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New Democrat Coalition Recommends Changes to Defense Acquisition System

acquisition policyA group of Democratic lawmakers has proposed several measures they believe could streamline the U.S. Defense Department‘s system for procuring defense products and services from industry, Defense News reported Wednesday.

John Bennett writes the New Democrat Coalition said in a report obtained by CongressWatch that the department should expand its buying workforce, as well as adopt strategies to improve management and accountability in its acquisition program.

NDC recommended that each military service design “a portfolio management framework to align like information technology requirements at all dollar values for goods and services,” according to Bennett’s article.

The lawmakers also urged DoD to form a working group of defense acquisition and industry representatives who would suggest performance metrics that encourage mutual collaboration.

Bennett writes that NDC also called for an end to defense spending cuts, which the coalition believes has affected decision-making at the agency.

“We need to agree on a comprehensive, balanced, long-term fiscal plan that will allow us to end these harmful cuts, and work to create the opportunity to make informed strategic decisions that put our nation on the path to success and our budget on the road to fiscal responsibility,” the group added, according to Defense News.

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