Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has established a joint task force to handle the Department of Defense’s influx of requests for medical and personal protective equipment.
The DoD said Wednesday the Joint Acquisition Task Force will oversee requests from entities such as the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Lord said that authorities under the Defense Production Act will manage funding for the task force and will work to mitigate reliance on foreign resources. The Pentagon has also created portals to encourage feedback from industry on manufacturing and technical assistance, she added.
"The task force will synchronize the DOD acquisition response to this crisis, working closely with all the services and defense agencies," said Lord."The task force will leverage DOD authorities for maximum acquisition flexibility to provide resilient capability in the current health crisis."
According to Lord, the DoD is working with contractors, including small businesses, for emergency loan assistance matters. She noted that her office is also working with DHS to ensure continued operations of the defense industrial base.
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