The Defense Contract Management Agency plans to form a team that will oversee pricing decisions on commercial items for military procurement in a push to foster consistency across the Pentagon, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.
Jared Serbu writes that DCMA will hire 50 workers in commercial pricing to serve as a central resource and provide advisory services to individual contracting offices.
“[The] goal for standing up this capability is to help facilitate a consistent thought process about what commercial pricing really is, where it fits, and how we handle the one-offs like commercial-of-a-type,” DCMA Director Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello told an AFCEA-sponsored event last week.
“With the decentralized process we have now for commercial item determinations, one contracting officer might make a decision for an item, and a different contracting officer might make a different determination,” she said.
The report said designations of an item as commercial aim to help expedite the procurement process.
Masiello said this commercial pricing function is part of DCMA’s projects under the Defense Department‘s Better Buying Power program alongside efforts to strengthen the supplier management program.
The supplier management program will focus on both prime contractors and subcontractors to ensure that the program meets the price and schedule specifications, Serbu reports.
He adds that DoD will implement a Superior Supplier program to support this effort.