Highlights From DOD Acquisition Panel's 1st Report

By Stuart Turner, Dana Koffman and Nathaniel Castellano (February 2, 2018, 4:10 PM EST) -- In 2016, Congress instructed the U.S. Department of Defense to convene a panel of procurement professionals from government and industry to review the regulations governing DOD procurements. The "Section 809 panel" was instructed to recommend "amendment or repeal" of defense procurement regulations "with a view toward streamlining and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the defense acquisition process and maintaining defense technology advantage."[1]

On Jan. 31, 2018, the 809 panel issued the first volume of its much-anticipated final report, setting forth 73 discrete recommendations to Congress for procurement reform.[2] Volume two of the report is due in June of 2018, and volume...

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