Revisions to legislation could accelerate processes and improve transparency among agencies nationwide.
Congressman Rob Wittman provided details of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) at a Government Contracting Workshop on Friday.
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted the discussion at its headquarters in Manassas.
The NDAA is a defense spending plan that Congress must pass.
“Each year, we put in place some changes and try and get feedback on how those changes are working, making sure that they have a positive impact on businesses,” Wittman said.
Making sure that small business subcontractors are paid on time and separating “commercial products” from services are a couple of revisions found in the fiscal 2019 NDAA.
It requires officials to define and create a plan that can be used to evaluate Procurement and Administrative Lead Time (PALT), as well.
“This provides a little more transparency, a little more understanding about how the decisions are made in acquiring goods and services,” Wittman said.
The legislation also requires the Department of Defense (DoD) to develop a process that will prevent other countries from access technology that’s associated with national security.
Additionally, DoD must establish a pilot program that speeds up the process that relate to contracts that are more than $50 million.
“What this is saying is, ‘How are we going to take these major contracts and make them happen in a faster way?’” Wittman said.
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