The Defense Department’s acquisition workforce has recovered from the hacksaw cuts of the 1990s.
But that’s just in numbers, not in overall quality.
That is why DoD added the professionalism of the acquisition workforce as one of the seven focus areas under the Better Buying Power initiative version 2.
“Frankly, I think there is no more important legacy that any of us as managers can have than to leave behind a stronger workforce than the one we inherited. That is what this is all about,” said Frank Kendall, the under secretary of defense for acquisition technology and logistics, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 during a press conference at the Pentagon. “We have a lot of very capable people in the workforce. We have a lot of very professional people, but we could be better and we could have a deeper bench.”
Since 2001, DoD increased the number of acquisition workers by more than 30,000, to 151,000 from 129,000. In the last three years alone, DoD added more than 26,000 new acquisition workers — a 20 percent increase — according to DoD’s acquisition workforce website.
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