Acquisition Management: Implementation of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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In response to continuing concerns about the Department of Defenses DOD ability to effectively manage its acquisition programs, Congress enacted the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act on November 5, 1990. The act requires the Secretary of Defense to establish an acquisition work force with specific experience, education, and training qualifications. Specific provisions of the act require the Secretary of Defense to 1 establish a management structure and policies and regulations for implementing the acts provisions, 2 establish qualification requirements, 3 provide training and education to meet these requirements, and 4 enhance civilian opportunities to progress to senior acquisition positions. The act requires that we determine whether DOD has effectively implemented the act and make any recommendations appropriate to meet the acts objectives. This report evaluates DODs implementation efforts through January 1993. The act also permits DOD officials to waive specific qualification requirements pertaining to program managers and other acquisition personnel. The act requires up to report annually on DODs compliance with those waiver provisions.
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