DOD offers procurement advice

DOD offers procurement advice

A top Defense Department acquisition official unveiled an electronic guidebook expected to pave the way to best acquisition practices.

Michael Wynne, acting undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, approved the provisional release of the Defense Acquisition Guidebook. The document is designed to serve as a companion to the revised acquisition guidelines, DoD Directive 5000.1 and DoD Instruction 5000.2, released in May 2003.

The guidelines instruct acquisition program managers to consider five factors in buying products: flexibility, responsiveness, innovation, discipline, and streamlined and effective management.

The interactive, Web-based guidebook is designed to provide acquisition officials and vendors with an online reference to best business practices as well as supporting policy and statutes, according to a DOD news release.

'While the policy documents released last year explain what acquisition managers are required to do, the guidebook complements those documents by proposing how,' the release states.

In July, the Government Accountability Office found that the Defense Department had a shortage of best practices and controls in business systems acquisition. GAO said the revised DOD acquisition policies lacked sufficient controls and that military policies and guidance were inconsistent with industry best practices.

Procurement workers can also use the guidebook to gain access to the Defense Acquisition University's Acquisition Knowledge Sharing System.

The Defense Acquisition Guidebook is available at akss.dau.mil/DAG.

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