DoD Evaluates 350 Acquisition-Related Rules; Linda Nielson Comments

The Defense Department has begun to review 716 regulations including 350 acquisition-related rules in compliance with a White House executive order in February that seeks to reduce regulatory burden on citizens and businesses through regulatory reform efforts, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Linda Nielson, deputy director at DoD’s office of defense acquisition regulations system for the defense procurement and acquisition policy, said the department has initiated a multi-step process to assess the procurement rules.

The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations personnel completed historical research on all procurement-related regulations within three weeks as part of the initial step, Nielson said Tuesday at the Section 809 Panel meeting in Virginia.

“For all 350, we compiled the intended outcome of the regulations, what was the reason it was identified as an issue that required codifying,” added Nielson.

She said DoD also has collaborated with subject matter experts to assess whether a regulation offers benefits under the EO’s terms as part of the process’ second step, which she says is “ongoing.”

Nielson said the department expects changes to acquisition regulations to occur in 2019 and 2020 since the rulemaking process to alter or remove existing rules could take 18 to 24 months, the report added.

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