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This week Vern was in looking around in his library when he found this study:


The Quality and Professionalism of the Acquisition Workforce


Report of the Investigations Subcommittee, 

Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives,

One Hundred First Congress, Second Session

MAY 8, 1990



The full 776 page study is available at Google Books.

The Contents page of the study contains links that you can click for the different chapters.  Vern mentions 2 chapters from the study. 

Chapter V:  The Contracting Workforce, contains a 12-page section devoted to the contracting officer.  He highlighted some text from the chapter about what Congress thought of contracting officers in 1990.  He explains that the study is out-of-date in some ways but it is still revealing about what Congress thought of contracting officers in those days:

“The contracting officer is the fulcrum of the acquisition process.”


Chapter VII, Professionalism of the Acquisition Workforce, is a 50-page discussion of the state of professionalism, education, and training, begins with a discussion of the concept of professionalism.


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  • bob7947 changed the title to The Quality and Professionalism of the Acquisition Workforce . . . in 1990

From the Oxford Languages Dictionary:




the point on which a lever rests or is supported and on which it pivots.

a thing that plays a central or essential role in an activity, event, or situation.

"research is the fulcrum of the academic community"

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