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

Subtitle D Provisions Relating to Acquisition Workforce and Inherently Governmental Functions

DHNDAA Section

House  Report 110-652

SEC. 833. ACQUISITION WORKFORCE EXPEDITED HIRING AUTHORITY.

Section 1705 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

`(h) Expedited Hiring Authority-

`(1) For purposes of sections 3304, 5333, and 5753 of title 5, United States Code, the Secretary of Defense may--

`(A) designate any category of acquisition positions within the Department of Defense as shortage category positions; and

`(B) utilize the authorities in such sections to recruit and appoint highly qualified persons directly to positions so designated.

`(2) The Secretary may not appoint a person to a position of employment under this subsection after September 30, 2012.'.

SECTION 811--ACQUISITION WORKFORCE EXPEDITED HIRING AUTHORITY

This section would amend section 1705 of title 10, United States Code, to provide the Secretary of Defense with temporary expedited hiring authorities for acquisition positions. The section would allow the Secretary, in conformance with sections 3304, 5333, and 5753 of title 5, United States Code, to designate acquisition positions as shortage category positions and to recruit, appoint, and establish special pay criteria for qualified individuals in such positions. The authority would expire on September 30, 2012.

Senate Armed Services Report 110-335

Enhancement of authorities relating to additional positions under the National Security Personnel System (sec. 1103)

The committee recommends a provision that would clarify the authority of the Department of Defense (DOD) to utilize streamlined hiring practices under the National Security Personnel System.

Over the last 7 years, the workload of the Department has grown dramatically as a result of the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. During that time, the contractor workforce of the Department has more than doubled--from less than 750,000 in 2000 to more than 1.5 million in 2007--while the number of civilian employees of the Department has remained virtually unchanged at just under 700,000.

The committee concludes that the Department needs expedited hiring authority to bring the DOD civilian employee workforce back in line with the critical responsibilities for which it is responsible.

 

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