Pentagon contracting reform bill heads for full House

Wednesday - 4/21/2010, 3:31pm EDT

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By Max Cacas
Reporter
Federal News Radio

By a unanimous, and bi-partisan vote, the House Armed Services Committee today approved, and sent on to the full House for consideration, a measure designed to mandate sweeping reforms in non-weapons contracting and procurement at the Pentagon.

HR 5013, the IMPROVE Acquisition Act of 2010, was the product of nearly a year's worth of special hearings by a special Armed Services Committee Panel on Defense Acquisition Reform, led by Rep. Rob Andrews (D.-N.J.), and Mike Conaway (R.-Texas).

The measure was announced last week by committee chairman Ike Skelton (D.-Missouri).

The bill calls on the Pentagon to make its financial books fully auditable and offers financial incentives to DoD agencies that do it before a 2017 deadline already in another acquisitions law; provides for financial incentives for Defense acquisitions staff who help agencies meet the new auditing standards; and contains provisions designed to strengthen the defense industrial base to enhance competition and provide additional access to innovative technology.

Hoping to take advantage of the 56-0 unanimous vote on the measure, Chairman Skelton says he is hopeful he can get the bill on the schedule of the full House, in order to have it debated and considered before the end of next week.

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