Accession Number : ADP008593

Title :   Streamlining Defense Acquisition Laws. Chapter 1. Contract Foundation.

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA

Report Date : JAN 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 308

Abstract : This chapter sets forth the Panel's analyses and recommendations on procurement policy and on the implementation of the most fundamental of these policies--full and open competition. The laws which are addressed here apply primarily to matters arising before award of a DOD contract. Congress directed the Panel to determine if the DOD acquisition process could be streamlined by changing or eliminating acquisition laws. The Panel was asked to recommend the repeal or amendment of laws which are 'unnecessary for the establishment and administration of the buyer and seller relationships in procurement,' while at the same time ensuring the continuing financial and ethical integrity of defense procurement programs. The Panel was also to consider the best interests of DOD. The Panel examined 80 contract formation laws and found, with few exceptions, that these laws were necessary for the establishment of the buyer-seller relationship. Accordingly, the Panel has recommended the retention of the vast majority of these laws, including those laws which implement the full and open competition mandates of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (CICA). At the same time, the Panel has recommended numerous amendments which it believes will improve and strengthen these laws.

Descriptors :   *CONTRACTS, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, ACQUISITION, FEDERAL LAW.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE