Incident Reporting Systems and Defense Acquisition

 

Incident Reporting Systems and Defense Acquisition

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 - 14:47

 

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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. 

Evaluating Current Defense Acquisition Iniatives
Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition

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.”

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Incident Reporting Systems

Incident Reporting Systems:  Lessons from the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Organization

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.

You can order free copies of this report and/or download this report.

 

The Business of Government Blogs

Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition by Dan Chenok

Six Trends Driving Change in Government: Examples of Agencies Leveraging Change by Dan Chenok

Trend Six: Leadership by Michael J. Keegan

Unpacking the "Black Box" of Incident Reporting by John M. Kamensky

 

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