Defense Authorization Nears Passage

November 30, 2011

he Senate on Nov. 30 cleared another hurdle in the path to passing its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, capping the amount of time it will continue to debate the bill and indicating that passage of the legislation could come as early as this week. Now, some members of the defense industrial base are reacting to some of the bill's language.

A number of existing provisions in the bill and amendments that have been added in the past 10 days of debate are targeting the business of the Defense Department, including extensive plans for acquisition reform such as the prevention of counterfeit parts in the DOD supply chain and rules for contractor pay.

One amendment, proposed by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), the committee's ranking member, will require contractors to monitor their supply chain and be held responsible for counterfeit parts. The contractors also would have to pay for new parts to replace any fake items, as well as the reworking of the product to integrate the new parts. 

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