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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. 877. DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM REVIEW.

    (a) Curriculum Review- Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics shall lead a review of the curriculum offered by the Defense Acquisition University to ensure it adequately supports the training and education requirements of acquisition professionals, particularly in service contracting, long term sustainment strategies, information technology, and rapid acquisition. The review shall also involve the service acquisition executives of each military department.

    (b) Analysis of Funding Requirements for Training- Following the review conducted under subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall analyze the most recent future-years defense program to determine the amounts of estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations necessary to support the training requirements of the amendments made by section 874, including any new training requirements determined after the review conducted under subsection (a). The Secretary shall identify any additional funding needed for such training requirements in the separate chapter on the defense acquisition workforce required in the next annual strategic workforce plan under 115b of title 10, United States Code.

    (c) Requirement for Ongoing Curriculum Development With Certain Schools-

      (1) REQUIREMENT- Section 1746 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    `(c) Curriculum Development- The President of the Defense Acquisition University shall work with the relevant professional schools and degree-granting institutions of the Department of Defense and military departments to ensure that best practices are used in curriculum development to support acquisition workforce positions.'.

      (2) AMENDMENT TO SECTION HEADING- (A) The heading of section 1746 of such title is amended to read as follows:

`Sec. 1746. Defense Acquisition University'.

      (B) The item relating to section 1746 in the table of sections at the beginning of subchapter IV of chapter 87 of such title is amended to read as follows:

      `1746. Defense Acquisition University.'.


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

SEC. 208. DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM REVIEW.

    (a) Curriculum Review- Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics shall lead a review of the curriculum offered by the Defense Acquisition University to ensure it adequately supports the training and education requirements of acquisition professionals, particularly in service contracting, long term sustainment strategies, information technology, and rapid acquisition. The review shall also involve the service acquisition executives of each military department.

    (b) Analysis of Funding Requirements for Training- Following the review conducted under subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall analyze the most recent future-years defense program to determine the amounts of estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations necessary to support the training requirements of the amendments made by section 205 of this Act, including any new training requirements determined after the review conducted under subsection (a). The Secretary shall identify any additional funding needed for such training requirements in the separate chapter on the defense acquisition workforce required in the next annual strategic workforce plan under 115b of title 10, United States Code.

    (c) Requirement for Ongoing Curriculum Development With Certain Schools-

      (1) REQUIREMENT- Section 1746 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    `(c) Curriculum Development- The President of the Defense Acquisition University shall work with the relevant professional schools and degree-granting institutions of the Department of Defense and military departments to ensure that best practices are used in curriculum development to support acquisition workforce positions.'.

      (2) AMENDMENT TO SECTION HEADING- (A) The heading of section 1746 of such title is amended to read as follows:

`Sec. 1746. Defense Acquisition University'.

      (B) The item relating to section 1746 in the table of sections at the beginning of subchapter IV of chapter 87 of such title is amended to read as follows:

      `1746. Defense Acquisition University.'.


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

SEC. 208. DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM REVIEW.

    (a) Curriculum Review- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics shall lead a review of the curriculum offered by the Defense Acquisition University to ensure it adequately supports the training and education requirements of acquisition professionals, particularly in service contracting, long term sustainment strategies, information technology, and rapid acquisition. The review shall also involve the service acquisition executives of each military department.

    (b) Analysis of Funding Requirements for Training- Following the review conducted under subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall analyze the most recent future-years defense program to determine the amounts of estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations necessary to support the training requirements of the amendments made by section 205 of this Act, including any new training requirements determined after the review conducted under subsection (a). The Secretary shall identify any additional funding needed for such training requirements in the separate chapter on the defense acquisition workforce required in the next annual strategic workforce plan under 115b of title 10, United States Code.

    (c) Requirement for Ongoing Curriculum Development With Certain Schools-

      (1) REQUIREMENT- Section 1746 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    `(c) Curriculum Development- The President of the Defense Acquisition University shall work with the relevant professional schools and degree-granting institutions of the Department of Defense and military departments to ensure that best practices are used in curriculum development to support acquisition workforce positions.'.

      (2) AMENDMENT TO SECTION HEADING- (A) The heading of section 1746 of such title is amended to read as follows:

`Sec. 1746. Defense Acquisition University'.

      (B) The item relating to section 1746 in the table of sections at the beginning of subchapter IV of chapter 87 of such title is amended to read as follows:

      `1746. Defense Acquisition University.'.

Defense Acquisition University curriculum review (sec. 877)

The House bill contained a provision (sec. 208 of division D) that would require the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics to review and validate the curriculum of the Defense Acquisition University.

The Senate committee-reported bill contained no similar provision.

The agreement includes the provision.


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 208--DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM REVIEW

This section would require the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics to conduct a review of the curriculum offered by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), not later than one year following the date of enactment of this Act, to ensure its support for the training and education of members of the acquisition workforce. The review would include a focus on education and training courses developed in services contracting, long-term sustainment strategies, information technology and rapid acquisition. This section also would require the Secretary of Defense, following the review of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, to determine the adequacy of funding for training and education and identify any additional funding needed in the next annual strategic workforce plan required by section 115(b) of title 10, United States Code.

This section also would amend 1746 of title 10, United States Code, to require the DAU president to coordinate with the relevant professional schools and degree granting institutions within the Department of the Defense and the military departments on best practices for curriculum development. This section is intended to improve the interaction between the various educational entities within the Department related to training and education of the acquisition workforce.

 

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