Federal Manager's Daily Report

The Bush administration has issued a statement saying it

“strongly opposes any reduction in the defense


acquisition workforce,” such as that proposed in the

House-passed Defense Department authorization bill for

fiscal 2005 (HR-4200).

The House bill would cut that workforce by 5 percent by

October 1, 2005, while the Senate counterpart would

increase staff by 15 percent over three years (see above).

Said the statement: “The acquisition workload has been

increasing as the workforce has been declining for several

years. Reducing personnel or constraining employment

would lead to insufficient staff to manage requirements,

an increased backlog in closing out completed contracts,

reduced scrutiny and timeliness in reviewing acquisition

actions, and skill imbalances. Especially now with our

troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in the world,

any reduction in DoD’s acquisition workforce would

jeopardize DoD’s ability to support our fighting forces.”

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