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Outsourcing, In-sourcing, and Maintaining the Acquisition Workforce Profession
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have strained the limits of DoDs organic and externally sourced capabilities with literally tens of billions of dollars of required contracts and hundreds of thousands of private sector personnel contracted to support the war effort. Not surprisingly, DoDs extensive reliance on contractors resulted in contractors performing inherently governmental IG functions or activities that closely support IG functions, including the oversight and management of the contract activity itself. The use of contractors to perform inherently governmental functions and core competencies, and DoDs and the Federal governments response to those infractions, threaten to undermine the contracting profession and further constrain the flexibility and responsiveness of DoD in particular and the U.S. government in general. This paper examines the management of the contracting workforce before and during the current war efforts, assesses the general level of encroachment on DoD core contracting competencies, and evaluates the consequences of intrusions across the jurisdictional boundaries of the contract management task environment on the acquisition workforce profession itself.
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