David Drabkin, chair of the Section 809 Panel, discusses the second part of the panel’s report on defense acquisition and most important recommendations included.
In June, the Section 809 Panel released volume two of their report to Congress. The report details the state of acquisition at the Department of Defense and suggests ways to improve it. Among the recommendations included are to streamline commercial product acquisition, and reorganize Title 10. David Drabkin, chair of the Section 809 Panel, told Government Matters that one of their main goals is to “operationalize the dynamic marketplace.” “The whole point of our efforts is to allow the department to do business in the marketplace the way private sector companies do business. Right now we don ‘t do business that way. Our business arrangements are very different. You pick up one of our contracts and you pick up a contract from the private sector and they look very different,” said Drabkin. “Our goal is, where the risk is low to the government and where it is something that we call readily available, we ought to be able to use practices that are used between the private sector. Ultimately we want to be able to buy like buyers in the private sector.”