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HR 5013 IMPROVE Acquisition Act of 2010

HR 5013 IMPROVE Acquisition Act of 2010

Bill Kobren

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and Ranking Member Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.) recently joined the Committee's Defense Acquisition Reform Panel Chairman Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) and Ranking Member Mike Conaway (R-Texas) to announce the introduction of H.R. 5013 ‘Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every Acquisition Act of 2010” (or the “IMPROVE Acquisition Act of 2010” for short”). The IMPROVE Acquisition Act, bipartisan legislation which complements the 2009 Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (WSARA), is intended to improve defense acquisition focuses on four major areas including performance management of the defense acquisition system, the defense acquisition workforce, financial management, and the defense industrial base. Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) unanimously approved the measure.


The legislation is based on the recommendations outlined in the final March 23, 2010 report of the “House Armed Services Committee Panel on Defense Acquisition Reform Findings and Recommendations”, which according to the report’s executive summary, “begins with a description of the defense acquisition system as the Panel observed it during its review. The report then moves to a discussion of how a performance management approach for defense acquisition and for requirements could be structured to allow senior leaders to identify and correct problems in those systems and make them more responsive to warfighter needs. The report then focuses on how to ensure a highly motivated and highly skilled acquisition workforce for the Department. It describes the challenges for acquisition generated by the Department’s inability to manage it financial information, and it discusses ways to expand and protect the quality of the industrial base.”


Encourage you to take a few minutes to review both the final report of the Defense Acquisition Reform Panel and the language contained in the proposed IMPROVE Acquisition Act at the links above, as well as the provisions of and language contained in the earlier:


·         May 22, 2009 Public Law 111-23, “Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009”


·         December 4, 2009 “Implementation of the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (WSARA) of 2009 Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM) 09-027”, and


·         DAU overview briefing about the 2009 WSARA outlining specific provisions of the law