DoD acquisition leaders are making the rounds in and outside Washington, explaining the latest iteration of their blueprint for improvement: Better Buying Power. As they do, they’re telling members of industry that they’re sensitive to their concerns about a growing oversight bureaucracy.
One of the tenets of Better Buying Power 2.0, the version leaders are rolling out right now, is a carryover from the original version: reducing nonproductive processes and bureaucracy in the acquisition process. Officials said many of those non-value-added processes are in the area of contract oversight.
“I share industry’s concerns about an excessive oversight culture,” said Ashton Carter, the deputy secretary of Defense. “I’ve long been concerned that the number of watchers in the department is approaching the number of doers. We may in fact be reaching that threshold, especially with respect to things like audits. We’re trying to work internally and work with industry to address these issues.”
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