The Department of Defense spends nearly $300 billion annually acquiring systems, goods, and services in support of the nation’s defense. A successful acquisition system is critical to providing warfighting and defense capability.
Section 809 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114– 92), as amended by Section 863(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114–328), established an independent Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations—the Section 809 Panel. By statute, the panel was formed to
- Review the acquisition regulations applicable to the Department of Defense with a view toward streamlining and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Defense acquisition process and maintain defense technology advantage and
- Make recommendations for the amendment or repeal of such regulations that the panel considers necessary to
– establish and administer appropriate buyer and seller relationship in the procurement system,
– improve the functioning of the acquisition system,
– ensure the continuing financial and ethical integrity of defense procurement programs,
– protect the best interests of the Department of Defense, and
– eliminate any regulations that are unnecessary for the above purposes.