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Skelton announces bill to overhaul procedures for defense purchasing
Skelton announces bill to overhaul procedures for defense purchasing

Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2010) — Today, Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), along with other members of the House Armed Services Committee, announced the introduction of H.R. 5013, the IMPROVE Acquisition Act. If passed, this bipartisan legislation would overhaul defense acquisition spending within the Department of Defense, potentially saving billions of taxpayer dollars and expediting the supply of necessary equipment to America’s warfighters. During the announcement, Congressman Skelton stated:

“Our troops rely on the acquisition system to buy the equipment they need to keep them safe on the battlefield and protect our country. When that system breaks down, they suffer.

“This new legislation will make sure that our brave men and women in uniform are getting the proper equipment in a more timely manner while also saving American taxpayers billions of dollars.”

The legislation is based on the recommendations outlined in the final report of the Defense Acquisition Panel, which was established in March 2009 to perform a review of the defense acquisition system. The bill would require the Department of Defense to comprehensively manage the defense acquisition and acquisition workforce, would reform the Department’s financial management, and would responsibly expand the defense industrial base to enhance competition and gain access to more innovative technology. As a result of the Panel’s efforts, the IMPROVE Acquisition Act would reform the remaining 80 percent of the defense acquisition system not addressed by last year’s Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act.

Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at www.house.gov/skelton.

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