The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a first version of the annual DoD authorization bill which it says will continue “reforms to make the Pentagon more efficient, responsive, and agile.”
The measure “improves the Pentagon’s budget process, adjusts hiring practices to recruit and retain top talent in critical fields like advanced technology, acquisition, health care, management, and more, strengthens the defense acquisition system, and reshapes the defense industrial base as a more resilient, advanced national security innovation base,” a summary says.
Also included are provisions to “attract and hire top talent” through steps such as waiving salary caps for positions “requiring extremely high levels of experience managing complex organizations” and enhancing pay authority for research and technology and acquisition and technology positions. It further would extend several long-running waivers of pay limits for civilian employees assigned to certain areas overseas.
The measure further restores proposed cuts to the acquisition workforce and contract management and administrative functions, it said.
Further details likely will be released as the Senate prepares to bring the bill to floor voting. The House counterpart committee meanwhile has started working on its own version of the annual bill with a view to passing it next week.