Ellen Lord Cites DoD Acquisition Reform Goals for 2019

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Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, has said one of her goals for calendar year 2019 is to revise the DoD Instruction 5000.02 policy, Defense News reported Thursday.

“In 2019, one of my key objectives is to rewrite 5000.02,” she told reporters on Dec. 17.

 “We are going to invert that approach and take a clean sheet of paper and write the absolute bare minimum to be compliant in 5000.02, and encourage program managers and contracting officers to add to that as they need for specific programs.”

Lord said she intends to come up with an intellectual property policy for implementation across the department and expects the Defense Innovation Board to release its report on software development by the end of March.

Other goals she mentioned include the move to open the Selected Acquisition Reports on some defense programs to the public again and advance the use of prototyping and other transaction authorities.

“Usually they should be used when you don’t have a clear requirement. So, true prototyping when you don’t know what you’re going to get,” Lord said of OTAs.

“Prototyping early on, probably before you get to the middle-tier acquisition," she added.

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