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Charles Brandon: Army’s CPI Office Leverages Data, Analytics to Speed Up Acquisition

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Dr. Charles “Chuck” Brandon, director for continuous process improvement at the U.S. Army’s office of business transformation, said the use of data and analytics and adoption of a collaborative approach helped reduce the service’s procurement acquisition lead time and address the backlog of approximately 14K cases at the Army Review Boards Agency, Federal News Network reported Friday.

To help the Army reduce the time it takes to procure new weapons systems, the CPI office identified unnecessary steps in the process and came up with a strategy to find opportunities for improvements by adopting a data-driven approach combined with contracting expertise.

Brandon said the move resulted in a 40 percent reduction in the PALT cycle time. “The key change has been the cooperative environment,” he added.

To eliminate the backlog at ARBA, Brandon said CPI recommended structural and workforce changes and implemented a production environment to accelerate the process of adjudicating medical advisory cases. “That backlog is now gone and it hasn’t come back,” he noted.