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Mac Thornberry: House Armed Services Committee to Prioritize Defense Procurement Reform

Mac Thornberry
Mac Thornberry

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), House Armed Services Committee chairman, aims to take an incremental legislative approach to help the Defense Department fix the agency’s procurement issues, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jared Serbu writes Thornberry outlined his priorities as the committee’s new chair during a speech Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute.

“There is not going to be a 2,000-page bill that solves acquisition,” Thornberry told his audience.

“What we will do is… we’ll try to make some things a little better and then we’ll make some more things better the next year and keep after it year after year as long as I have this job,” he added, according to the station.

He plans to introduce proposals to reform the defense procurement system this spring and then seek feedback before he decides whether to include the recommendations in the defense authorization bill for fiscal 2016.

Thornberry also vowed to have the committee examine Congress’ reporting requirements to DoD as well as monitor accountability in DoD’s acquisition chain.

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