John McCain: SASC’s DoD Spending Bill Tackles Military HR, Procurement Reforms

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John McCain
Sen. John McCain
Sen. John McCain

A Senate Armed Services Committee aide has said the panel’s fiscal 2016 defense policy blueprint could reach a floor vote in June, The Hill newspaper reported Monday.

Martin Matishak writes SASC passed its $612 billion National Defense Authorization Act last week.

Charles Clark of GovExec reported that Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the NDAA includes measures to overhaul procurement, workforce and headquarters management strategies at the Defense Department.

“This legislation delivers sweeping defense reforms that rise to the challenges of a more dangerous world,” McCain told the publication.

SASC proposed initiatives to increase the department’s access to non-conventional contractors and to accelerate prototyping and field testing of technologies.

The committee also called on DoD to reduce certification and reporting requirements for defense acquisition efforts as well as establish a direct-hire program to recruit people with science, technology, engineering and math skills.

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