The Department of Defense (DoD) is looking at a greater realignment of the roles held by the undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, or AT&L, than is required by Congress, and the agency hopes to craft a chief management officer position to handle department-wide business processes, according to a memo obtained by Defense News.
The two-page memo, written by Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and sent to the heads of the House and Senate Armed Services committees and those that cover defense appropriations on March 1, lays out the basics of an interim report now sitting with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act instructed the Pentagon to devolve AT&L into two separate offices, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, or A&S, and a new undersecretary for research and engineering, or R&E, essentially a chief technology officer. Those changes are supposed to be in place by Feb. 1, 2018.
In addition, the NDAA asks for an understanding of how a chief management officer, or CMO, position could be created.
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