US Has Concerns with UK Plan to Outsource Acquisition Oversight

April 29, 2013

The US Defense Department is expressing concern over a UK initiative to consider outsourcing management of its defense procurement and support operations, roles traditionally filled by government employees.Britain plans to select a contractor to fulfill acquisition oversight duties by mid-2014 and is poised to begin a 12-month assessment of the government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) framework. The plan is part of broader overhaul of the UK Defence Equipment & Support operation (DE&S).

"We do have some concerns over an option that would put contractors in roles normally filled by government employees and the effects this would have on ongoing and future cooperation," said US Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan, a spokeswoman for Frank Kendall, DoD's top acquisition official. 

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