Report to Congress
Deputy Secretary William Lynn signed out on December 9 the DoD Report to congress required by Section 804 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.
The report, entitled A New Approach for Delivering Information Technology Capabilities in the Department of Defense, updates DoD's progress towards a new acquisition process for information capabilities. The IT Acquisition Task Force, led by Honorable Elizabeth McGrath, DCMO, also contibuted to the Implementation Plan released by Vivek Kundra on the same day.
A New Approach for Delivering Information Technology Capabilities in the Department of Defense - December 9, 2010
25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information technology Management
Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO, December 9, 2010
Office of the DoD CIO / ASD (NII)
AFEI Task Force Report: Industry Perspectives on the Future of DoD IT Acquisition
Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI) released the report, "Industry Perspectives on the Future of DoD IT Acquisition” in support of the Department of Defense response to the requirements of Section 804 of the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. This report addresses industry perspectives on the new acquisition process for information technology, as required by the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The report was created by a pro-bono industry task force and included members from the Department and the Military Services.
The objective of this task force was to offer unsolicited views of a team of industrial and academic experts to inform the OSD report to Congress on “Implementation of New Acquisition Process for Information Technology” mandated by section 804 of the 2010 National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA). The report focuses on required changes in behavior and pragmatic means to incentivize those behavior changes within the realistic constraints of the “as is” Defense acquisition landscape.
The over-arching recommendation is to institute continuous, iterative, development, test, and certification processes that drive the commercial IT state-of-the-art to deliver more trusted, standard, off-the-shelf building blocks. In this model the ability to “bundle” trusted components becomes a critical unit of production.
The DoD should begin implementation of the improved IT acquisition process immediately by chartering a number of independent, three-year pilot projects who’s sponsors are incentivized for their own reasons to develop enterprise capability. These pilots will lead to a self-sustained persistent Development, Test, and Certification environment associated with a flourishing marketplace of “net-ready” re-useable components.