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Frank Kendall Asks Industry to Cut Overhead Costs

frank kendallDefense Department Undersecretary Frank Kendall has asked the government contracting industry to follow the Pentagon’s example by reducing overhead costs, Defense News reported Thursday.

Marcus Weisgerber writes Kendall, undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, requested audiences at a Nov. 7 event to provide input on items that raise costs without increasing value.

Katrina McFarland, assistant secretary for acquisition, will lead a team that will manage that initiative, according to the report.

“I’m hopeful that we’ll get some good results out of that and drive some unnecessary overhead out of the system,” Kendall told audience members at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event.

“[I]t’s about improvement and specific things we can do to move us forward in the right direction,” Kendall added.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently said his agency would trim its workforce and spending by 20 percent over the coming years, Defense News reports.

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