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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 084-95
February 22, 1995

DOD RELEASES PROCESS ACTION TEAM REPORT ON PROCUREMENT PROCESS REFORM

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 process.

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 added activities.

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.