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Seems like the Section 809 Panel is running out of steam. Volume 2 seems significantly less interesting than Volume 1. Most of Volume 2 looks like tinkering instead of the sweeping changes that the Section 809 Panel teased. 

 

Section 2, Acquisition Workforce

Tighten up and expand Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF) spending. Expand Direct Hiring Authority (DHA). Make ACQ-DEMO permanent. Yawn. 

 

Section 3, Simplified Commercial Source Selection

Tinker with the definitions, tinker with the statutes and regulations. Yawn. Also note the use of the term "source selection" with "simplified" and "commercial." Really gets the ol' noggin joggin'...

 

Section 5, Services Contracting, Recommendation 31: eliminate the distinction between "personal services contracts" and other service contracts

This seems helpful, and preferable to the Kabuki theater of the current system. Avoid the employer-employee relationship that the term and concept of "contractor" is meant to avoid, and watch out for contractors performing inherently government functions, but dump the confusing statutes and regulations about personal services contracts. 

 

Section 8, Operationalizing the Dynamic Marketplace 

When reading this title, PepeTheFrog sees a six-figure consultant who just graduated from a state school and wears a Bluetooth headset everywhere. "Operationalizing the Dynamic Marketplace?" Did they mistakenly leave out the word "disrupt" in the final edit? 

 

 

 

 

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To me, the CAS stuff is fascinating. I hope somebody is reading it closely.

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Re: Section 4 (CAS). I counted ~ 20 recommendations and all of them would be great steps forward. However, there is nothing in there about significant rule-making efforts. E.g., concurrent changes to cost accounting practice and the definition of "increased costs in the aggregate." So ... baby steps in the right direction.

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