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Release No: 319-96
May 31, 1996


Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Paul G. Kaminski led defense acquisition personnel today in a world-wide observance of a DoD Acquisition Reform Day. Unlike many other recent stand-downs, Kaminski explained that this was a good news storyoperations suspended to consolidate gains and take better advantage of opportunities made possible by newly implemented reforms.

In a local Pentagon courtyard ceremony, Kaminski set the theme for the day by observing, This is not the end of our work in acquisition reform, or even the beginning of the end. I do think, though, that today marks the end of the beginning. He cited the significant progress made to change the way the Department procures systems and services, including new reform legislation enacted by the Congress: the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1996; new DoD acquisition regulationsDoD Directive 5000.1 and DoD Regulation 5000.2-R; and key policy initiatives on the use of military specifications or standards and the Single Process Initiative.

Kaminski said he chose to hold this day now because many reforms are in place and evidence of success is beginning to mount on thousands of small purchases and major programs like the Joint Direct Attack Munition, the C-17 airlifter and SMART-T satellite terminals. Over the course of the day, commanders and supervisors sat down with their acquisition workers to discuss policy changes; share best practices; and obtain feedback on what is working, not working, or needs improvement.

The purpose of the day was to accelerate efforts to implement reforms with more consistency across the Department's broad and diverse defense acquisition establishment. Kaminski explained that the Department of Defense still has a long way to go when it comes to uniform implementation of acquisition reforms. Kaminski, his Principal Deputy Noel Longuemare, and Deputy Under Secretary for Acquisition Reform Colleen Preston attended some of the Acquisition Reform Day activities within the Washington, D.C., area, participating in the discussions and obtaining direct feedback from the workforce. Dr. Kaminski's schedule

included visits to meetings hosted by Lieutenant General O'Neill at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, and by each of the three Service acquisition executivesMr. Gil Decker (Army), Mr. John Douglass (Navy) and Mr. Art Money (Air Force).

Effective, consistent implementation of a broad acquisition reform program is vitally important to the Department and a top priority for me and Secretary of Defense William Perry. Acquisition reform savings are needed for pressing defense modernization priorities and for providing the nation's warfighters what they need, when they need it, at an affordable cost, Kaminski said.


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