DOD to revamp buying rules

DFARS transformation memo

Defense Department officials plan to undertake a massive rewrite of buying rules, aiming to halve the time and expense associated with acquisitions.

By April 30, a DOD task force will propose options for simplifying the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), according to a Feb. 19 memo by Michael Wynne, principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. The officials also want to improve the process for modifying DFARS.

"The task force has 75 days to develop high-value regulatory and legislative proposals," Wynne wrote. "My mark is to reduce the regulatory burden by 40 [percent] to 60 percent and cut the regulation process in half."

In another notice published last week, department officials said they plans to buy software to track changes to the regulatory process. The DFARS Transformation Integrated System will be integrated with the Bush administration's e-Rulemaking initiative, according to the memo.

Ron Poussard, deputy director of the Defense Acquisition Regulation Directorate, leads the joint-service task force, which includes five teams looking at different aspects of DFARS.

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