Defense tinkers with rules for major systems buys

The Defense Department has proposed 14 new rules for the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to streamline procurements.

The proposals deal with major systems acquisitions, including establishing a framework for a new DFARS companion resource and deleting or revising hundreds of pages of obsolete text. The Office of the Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy published the proposal last month. It is part of the DFARS transformation initiative to speed up the acquisition process.

The changes are designed to eliminate procurement rules and policies that bog down the process. They are also designed to reduce acquisition costs and administrative burdens and fine-tune the regulations.

'Our objective is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the acquisition process, creating an environment that allows the acquisition workforce greater flexibility in meeting customer mission needs,' said Lt. Col. Vincent J. Feck, acting operations director for Defense procurement and acquisition policy.

A few extras

Under the proposals, a companion resource would cover mandatory and voluntary internal DOD procedures, guidance and supplemental information.

The proposed rules would do four things:
  • Delete obsolete, duplicative DFARS text

  • Remove the Trade Agreements Act and Buy American Act from the list of laws that subcontractors of commercial items follow

  • Consolidate text on reporting violations of certain DFARS requirements

  • Delete text dealing with individual privacy and the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Over the past year, the task force has proposed changes that would slash more than 500 pages from the 1,400-page DFARS and would revise another 22 percent of the document.

    Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted by April 23.

    DOD also has issued a request for proposals for an integrated acquisition management system to improve program performance and the rule-making process.

    The Defense Acquisition Regulations System Office this month sought competitive offers from small businesses for the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement Transformation Integration System.

    DTIS will help the DARS office implement some of the provisions in the President's Management Agenda and other mandates.

    The system will replace paper-intensive business applications used to manage DOD's interaction with the Federal Acquisition Regulation system.

    DTIS will include functions for document management, collaboration and workflow management. DTIS will connect with the E-Rulemaking program, one of the 25 Quicksilver e-government initiatives overseen by the Office of Management and Budget.

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