Air Force Training Center Directorate of Contracting Edwards AFB United States
The Department of Defense DoD has been working diligently to replenish its workforce, including the acquisition workforce that was drastically reduced to approximately 147,000 in 1998. Problems resulting from the downsizing quickly began to surface. The DoD realized it did not include the crucial data about the number of soon-to-retire employees in the total workforce reduction. The cutback therefore turned out greater than had been estimated. Poor planning and the use of incomplete data and analytics were documented as causes for the failure. The decision to downsize later was found to have failed to increase efficiency. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Todays up-and-coming acquisition professionals have an opportunity to make a difference in their chosen endeavorsto contribute ideas and synergy to the big picture we call acquisition reform. Federal acquisition is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor.