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New GAO Report on DOD Software Acquisition Reform

New GAO Report on DOD Software Acquisition Reform

New GAO Report on DOD Software Acquisition Reform
Bill Kobren

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week issued a new report of interest to the defense acquisition community entitled “GAO-21-105298 DOD Software Acquisition: Status of and Challenges Related to Reform Efforts”.

According to the GAO, “...over the past few years, the Department of Defense has been updating how it develops and acquires software for its weapon and business IT systems. It established a software acquisition pathway emphasizing rapid delivery and user engagement, for example, through Agile software development. Some DOD programs, such as the F-35, have started acquiring software via the new pathway. But DOD has yet to collect the data and develop tools it needs to oversee programs using the pathway. (The GAO) recommended, among other things, that DOD automate data collection efforts for the new pathway to allow stakeholders to monitor and assess acquisition performance.”