD.

Authority for the consolidation came from Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, who signed Army Directive 2012-10 approving the changes.

The changes are expected to benefit the Army in cost savings, elimination of redundancies in the business processes, and greater efficiencies in the oversight of Special Access Programs and Sensitive Activities, according to Karl Borden, ASPD director.

McHugh wrote in the directive that in executing its mission, "the ASPD serves under my overall authority, direction and control" and the vice chief of staff "will provide overall supervision of the ASPD."

He added: "input from stakeholders and customers" were a critical part of the changes to "functions, roles and responsibilities."