The Defense Innovation Board, tasked by Congress with finding ways to lower DoD’s software acquisition costs and speed projects up, says the department needs to begin by asking different questions of its development teams.
Special hiring authorities for personnel working in government-owned depots are set to expire in September.
Don Bell, director of the black talent initiative at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, has been poring over the data and has some ideas for how Congress can fix it.
In the second of three volumes laying out fixes for DoD’s acquisition system, the Section 809 panel says a “program-centric” approach leads to sluggish decisions.
As part of a revived effort to manage contractors, civilians and military personnel as a “total force,” DoD intends to propose a new way to conduct public-private competitions.
Robert Wilkie, the president’s nominee for secretary of Veterans Affairs, said he would faithfully implement the VA MISSION Act, but oppose efforts to fully-privatize VA health care.
Senate’s NDAA says DoD has failed to deliver on a military health reorganization Congress ordered two years ago, and mandates more specific reforms.
The Senate’s Defense policy bill claims DoD has dragged its feet on previously-ordered management reforms that would create cross-functional teams to solve business challenges.
The Senate’s NDAA orders SOCOM to transfer dozens of personnel to the Pentagon office in charge of overseeing it. In the 2017 NDAA, Congress reorganized the chain of command for special operations.
Based on recommendations from the Section 809 Panel, the House has proposed the first major reforms in 25 years to DoD’s buying of commercial items. But the Senate wants more study.