Ellen Lord Details DoD Plans to Attract More Industry Partners

Ellen Lord, the top acquisition officer at the Department of Defense, has said the agency plans to simplify some processes in buying technologies for the military in 2019, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday.

The undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment said the effort mainly aims to increase partnerships with the industry and to speed up how the Pentagon acquires commercial products. 

The DoD wants to create more commonality in intellectual property policies, release scorecards to monitor contractor performance, simplify compliance with federal acquisition rules and regulations, and seek new acquisition authorities from Congress.

Lord said her office will also look to rewrite the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement next year to reduce the compliance burden for contractors.

She noted the changes would help the industry have control of their products, guide the DoD in future contract awards and requirements, and help contractors understand and utilize rapid acquisition authorities.

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