Accession Number : ADP008600

Title :   Streamlining Defense Acquisition Laws. Chapter 8. Commercial Items.

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA

Report Date : JAN 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : The Panel proposes a comprehensive new approach to address the acquisition of commercial items both as end items and as components in defense-unique products. In so doing, the Panel has drawn on legislative initiatives over the past decade (as well as on DFARS Part 211) and has attempted to incorporate the language and concepts of those laws. Existing law has not, however, been successful in achieving the benefits of commercial-military integration and has not resulted in broad use of commercial items in DOD systems. The reason for this are complex. While opposition to commercial items within the defense procurement community has been cited as a factor, recent congressional and Government studies, expert commentary, and testimony before the Panel identified procurement statutes (and implementing regulations) themselves as a major barrier to greater use of commercial items. Unlike other chapters in this Report, this chapter does not address specific, pre-existing law, but sets out an analysis cutting across much of the work discussed in detail in other chapters. Because of its unique subject matter, this chapter first discusses the history of attempts to improve defense use of commercial items and then the rationale for each section of proposed legislation, some of which is also discussed in other chapters.

Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION, *CONTRACTS, COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FEDERAL LAW.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE