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TITLE VIII--ACQUISITION POLICY, ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT, AND RELATED MATTERS

Subtitle F Improve Acquisition Act

P. L. 111-

Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committees on Armed Services of the U. S. Senate and House of Representatives on H. R. 6523

From H. R. 6523

SEC. 875. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION WORKFORCE.

    (a) Plan Required- The Secretary of Defense shall develop and carry out a plan to strengthen the part of the acquisition workforce that specializes in information technology. The plan shall include the following:

      (1) Defined targets for billets devoted to information technology acquisition.

      (2) Specific certification requirements for individuals in the acquisition workforce who specialize in information technology acquisition.

      (3) Defined career paths for individuals in the acquisition workforce who specialize in information technology acquisitions.

    (b) Definitions- In this section:

      (1) The term `information technology' has the meaning provided such term in section 11101 of title 40, United States Code, and includes information technology incorporated into a major weapon system.

      (2) The term `major weapon system' has the meaning provided such term in section 2379(f) of title 10, United States Code.

(c) Deadline- The Secretary of Defense shall develop the plan required under this section not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.


From H.R. 5136:  National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011

SEC. 206. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION WORKFORCE.

    (a) In General-

      (1) INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY- Subchapter II of chapter 87 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

`Sec. 1725. Information technology acquisition positions

    `(a) Plan Required- The Secretary of Defense shall develop and carry out a plan to strengthen the part of the acquisition workforce that specializes in information technology. The plan shall include the following:

      `(1) Defined targets for billets devoted to information technology acquisition.

      `(2) Specific certification requirements for individuals in the acquisition workforce who specialize in information technology acquisition.

      `(3) Defined career paths for individuals in the acquisition workforce who specialize in information technology acquisitions.

    `(b) Definitions- In this section:

      `(1) The term `information technology' has the meaning provided such term in section 11101 of title 40 and includes information technology incorporated into a major weapon system.

      `(2) The term `major weapon system' has the meaning provided such term in section 2379(f) of this title.'.

      (2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of such subchapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

      `1725. Information technology acquisition positions.'.

    (b) Deadline- The Secretary of Defense shall develop the plan required under section 1725 of title 10, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.


From H. R. 5013:  Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every Acquisition Act of 2010

SEC. 206. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION WORKFORCE.

    (a) In General-

      (1) INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY- Subchapter II of chapter 87 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

`Sec. 1725. Information technology acquisition positions

    `(a) Plan Required- The Secretary of Defense shall develop and carry out a plan to strengthen the part of the acquisition workforce that specializes in information technology. The plan shall include the following:

      `(1) Defined targets for billets devoted to information technology acquisition.

      `(2) Specific certification requirements for individuals in the acquisition workforce who specialize in information technology acquisition.

      `(3) Defined career paths for individuals in the acquisition workforce who specialize in information technology acquisitions.

    `(b) Definitions- In this section:

      `(1) The term `information technology' has the meaning provided such term in section 11101 of title 40 and includes information technology incorporated into a major weapon system.

      `(2) The term `major weapon system' has the meaning provided such term in section 2379(f) of this title.'.

      (2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of such subchapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

      `1725. Information technology acquisition positions.'.

    (b) Deadline- The Secretary of Defense shall develop the plan required under section 1725 of title 10, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

Information technology acquisition workforce (sec. 875)

The House bill contained a provision (sec. 206 of division D) that would require the Secretary of Defense to develop and carry out a plan to strengthen the part of the acquisition workforce that specializes in information technology.

The Senate committee-reported bill contained no similar provision.

The agreement includes the House provision with a clarifying amendment.  


From H. Rpt. 111-465, accompanying  H. R. 5013: Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every Acquisition Act of 2010

SECTION 206--INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION WORKFORCE

This section would amend title 10, United States Code, by inserting a new section 1725 that would require the Secretary of Defense to strengthen the part of the acquisition workforce that specializes in information technology (IT), including establishing defined targets for billets for IT acquisition, defined career paths in IT acquisition and specific certification requirements for IT acquisition. This section would require that such actions be taken within 180 days of enactment of this Act. These actions would implement the recommendations of the Panel on Defense Acquisition Reform for the Department to `develop a plan for how to strengthen the IT acquisition workforce, especially as it increases the size of the overall acquisition workforce in the coming years.' The committee urges the Secretary to ensure the plan for the IT workforce developed in accordance with this section is tied to key attributes of any new IT acquisition system, as required by section 804 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84), and is integrated into the Department's overall acquisition workforce strategic plan.

 

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