Pentagon gets new BMMP boss

Defense Department officials reorganized the maligned Business Management Modernization Program (BMMP) late last month by putting it under control of DOD's top acquisition official.

A March 28 memo from Pentagon officials states that Michael Wynne, the acting undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, now leads the management modernization program. Tina Jonas, undersecretary of defense, comptroller and chief financial officer, previously managed the multiyear, multibillion-dollar program aimed at improving DOD's core management systems, including those that handle financial, travel and inventory management.

The reorganization shows military officials have a new emphasis on administering BMMP as an initiative to support warfighters in combat instead of one to achieve clean financial audits, said Elizabeth McGrath, deputy director of the modernization program. She spoke April 6 during a luncheon briefing of the Washington, D.C., chapter of AFCEA International.

The reorganization culminated a busy month for BMMP. DOD officials sent a report to the Senate Armed Services Committee March 15 highlighting the achievements of the program and conveying the goals for it this year.

BMMP officials will complete a program transition plan this spring and a new architecture this fall. They also want to create a program executive office, McGrath said.

During a hearing in July, lawmakers discussed ways to fix BMMP, suggesting that DOD officials take tough actions such as demoting employees or freezing pay raises as part of an effort to get the three-year program on track. A Government Accountability Office report, issued in conjunction with the hearing, criticized DOD officials’ wasteful spending and poor oversight of their business systems.

BMMP officials expect GAO to issue another report soon, McGrath said. "I'm hopeful for a neutral report someday," she said.

Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.