DOD Puts its Acquisition Procedures Under a Microscope

April 27, 2012

As the Defense Department works to improve efficiencies – especially in the ways it buys goods and services – officials are working with the General Services Administration and looking at alternative opportunities to break out of the confines of traditional contract options.

"How do we more effectively use the GSA schedules? There is a concern within the department that when we use the schedules, we should be using them more effectively," said Shay Assad, director of defense pricing at the Defense Department. "Right now there's a presumption of competition; we need to ensure that we've created an environment where people...can actually compete fairly on a level playing field and have opportunities to do business."

Assad, who spoke April 27 at the Coalition for Government Procurement's spring conference in Falls Church, Va., said one of his efforts to improve contracting practices is a pilot program to try out different kinds of contracts for different kinds of procurements, rather than the conventional approaches to acquisition. his comments reflected the sentiments other DOD officials expressed at a panel discussion April 17.

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