DoD memo starts to cleave its acquisition office in half, reassigns workforce

Defense acquisition civilian personnel will see no changes in their title, series or grade as the Defense Department begins to cleave the office of acquisition, technology and logistics in half on Feb. 1.

Jan. 31 memo obtained by Federal News Radio and signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan outlines just how the Pentagon will split its acquisition office into an office of research and engineering and an office of acquisition and sustainment. Congress mandated the split in the 2017 defense authorization act.

“In elevating the mission of advancing technology and innovation while simultaneously fostering distinct technology and acquisition cultures, we must also take the opportunity to reform processes, internal practices and regulations and continue to remove barriers to innovation in research, engineering, acquisition and sustainment whenever possible,” the memo states.

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