As the government’s largest buyer, the Defense Department is building up expertise in its acquisition workforce, with perhaps with greater success than some other agencies in this era of contract austerity, the exception likely coming at the most senior executive level.
So said Shay Assad, director of defense pricing, defense procurement and acquisition policy, on Wednesday (Apr. 17, 2013) speaking before an Arlington, Va., audience of contractors in the Coalition for Government Procurement. His own section of the Pentagon, despite the pay freeze and likely furloughs, he said, “has done remarkably well” in retaining talent, with employees who’ve moved on “only in the single digits, mostly because either they decided we weren’t right for them or they weren’t right for us.”
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