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House Passes Important Bill to Prevent Wasteful and Excessive Private Sector Military Contracts

April 28, 2010
Press Release

IMPROVE Acquisition Act to Save Taxpayers $27 Billion a Year

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA) today voted for the IMPROVE Acquisition Act, a bill that will save American taxpayers $27 billion a year by establishing clearer standards in Department of Defense acquisition spending. The bill is based on recommendations of the House Armed Services Committee's Panel on Defense Acquisition Reform.

"Military contracting firms like Halliburton and Blackwater provided textbook examples of the waste, fraud, and abuse that ran rampant during the Bush era," Congressman Garamendi said. "Today, the House voted for the IMPROVE Acquisition Act, an important bill that will hold the Department of Defense to much higher standards when they pursue defense acquisition spending. This Thumbnail image for Travis Air Force Base Photo 7.JPGbill saves $27 billion a year and better protects our brave men and women in uniform by making sure they get the supplies they need faster."

Last year, Congress passed the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act, legislation that reformed weapons system acquisition contracts.  The IMPROVE Acquisition Act sets better standards across the board in military contracts. It requires the Department of Defense to adopt basic management practices that hold private firms accountable for delay and unfulfilled promises.

The IMPROVE Acquisition Act will overhaul the defense acquisition system by:

  • Requiring the Department of Defense to set clear objectives for the defense acquisition system and manage performance in achieving those objectives;
  • Requiring DOD to introduce real accountability into the requirements process and create a requirements process for the acquisition of services;
  • Strengthening and revitalizing the acquisition workforce;
  • Requiring DOD to develop meaningful consequences for success or failure in financial management; and
  • Strengthening the industrial base to enhance competition and gain access to more innovative technology.