As the Defense Department plans to split its acquisition office, it’s planning on using existing authorities to take a bite out of contracting time.
The Defense Department is starting its preliminary work to cut its acquisition office in half, including assigning distinct responsibilities to each new office.
A new analysis of government data shows that 2016 may have been the low ebb of Defense contract spending, following six years of steady declines.
In part two of a special report: Defense Acquisition at a Crossroads, Federal News Radio examines the challenges the Defense Department will face as it implements numerous Congressional acquisition reforms, many of which it didn’t ask for.
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.
If all goes according to plan, the Defense Department is a few weeks away from releasing new guidance on how it buys and builds business IT systems.
The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce recently inducted Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics at the Department of Defense, as its Public Sector Partner of the Year. The presentation was made as part of the 14th Annual Greater Washington GovCon Awards.