Ben FitzGerald, director of the Office of Strategy & Design at the Department of Defense, discusses the reorganization efforts at DoD, and writing guidance on the proper use of Other Transaction Authority.
The acquisition arm of the Department of Defense is being restructured. Ben FitzGerald, director of the Office of Strategy & Design at DoD, who oversees these reorganization efforts, says that the biggest challenges lie in the scale of the effort. “I think the main thing to talk about is the size of the change that we are about to embark on. This is the largest change, certainly for the AT&L organization since its founding in 1986,” FitzGerald told Government Matters at the ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence 2018 event. “We need to recognize that a lot has changed since 1986 and we need to make sure that the sort of change we are engaging in now is commensurate with the change in the global technology, strategic and business environments.” FitzGerald also expressed support for Other Transaction Authority, which has become an extremely popular method of acquisition at the department. “This really is a balance. We don’t want people to get stuck with OTAs that are not fit for purpose. One of our concerns is that if we misuse the authorities, they will get taken away from us,” said FitzGerald. “As someone who is personally a strong advocate of the use of OTAs, I want to make sure that they are used in ways that are defensible, that are rigorous and that solve a particular programmatic need. That is going to mean making sure we have the right guidance in place.”