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Below in the quote box, is an excerpt from the May 2017, Section 809 Interim Report.  Links are provided to the sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts that made this panel.

The purpose of this discussion category is to collect any ideas that may assist the Panel in its work.  Please feel freee to create your own topic and provide your comments.  Others may expand upon comments in any topic created.

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The Department of Defense spends nearly $300 billion annually acquiring systems, goods, and services in support of the nation’s defense. A successful acquisition system is critical to providing warfighting and defense capability.    

Section 809 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114– 92), as amended by Section 863(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114–328), established an independent Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations—the Section 809 Panel. By statute, the panel was formed to

  • Review the acquisition regulations applicable to the Department of Defense with a view toward streamlining and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Defense acquisition process and maintain defense technology advantage and  
  • Make recommendations for the amendment or repeal of such regulations that the panel considers necessary to 

          -- establish and administer appropriate buyer and seller relationship in the procurement system,

          -- improve the functioning of the acquisition system,

          -- ensure the continuing financial and ethical integrity of defense procurement programs,

          -- protect the best interests of the Department of Defense, and

          -- eliminate any regulations that are unnecessary for the above purposes.

To date, the 18 panel commissioners have organized into working groups focused on key challenges facing decision‐makers in Congress and DoD with respect to the defense acquisition system. Commissioners and panel professional staff are looking at all aspects of that system to enhance DoD’s agility to acquire what it needs to meet threats posed by a more fluid geopolitical environment, promote cost savings without shortchanging readiness, and simplify an antiquated system wedded to practices that challenge the workforce and push away marketplace innovators.

Commissioners and panel staff have already met with more than 200 government and industry representatives to discuss new approaches to defense acquisition. Outreach includes not just meeting with acquisition leaders, practitioners, and marketplace representatives, but also communication with the larger interested public through an active web presence and direct in‐person interaction.

Although the Section 809 Panel is just beginning its work, the focus of our efforts is to put mission first and recognize the importance of timeliness in the face of a rapidly evolving threat. 

The Section 809 commissioners and professional staff look forward to hearing from you as we move toward developing comprehensive reform proposals with actionable recommendations for statutory and regulatory changes.

 

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Its amazing how everyone is still trying to fix this mess from the top down....

Top down change never works! If you want to change the system you have to change it from the bottom up!

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1 hour ago, Jakemx56 said:

Its amazing how everyone is still trying to fix this mess from the top down....

Top down change never works! If you want to change the system you have to change it from the bottom up!

Jakemx56, what alternative methods would you use? It appears here that those who would try to implement change are seeking bottom up solutions and recommendations. We at the bottom end can't change the statutes or regulatory rules.

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The easiest and most politically feasible option is to raise thresholds. Raise all the thresholds! Congress can be lazy by simply "tweaking" or amending existing statutes, instead of forcing someone to actually think and perform work by entirely revising or creating new statutes.

This does not solve the underlying problem (stupid, burdensome, costly statutes and regulations) but it "cheats" by simply exempting more contracts, contractors, and contracting officers from dealing with them. Raise the thresholds much, much higher so that the "worst offender" regulations apply to a smaller number, i.e.:

As Vern Edwards has suggested, raise the TINA threshold to the moon-- $50 million or higher-- $750K is absurd

Raise the SAT and commercial FAR 13.5 thresholds (allowing more simplified acquisitions)

Raise the subcontracting plan thresholds (avoiding the nonsense involved with subcontracting plan approval, compliance, distorted supply chains)

This is a lazy and cynical way of doing things, but seriously, find a threshold and suggest raising it by a very high amount. 

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FYI, I've now submitted 10 recommendations to the Panel (all related to CAS stuff).

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