NSA acquisition reforms
- By George I. Seffers
- Jun 18, 2001
Other acquisition reform measures established at the National Security Agency since August 2000 include:
* Adopting the Defense Department's recently reformed acquisition process.
* Mandating that 80 percent of this year's acquisitions be presented for competition.
* Mandating a "buy vs. make" policy, meaning that whenever possible, the agency will purchase available technology rather than spending time and money building its own.
* Creating an acquisition research center — a secure off-site facility where contractors can learn the details of upcoming business opportunities.
* Building a secure wide-area network for transmitting information to contractors. A contract award for the network is expected in July.
* Improving training for acquisition personnel and ensuring that they are properly certified.
* Establishing a center of excellence for reviewing contractor proposals and performance.
* Connecting acquisition experts with all project managers throughout the agency.
* Mandating a 95 percent government credit card usage rate for micro-purchases.