House Passes Legislation To Reform Defense Acquisition Process

Press Release

Date: April 30, 2010
Location: Washington, DC

On Wednesday, the House overwhelming passed legislation to reform the organization and processes used by the Department of Defense (DoD) to manage service contracts and information technology, which account for approximately 80 percent of the Pentagon's procurement spending. This legislation is a result of a year-long comprehensive review of the defense acquisition system by the House Armed Services Committee. Last year, Congress passed and the President signed into law legislation to reform the major weapons acquisition process, which accounts for the other 20 percent of DoD's procurement spending. Among its provisions, the bill passed this week requires annual performance assessments be conducted for each element of the defense acquisition system and use these results to better manage the workforce. In addition, the bill creates a consistent process for each military department to review and establish acquisition requirements. Because this legislation will maximize the use of taxpayer dollars within DoD, Congressman Miller was proud to support this legislation.