DALLAS — New rules for how the Defense Department will buy services are in their final approval stages.
Col. James DeLong, a senior program analyst for the Air Force, said Tuesday that the 5000.ac policy is in the hands of Alan Estevez, DoD’s principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, for review before it heads for signature from Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
DeLong didn’t give a timetable for when DoD would finalize the policy, but it should come later this year.
The new policy, which has been under development for the better part of a year, aims to bring together several ongoing initiatives to improve how the military buys services. Services account for about 55 percent ($156 billion) of all DoD’s acquisition spending.
More specifically, Hamm said FedSIM will use FAR Part 16.505, (b) Orders under multiple-award contracts. He said this section is a fairly straightforward section that calls for agencies to do three basic things: provide fair opportunities, consider price as an evaluation factor and offer unsuccessful bidders with a debriefing.