More oversight on the menu


Wondering how the next Congress is going to approach acquisition issues?

Answer: More oversight.

That’s what Cathy Garman, a professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee, said today at a panel discussion hosted by Venable, a Washington, D.C. law firm. The discussion centered on the acquisition management priorities of the next Congress and the next administration.

Garman noted that Congress approved several changes to procurement regulations and procedures through the Defense authorization bills in recent years. The 111th Congress is going to make sure those changes have been enacted.

Among the congressionally mandated changes topping the oversight list:

  • how the government has used funds set aside for acquisition work force recruitment and development
  • the status of the government’s efforts to insource federal work currently performed by contractors
  • where the government stands on taking inventory of the number of contractor employees doing government work

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