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Frank Kendall Outlines Defense Department’s Acquisition Reform Plan

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall — defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics — has outlined the Defense Department’s plan to reform its acquisition processes, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jason Miller writes Kendall listed seven focus areas for the strategy in a June letter to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.).

He also asked Congress to prevent another sequestration in fiscal year 2016 and onward, according to the report.

Kendall told an audience at the AFCEA Acquisition Modernization conference in Washington that DoD is also asking the House and Senate authorization committees to change the policies under which program managers handle projects, the report says.

The Pentagon’s acquisition office has started reviewing recommendations from the Professional Services Council to examine the acquisition workforce as well, the station reports.

Miller writes that DoD is also reviewing cost and affordability issues under the first and second versions of its Better Buying Plan.

“Bob Work, the deputy secretary, has commissioned some work called strategic portfolio reviews and some of those are looking at the affordability question and what do we do about the affordability problem that is confronting us,” Kendall told the conference.

Federal News Radio reports that DoD is set to release the third version of BBP with a focus on innovation.

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