The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report providing an overview of acquisition-related provisions found in National Defense Acquisition Acts in the last three fiscal years, FY16-18.
NDAAs during the three year period contained 247 references specifically related to federal acquisition. This compares to 466 acquisition references in the NDAAs for the preceding 10 fiscal years.
The CRS reports that the specific topics that are a focus of the legislation are:
- Major Defense Acquisition Programs,
- the acquisition workforce,
- commercial items,
- Other Transaction Authority, and
- contract types.
The report also discusses one of the more controversial and extensive legislative changes made in recent years affecting acquisition: the breakup of the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L), as well as the shift of authority from that office to the military departments.
Read the report at https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R45068.pdf