P.L. 111-23, The Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009
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S. 454 would improve the organization and procedures of the Department of Defense for the acquisition of major weapon systems.
Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 - <b>Title I: Acquisition Organization </b>- (Sec. 101) Requires a report from: (1) the service acquisition executive of each military department to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (Under Secretary) describing major weapon system strategy and engineering capabilities of their department; and (2) the Under Secretary to the congressional defense committees on the system engineering capabilities of the Department of Defense (DOD).
(Sec. 102) Establishes within DOD a Director of Developmental Test and Evaluation to advise the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary on DOD developmental test and evaluation. Outlines related duties. Requires the: (1) Director to report annually to Congress on the developmental test and evaluation activities of the major defense acquisition programs (MDAPs) and major automated information system programs of DOD; and (2) departmental service acquisition executives to report to the Director on the extent to which the test organizations of their department have in place, or have effective plans to develop, adequate numbers of development test and evaluation personnel with appropriate expertise.
(Sec. 103) Requires the Director of Defense Research and Engineering to: (1) periodically review and assess the technological maturity and integration risk of critical technologies of MDAPs, and submit review and assessment findings to the Under Secretary; (2) report annually to the Secretary and Congress on the maturity and risk of such technologies; and (3) report to the defense and appropriations committees on additional resources required to implement DOD system critical technology assessments.
(Sec. 104) Establishes within DOD a Director of Independent Cost Assessment to advise the Secretary, Under Secretary, and Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) on cost estimation and analyses for DOD acquisition programs. Outlines related duties. Requires the: (1) Secretary of each military department to report promptly to such Director the results of all MDAP cost estimates, analyses, and studies conducted by that department; (2) Director to report annually to the Secretary, each Under Secretary, and Congress summarizing DOD cost estimation and analysis activities; and (3) Director to review existing DOD systems and methods for tracking and assessing operating and support costs on MDAPs, and submit review findings to the Secretary, who shall submit such findings to the defense and appropriations committees.
(Sec. 105) Directs the Joint Requirements Oversight Council to seek and consider input from commanders of combatant commands prior to identifying joint military requirements.
<b>Title II: Acquisition Policy </b>- (Sec. 201) Requires the: (1) Secretary to develop and implement mechanisms to ensure the consideration of trade-offs between major weapon system cost, schedule, and performance; and (2) Under Secretary to ensure that DOD guidance on MDAPs requires the milestone decision authority to conduct an analysis of alternatives during the material solution analysis phase of each MDAP.
(Sec. 202) Requires the milestone decision authority for an MDAP to have received a preliminary design review and conducted a formal post-preliminary design review assessment before an MDAP may receive Milestone B or Key Decision Point B approval. Directs the Under Secretary to ensure that DOD guidance on MDAPs requires a critical design review and a formal post-critical design review assessment for each MDAP.
(Sec. 203) Requires the Secretary to: (1) ensure that each MDAP acquisition plan includes measures to maximize competition at both the prime contract and subcontract level throughout the MDAP's life cycle; and (2) modify current DOD acquisition regulations to ensure competitive prototyping for MDAPs.
(Sec. 204) Requires the Secretary to terminate an MDAP that meets or exceeds its critical cost growth threshold, unless the Secretary determines that the program's continuation is essential to national security and certifies such fact to Congress. Outlines additional requirements with respect to such certification.
(Sec. 205) Directs the: (1) Under Secretary to revise the Defense Supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulation to address organizational conflicts of interests by contractors in the acquisition of major weapon systems; and (2) Secretary to establish within DOD the Organizational Conflict of Interest Review Board to advise the Under Secretary on policies relating to such conflicts of interest.
(Sec. 206) Requires the Secretary to carry out a program to recognize excellent performance by individuals and teams of members of the Armed Forces and civilian DOD personnel in the acquisition of products and services. Authorizes cash bonuses as part of the program.
Status of the Legislation
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2009: Resolving differences -- Senate actions. Status: Senate disagreed to House amendment, agreed to request for conference, and appointed conferees. Levin; Kennedy; Byrd; Lieberman; Reed; Akaka; Nelson FL; Nelson NE; Bayh; Webb; McCaskill; Udall CO; Hagan; Begich; Burris; McCain; Inhofe; Sessions; Chambliss; Graham; Thune; Martinez; Wicker; Burr; Vitter; Collins.
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