In today’s panel, we discuss the renewed focus on commercial items, and there are a lot of contemporary reasons to do so.
Appeals court says the Army acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it decided to pay contractors to build a new intelligence IT system, rather than buying a commercially-available one.
Rep. Mac Thornberry’s (R-Texas) latest proposal for acquisition reform presses DoD to implement the initiatives Congress has already passed; borrows heavily from “809 panel” for new ones.
First volume of three expected reports from the “Section 809” panel seeks changes in areas ranging from business IT to contract oversight and commercial buying.
The House Armed Services Committee is set to begin its annual marathon session marking up the Defense authorization bill today. The initial draft includes more than 60 provisions dealing with acquisition, including one telling DoD to buy commercial products from online “marketplaces” like Amazon.
Preliminary analysis by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) shows the number of new regulations agencies and vendors must adhere to has increased from 16 to 142 since 2009.