Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce: Background, Analysis, and Questions for Congress [July 29, 2016]   [open pdf - 933KB]

"Congress and the executive branch have long been frustrated with waste, mismanagement, and fraud in defense acquisitions and have spent significant resources seeking to reform and improve the process. Efforts to address wasteful spending, cost overruns, schedule slips, and performance shortfalls have continued unabated, with more than 150 major studies on acquisition reform since the end of World War II. Many of the most influential of these reports have articulated improving the acquisition workforce as the key to acquisition reform. In recent years, Congress and the Department of Defense (DOD) have sought to increase the size and improve the capability of this workforce. The acquisition workforce is generally defined as uniformed and civilian government personnel, who are responsible for identifying, developing, buying, and managing goods and services to support the military. […] This report provides background on the Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition workforce. Specifically, the report addresses the following questions: (1)What is the acquisition workforce?; (2) What is the current size of the acquisition workforce?; (3) How has Congress sought to improve the acquisition workforce in the past?; and (4) What are some potential questions for Congress to explore in the area of acquisition workforce management to improve acquisitions?"

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CRS Report for Congress, R44578
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