DOD Recognizes Acquisition Reformers

Key players in the Defense Department’s commitment to reform its acquisition practices got the spotlight at the Pentagon today at the Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards ceremony.

Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, and Army Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, director of force structure, resources and assessment, J-8, on the Joint Staff presented the awards.

Before the ceremony, Aissa Tovar, special assistant to Lord for human capital initiatives, spoke about DOD acquisition reform and provided three examples of individuals who epitomize it.

Flexibility in Contracting

One recent acquisition reform, “flexibility in contracting,” is particularly notable, Tovar said.

Program management and contracting personnel can demonstrate “innovation and local adaptation” by using the flexibilities and authorities granted by the Federal Acquisition Regulation, she said.

David Rohlinger, a past acquisition awardee, led his Air Force team to reduce acquisition cycle times for competitive task/delivery orders. Because the FAR and its supplements do not contain more specific guidance or information on how contracting officers can use their “broad discretion,” many teams spend valuable time, money and resources using formal FAR 15.3 source selection procedures because of the…

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