Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition & Technology Paul Kaminski announced
today the approval of 27 recommendations contained in a recently completed
acquisition reform Process Action Team (PAT) report on the DoD procurement
The PAT team's efforts were oriented toward internal procedures and designed to
complement rather than overlap with current statutory and regulatory reform.
The team's goals were to reduce the time it takes to accomplish tasks,
encourage risk management rather than risk avoidance, and eliminate non-value
The PAT reported through the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition
Reform, who directed the team's efforts in conjunction with a Board of
Directors composed of representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense
Logistics Agency, Defense Contract Audit Agency, and the Office of the
Director, Defense Procurement. Membership of the PAT was drawn from the
Military Departments and Defense Agencies, the Defense Acquisition University
and OSD staff elements.
The primary objective of the Procurement Process Reform PAT was to make
recommendations in the following areas: how to identify and disseminate best
procurement practices through DoD; how to improve the sole source procurement
process; and, how to streamline the competitive source selection process.
This team was lead by Robert Rumberger, Division Head, Aircraft Equipment
Contracts, Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters.
The Procurement Process Reform report was staffed through the Acquisition
Reform Senior Steering Group (ARSSG) and widely disseminated throughout DoD.
Over 450 comments were received and reviewed by the team. Final
recommendations were presented to Kaminski in January.
The 27 approved recommendations include two for implementation of a
"Procurement Wisdom System" (a method for sharing best practices); seven for
improving the sole source procurement process; and 18 for streamlining the
competitive source selection process. The report includes implementation plans
and milestones for each recommendation.
Implementation of the report will be managed by the Board of Directors in
coordination with the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for
Acquisition Reform. The Board will periodically update the ARSSG on
implementation status, and will meet with representatives of the PAT in
approximately six months. At that time, the Board will seek to obtain feedback
from the PAT representatives to ensure that the intent of the report is being
carried out in implementation.
A copy of the report is available to the media from the Directorate of Defense
Information, Pentagon, RM 2E765.