Experts Applaud DOD Better Buying Plan

November 15, 2012

Defense officials want to avoid a repeat of the aftershocks of the 1990s Defense Department budget cuts, which hit the department’s acquisition workforce hard, taking away expertise while putting an increasing workload on the shoulders of fewer employees.

Today, DOD wants convey in its Better Buying Power Initiative 2.0 that the workforce will not take that hit again, an expert said.

The acquisition initiative’s message: “We have to think carefully and strategically when it comes to the workforce,” said Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council and former deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition reform.

Defense officials cannot backslide, or for that matter simply not make progress, on improving its acquisition workforce, the lynchpin of meeting the other acquisition goals, such as boosting competition, controlling program costs, and incentivizing contractors, he said.

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