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Release No: 544-98
October 21, 1998


The Department of Defense will host another acquisition reform satellite training broadcast "LOOKING AT ACQUISITON REFORM: WORKFORCE AND INITIATIVES" on Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998. The broadcast features an interview with Jacques Gansler, under secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology. Gansler will talk about the "urgency" to continue the reform initiatives the Department has undertaken during the last three years. He also will discuss a number of challenges such as the acquisition workforce of the future; how does the department provide training and education to the acquisition workforce; steps needed to achieve true civil military integration; and how best to leverage commercial business practices. Stan Soloway, the deputy under secretary of Defense for Acquisition Reform will host the broadcast and conduct the interviews.

"The purpose of this broadcast is two-fold," said Soloway. "We want to let everyone know where we now are, where we're going in Acquisition Reform, and how these efforts will affect the acquisition workforce," he said.

The broadcast will provide a status update on many acquisition reform initiatives and will provide a future prospective on several others. A panel of senior government and industry leaders will take questions from viewers. The panel will discuss topics such as outsourcing and privatization, performance based contracting, education and training of the acquisition workforce and other related acquisition workforce issues.

James McMichael, DoD's director of Acquisition Education, Training & Career Development, said, "not only are we doing things differently, we really are doing different things."

This broadcast is of vital importance to anyone involved in the acquisition process-from program management to logistics, from contracting to engineering-and will provide a definitive account of the acquisition revolution and the impact this revolution has on the acquisition workforce. For more information on how to access this broadcast by satellite or streaming video on the computer, visit the Acquisition Reform Communications Center Internet site: www.acq.osd.mil/dau/arcc (and click on the "broadcast" button), or telephone 1-888-747-ARCC, e-mail darcc@acq.osd.mil.

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