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This newsletter features two new reports, "Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition" by Jacques S. Gansler and William Lucyshn and "Incident Reporting Systems: Lessons from the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Organization" by Russell W. Mills. Authors Gansler and Lucyshyn present eight significant actions that the federal government can take to improve the federal acquisition process. Dr. Mills offers a case study of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) incident reporting systems that have evolved since the late 1990s.
Author: Jacques S. Gansler and William Lucyshyn
While this report centers on acquisition in the Department of Defense (DoD) because of its dominant size in the federal budget, the eight proposed actions - which build on previous acquisition reforms including increased competition, more use of best value contracts, expanding the supplier base, and better tailoring of contract types to contract goals - apply to civilian agencies as well. The authors emphasize the urgency of acquisition reform in DoD given budgetary constraints and security challenges, finding that “DoD will need to gain every possible efficiency, while resisting the temptation to buy defense on the cheap.”
Author: Russell W. Mills
Incident reporting systems are an integral part of many agencies’ operations. For example, the Veterans Health Administration collects data on incidences of errors made during surgeries, the Food Safety and Inspection Service collects data on incidences of errors in meat inspection plants, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration collects data on incidences of workplace injuries.
Based on the experience of ATO’s evolving incident report systems, Dr. Mills offers a set of strategic, management, and analytical lessons that could be applied by other agencies that may also be in the process of increasing the sophistication of their own incident reporting systems.
The Business of Government Blogs
Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition by Dan Chenok
Trend Six: Leadership by Michael J. Keegan
Unpacking the "Black Box" of Incident Reporting by John M. Kamensky