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Reforming the Acquisition Process: View from the trenches

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Guest Vern Edwards

Federal Times published an interesting opinion piece on July 7, entitled, "Time for DOD to Untangle Buying Process," by Joe Bednar, a CO with the Defense Logistics Agency.

http://www.federalti...-buying-process

He begins:

Dear Defense Department acquisitions bureaucracy: enough already. Please stop expanding the already monstrous labyrinth of buying procedures.

He recommends having "a few capable contracting people from the front lines" be given the job of rewriting the FAR... essential buying procedures" and eliminating supplements. His heart is in the right place.

(Thanks to Jim Nagle of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP of Seattle for bringing the article to my attention. Jim is one of the authors, along with Ralph Nash and John Cibinic, of Administration of Government Contracts 4th ed.)

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I would love the supplements to disappear. As someone who has transferred agencies a couple of times, learning that agency's supplement can be a pain. However, is that feasible? With specific language going into DoD appropriations, or VA, or whoever, it is possible to get rid of the supplements?

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