New legislative proposals from the Defense Department try to streamline the acquisition system, but do they compromise oversight?
In its annual assessment of DoD’s major weapons systems, GAO calculated that over the past year, the department has seen a $10.7 billion increase in its “buying power.”
The Pentagon’s internal improvement plan, known as Better Buying Power, coincided with several consecutive years of declines in the rate of cost growth for the Pentagon’s major weapons systems, from more than 9 percent in 2011 to 3.5 percent in 2015, the lowest level since 1985.
Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, used his final public remarks as Pentagon acquisition chief Tuesday to argue that DoD has made significant, demonstrable progress in improving outcomes from its procurement system, and that if Congress wants to help, it should largely stay out of the way.
The Pentagon is developing a new web portal to make it easier for firms to let the government know about their independent research & development (IR&D) activities.
One of the main tenets of the Pentagon’s Better Buying Power initiative is changing procurement for the better.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the White House releases this year’s Federal Agency Strategic Sustainability Plans, providing a snapshot of the progress agencies have made becoming more environmentally friendly.
DoD would focus on sustainment costs if is has a chance to release another version of Better Buying Power.
The Army, Navy, and Air Force on Monday released their supplier performance ratings shortlists for 2016 — an honor roll for contractors’ business units scored highly by the military acquisition community.
George Washington University Law Professor Steve Schooner joins host Roger Waldron to discuss “Better Buying Power Principles” and their potential impact on DoD acquisition. May 31, 2016