DOD Acquisition, Legislative Changes

The House on Thursday passed H.R.5013, the Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every Acquisition Act of 2010, entitled to achieve the acronym, IMPROVE Acquisition Act.

Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) explained the legislation’s goal in the floor debate:

This act will overhaul the defense acquisition system in many respects. Basically, however, requiring the department to set clear objectives for the defense acquisition system and manage performance in achieving those objectives; requiring the department to introduce real accountability into the requirements process, and create a requirements process for the acquisition of services; strengthening and revitalizing the acquisition workforce; requiring the department to develop meaningful consequences for success or failure in financial management; and strengthening the industrial base to enhance competition and gain access to more innovative technology.

In other words, the legislation before us today would require the Department of Defense to adopt the basic management practices that are necessary for anything as complex as the acquisitions system to function properly. These changes will make sure that the men and women who are risking their lives to protect our country are getting the proper equipment they need to do their jobs and to protect themselves, and that they get it sooner. Additionally, we expect this bill to prevent the waste of billions of taxpayer dollars over the next 5 years.

The bill passed 417-3, which suggests a bill that changes things on the margins. In his floor statement in support, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer used the bill to hammer Republicans for fiscal recklessness and praise Democrats for fiscal responsibility.

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