Accession Number : ADA549312
Title : FAR 13.5 Acquisition Streamlining: Observations and Recommendations for the Defense Logistics Agency
Descriptive Note : Research rept.
Corporate Author : DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
Personal Author(s) : Shearer, Daniel
Report Date : Apr 2011
Pagination or Media Count : 45
Abstract : This study leveraged the published work of Cory E. Yoder, CDR, U.S. Navy, Ret., Getting the Most from Acquisition Reforms: FAR 13.5 Test Provision for Simplified Acquisition Procedures, Commercial-item Acquisition (December 2006) for the purposes of making observations and recommendations for the Defense Logistics Agency. This study evaluated the foundational intent of acquisition reform compared to the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA) performance in utilizing the streamlined procedures afforded under FAR 13.5 in current years, namely 2009 and 2010. Reading FAR 13.5 from a plain language perspective results in the understanding that FAR 13.5 allowed contracting officers to utilize simplified request for quote procedures and other simplified acquisition templates already in existence without the need for time-consuming tailoring. Basically, in its simplest form, this research methodology had to answer the question of whether exempting a portion of federal buys previously subject to complex practices, through the use of the streamlining initiative, could achieve substantial benefits for DLA -- and, if so, whether DLA took advantage of those opportunities. The following methodology was utilized to develop a clearer picture of DLA's performance: (1) Acquisition Policy Reviews to determine Policy and Practice at separate buying activities; (2) Expert Interviews to determine perceived positives and negatives of implementing FAR 13.5; and (3) Contracting Data Analyses of the Federal Procurement Data System and a comparison between Requests for Quotes and Requests for Proposal. Hypothesis: DLA underutilized the simplified procedures afforded under FAR 13.5, which resulted in longer procurement lead times than could have been achieved otherwise.
Descriptors : *CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION , *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *LOGISTICS , *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , *POLICIES , *REGULATIONS , *SIMPLIFICATION , DATA MANAGEMENT , EFFICIENCY , LEAD TIME , PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY) , UTILIZATION
Subject Categories : Administration and Management
Military Forces and Organizations
Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE