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Issues With Access to Acquisition Data and Information in the Department of Defense

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Technical Report

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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Acquisition data and information are the foundation for decision making, management, and oversight of weapon-system acquisition programs. They are critical to such initiatives as Better Buying Power and its efforts to improve defense acquisition. Previous RAND Corporation research has explored issues with access to acquisition data and information and the origins and implementation of controlled unclassified information labels and security policy Riposoet al., 2015 McKernan et al., 2016. The work reported here, conducted for the Acquisition Resources and Analysis Directorate in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, builds on the earlier research by reviewing 21 acquisition data systems, their origins and uses, and how acquisition data might be improved. This report summarizes background on acquisition data, reviews commercial practices in data management, and provides findings and recommendations related to acquisition data.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Administration and Management
  • Information Science

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