President Obama said Tuesday night that his administration will soon unveil plans to overhaul the Defense Department’s procurement process, but a new report suggests it could have a hard time figuring it all out.
The department “does not collect or track information on contractor personnel” and “lacks information on why contractor personnel are used,” according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The lack of information “limits its ability to determine whether decisions to use contractors to augment the in-house acquisition workforce are appropriate,” suggesting the Obama administration won’t have the basic information necessary to unwind DOD’s procurement process.
“I think everybody in this town knows that the politics of changing procurement is tough, because, you know, lobbyists are very active in this area,” Obama said in his prime-time press conference Tuesday. “You know, contractors are very good at dispersing the jobs and plants in the Defense Department widely.”