New guidance for middle tier acquisitions at the Department of Defense looks to clarify the authorities that procurement professionals can use. However, experts like Eric Lofgren, research fellow at George Mason University, say that the new policy might slow down acquisition. Lofgren told Government Matters that one of the biggest roadblocks is documentation requirements.
“It is not that the Office of the Secretary of Defense is going to be micromanaging these programs today. That might not happen for quite some time, but it gives them the leverage to get in there,” Lofgren said. “A lot of the documentation from the milestone acquisition process has crept back in. You need cost estimates, test plans, sustainment plans for fielding systems. You need all sorts of other parts lined up. That brings more of the traditional system back in.”