Senators, Experts to Watch for DOD Contract Reforms

October 19, 2011

A member of the Wartime Contracting Commission asked senators to question the depth of support that defense officials have for major reforms in contracting operations during wartime or emergency situations -- what are technically called "contingency operations."

"Policies are easy to make. Implementation is really what counts," Dov Zakheim, a commissioner and former comptroller of the Defense Department, told the Senate Armed Services Committee's Readiness and Management Subcommittee. 

However, Frank Kendall, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, said the department has already gone further than policies. Officials are reorganizing their operations, training a deployable cadre of acquisition workers and improving means for gathering contractor performance data, he said.

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