Virtually every one of DoD’s acquisition programs took a hit from sequestration in the first year of sequestration, officials from each of the military services told lawmakers this week. But the next few years of the 10-year spending restrictions could be much more painful, especially if Congress doesn’t return to the process of enacting regular appropriations bills.
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Over five years, Air Force has beat the independent cost estimates in its acquisition programs by a collective $2 billion, according to the service’s assistant secretary for acquisition. Some of the savings have been returned to the Air Force’s top line, but acquisition managers have been allowed to plow some of the money back into their own programs.
It was a big week for personnel moves within the military’s acquisition leadership. Last Monday, Heidi Shyu, the Army’s top acquisition executive sent a note to staff saying she’d be moving on from government, and just…
The Air Force’s outgoing acquisition chief says there is a lack of incentives for making program schedules faster.
The Section 809 Panel, tasked by Congress to streamline defense acquisition, is giving its initial recommendations just one day before a major acquisition reform bill goes public.
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.
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.