Pentagon Seeks to Strengthen Acquisition Workforce

March 2, 2012

In an era of shrinking defense budgets, President Obama's fiscal 2013 budget forges ahead with existing plans to strengthen the acquisitions workforce through improved management and modest increases in hiring. Still, many in the contracting community appear resigned to seeing fewer opportunities as the government seeks a proper balance between in-house and contracted management.

In its broad themes, the Defense Department budget stresses "better buying power" and creating new efficiencies and improving productivity through such tactics as reducing high-risk contracts and cutting spending on contracts for management support services.

The Pentagon's request for $274.2 million for the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund reflects its "continuing efforts to strengthen the acquisition workforce, which includes efforts to right-size and right-shape the workforce," a department spokeswoman said in an email to Government Executive. 

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