The Defense Department could be the next big player in commercial, online marketplace commerce if the new acquisition reforms proposed by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) make it into law.
Thornberry released his third annual acquisition reform bill to the public today. This year he takes aim at DoD’s ability to buy commercial products, contract audits and services acquisition with an 80-page bill that will eventually be folded into the 2018 defense authorization bill.
The bill tries to encourage DoD to buy commercial off the shelf products through e-commerce marketplaces. Think something like Amazon, where the marketplace aggregates products from multiple vendors.
DoD already uses a system like that called DoD EMALL, but that is an area where vendors only sell to the government.