Davis services bill moves on to House vote

Rep. Tom Davis has come a step closer to changing the way the government buys services and trains acquisition workers.

The Virginia Republican earlier this month pushed his Services Acquisition Reform Act, in the form of a substitute amendment, through the Government Reform Committee'a feat he failed to achieve last session.

Now the bill, HR 1837, will go to the full House for a vote.

'Each year our government spends over $200 billion buying goods and services,' Davis said. 'More than half of that, over $135 billion, is now spent on services, making services the government's single largest spending category. There are serious questions as to whether we're spending that money wisely.' SARA will target several inefficiencies in buying services, Davis said.

The bill includes provisions to ease the contracting and training burden on agencies. It would create a chief acquisition officer, a supporting council and a centralized procurement work force training fund. Also, it would seek to increase use of contract incentives and make contracting more commercial in nature.

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