House committee establishes acquisition panel

The House Armed Services Committee today established a panel to review the Defense Department’s procurement system. The full committee said the new panel will help write reforms in the next two defense authorization bills.

The Defense Acquisition Reform Panel will consider how to evaluate performance and value in the current acquisition system and the causes of its failures. It also will look at the administrative and cultural pressures that lead to poor acquisition results, the committee said.

The panel, created for six months, will release a report on its findings this fall, the committee said. The report will help guide reform language in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization act. The committee’s leaders expect information from the panel on reform legislation to consider for the fiscal 2010 defense authorization legislation.

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) is the panel’s chairman, and Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) is ranking member. The panel also includes Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.), Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.).

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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