Frank Kendall: Pentagon Acquisition Policy Refresh Seeks to Simplify Policies

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Frank Kendall

frank kendallFrank Kendall, undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the Defense Department, has moved to streamline the agency’s acquisition policy by updating it with more “Better Buying Power” principles, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Michael O’Connell writes the latest version of the “DoD Instruction 5000.02” document provides a prescribed process per product type, such as hardware versus software, or project urgency.

“The idea is to make it clear to people that they should start with careful thought about the job that has to be done and then lay out the program consistent with that job and the nature of the product, which is a bit of a deviation from past versions that had one model that people tried to force their programs into basically,” Kendall told Federal News Radio.

The changes are intended to further ingrain aspects of the department’s BBP initiative to “do more without more” into the procurement process.

These aspects include cost control, affordability analysis and a more open collaboration between the requirer and acquirer, according to the station.

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