Lieberman, Collins Warn Against Slashing Acquisition Workforce

June 13, 2012

When the Defense Department shrunk in the 1990s after the end of the Cold War, many in Congress, the executive branch and industry now say they went too far, especially with its acquisition workforce. Even today, nearly 20 years later, the Pentagon and the government at-large continue to feel the effects of those mistakes.

"Too many people in acquisition were let go and their positions were not filled, but the acquisitions went on and it was basically a mismatch," said Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, in an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio as part of its week- long multimedia series, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

"The people in the acquisition divisions at federal agencies, there weren't enough of them, so they couldn't really review the procurements or the money that was being spent," he said. 

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