Rules around buying of commercial items remains hot button issue for DoD, Congress

Two interesting items to keep an eye out on Capitol Hill. First, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, is expected to issue the first draft of his acquisition reform bill this week.

Details about the proposals in this annual Defense authorization legislation still are being closely held, but Thornberry told the press in late April that the bill will try to address several procurement areas where the committee hasn’t spent a lot of time on in recent years.

Industry sources say one of those areas is the buying of commercial items. The sources say Thornberry’s staff has been active in talking to DoD and industry about what’s needed to improve the military’s access to commercial items.

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