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Frank Kendall: Military Could Use Weapons Cost Oversight Framework for IT Projects

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Frank Kendall

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall said Wednesday that the military should consider applying the Nunn-McCurdy oversight law used for weapons programs to information technology projects, FCW reported Wednesday.

Sean Lyngaas writes that Kendall testified about IT procurement at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday.

“When we have a program that has cost growth, we really should ask the questions that Nunn-McCurdy requires us to ask: Should you terminate or not? And do you still need this? And is it soundly managed?,” Kendall told lawmakers, according to the report.

The Nunn-McCurdy Amendment mandates that Pentagon officials notify Congress if a weapon contract’s cost per unit grows 30 percent above the baseline estimate.

Lyngaas writes that a Pentagon IT project undergoes a change review when the program’s total cost increases by 25 percent or more than what was originally estimated.

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