The Defense Department (DoD) could improve its acquisition process by relying more on cost-reimbursement contracts for systems developments, among other things, a Dec. 17, 2013 Center for the Business of Government paper says.
The report, is authored by former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Jacques Gansler and University of Maryland professor William Lucyshyn.
“The DoD has made numerous attempts to reform its acquisition system over the last 50 years,” the authors say. “These initiatives, combined with many in Congress, have produced only modest improvements.”
The DoD periodically embraces fixed-price development contracts in an effort to control cost growth and shift more of the responsibility and risk to the contractor, the paper says.