Tag Archives: Acquisition Reform

GAO: DOD Needs Data Strategies to Improve IT Acquisition Monitoring

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the Department of Defense (DOD) to revisit its chief information officer risk ratings, improve data collection initiatives and develop data strategies for its business systems and software acquisition pathways to help enhance acquisition monitoring. Some of these changes are improving data transparency and implementing Agile software development.

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James Geurts: DOD Officials Ramp Up Efforts to Improve Procurement Process

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James Geurts, who currently performs the duties of the undersecretary of the Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said Department of Defense (DOD) officials are increasing efforts to reform the acquisition process. He said such reform efforts could help officials achieve the speed and scale in the acquisition process that could “empower the workforce.”

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Rep. Adam Smith on Acquisition Reform, National Security

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) told Defense News in an interview published Friday that he will prioritize acquisition reform. “I’m a big believer in competition and commercial off-the-shelf technology. We need to make sure we encourage as many competitors as possible."

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Alan Shaffer: DoD Adopts Mid-Tier Approach to Develop Smaller EW Systems

Alan Shaffer, deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said the Pentagon is employing a middle-tier procurement approach for systems that can undergo rapid development, C4ISRNet reported Monday. He talked about the importance of low-cost systems in electronic warfare and the Department of Defense's efforts to rapidly prototype these technologies.

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GAO: DoD Must Bolster Stakeholder Coordination on Procurement Reforms

The Government Accountability Office has assessed the Department of Defense’s procurement reforms, and found that the Pentagon is working to implement 180 of these reforms since 2010. DoD, on average, takes about a year to implement a procurement reform, but spends more than two years to apply some provisions, GAO said Thursday

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GAO Finds Challenges to Monitor Major DoD Acquisition Programs

The Government Accountability Office called on the Pentagon to clarify acquisition oversight roles amid disagreement between the Office of the Secretary of Defense and military branches in monitoring how the agency buys technologies. A new report issued Wednesday highlights the challenges facing the Department of Defense in implementing reforms to restructure the oversight of defense acquisition programs.

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OMB Proposes Creation of Acquisition Modernization Test Board

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy within the Office of Management and Budget submitted six legislative proposals to Congress in April as part of its acquisition reform efforts, Federal News Network reported Monday. One of those proposals is the establishment of an acquisition modernization test board, which would update OFPP’s authority with regard to governmentwide procurement testing and create “test programs that promote incremental improvement of acquisition practices.”

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NASA Deputy Administrator Nominee James Morhard Highlights Priorities Prior to Confirmation Hearing

James Morhard, the White House’s nominee for NASA deputy administrator, says he plans to prioritize acquisition and financial reform, as well as advance the agency’s human spaceflight program, SpaceNews reported Thursday. “If confirmed, we will work to address the national space acquisition process, to radically reduce cost, improve schedules and …

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