Defense pilot compiles acquisition data

The Defense Department has kicked off a pilot system to understand 'what we're buying and where we're buying,' says DOD acquisition official Mark Krzysko.

The system pulls data from disparate databases so DOD's buying teams can analyze it, the deputy director of Defense procurement and acquisition policy said yesterday at FOSE 2004 in Washington.

Led by Krzysko's office, the nine-to-12-month pilot will let DOD create an infrastructure that makes spending analyses visible and accessible to Defense organizations.

Users will be able to identify procurement trends, report buying patterns and identify strategic sourcing opportunities for cost savings and quality improvements, Krzysko said.

A negative report last year from the General Accounting Office was one catalyst for the project, he said. GAO concluded DOD needed better mechanisms to improve the way it managed the $100 billion it spends on services contracts.

The audit report found Defense procurement processes were 'inefficient and ineffective' and noted that 'the dollars are not always spent well.'

GAO further found that DOD's process for tracking buys is 'decentralized, insufficiently rigorous and unreliable.'

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