Defense continues effort to reform its acquisition work force

The Defense Department has awarded a follow-on contract to Jefferson Consulting Group LLC to streamline its acquisition work force by developing an efficient method for identifying and categorizing the more than 132,500 employees that do contracting at DOD.

Under the four-year, $1.2 million contract awarded last month, the Washington company will continue work developing ways to train and manage the Defense acquisition work force, said Allan V. Burman, president of Jefferson solutions, the company's government division.

Today, a number of different employees work on acquisitions, including engineers, contract managers and logisticians.

'We have created a model for identifying those serving in this work force that Defense has now adopted as a key management tool,' said Burman, who worked for previous administrations overseeing federal procurement policies.

Jefferson worked with directors in the department's Acquisition, Education, Training and Career Development Office to refine the Packard Model. The model combines occupational and organizational data to break employees' job details down by career fields, Burman said.

'By using this approach, the department [will know] the skill sets they need over a period of time,' he said.

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