GAO Testimony on DOD, DCMA Progress on Rebuilding the Acquisition Workforce

November 16, 2011

On Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing, "On the Frontlines in the Acquisition Workforce's Battle Against Taxpayer Waste." 

John P. Hutton, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management at the Government Accountability Office, presented his testimony, "Acquisition Workforce: DOD's Efforts to Rebuild Capacity Have Shown Some Progress," highlighting efforts by the Department of Defense and Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) to boost the size and skills of the acquisition workforce.

As evidence of progress, Hutton stated that in fiscal 2010, the DOD reported hiring 5,900 acquisition workers, in addition to making progress in assessing the skills and capabilities of the acquisition workforce. However, the GAO believes that the DOD must do more to assess and train DOD employees who have a hand in the acquisition process, but aren't formally part of the acquisition workforce. 

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