Irene Johnson: DoD contract closeout backlog needs some help

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It sometimes seems the Defense Department is slow to award contracts. But it’s also been slow to close them out. That can put both contractors and the government at financial risk. The closeout backlog has been growing — more contracts coming into the Defense Contract Management Agency than it could get to. But staff there have piloted a special quick closeout team that produced real results. It won a David Packard Excellent in Acquisition Award. Irene Johnson, director of special programs at the DCMA, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.