May 7, 2020
ARLINGTON, VA – The National Defense Industrial Association is among members of the Acquisition Reform Working Group voicing concern to the Senate and House Armed Services committees over several legislative proposals that the groups say could harm the defense industrial base, the Arlington, VA-based trade organization announces today.
The May 6 letter<https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/Press%20Releases/Documents/ARWG%20Letter%20Regarding%20DoD%20LEGPROPs.ashx?la> to Congress from NDIA and others outlined issues with Defense Department proposals that these groups say would:
* Reverse reforms made in previous National Defense Authorization Acts
* Authorize release of data that could weaken trade-secret protections
* Require contractors to provide uncertified cost information, adding a layer of bureaucracy
* Require contracting officers to determine a commercial equivalent for every procurement
NDIA previously had voiced opposition to the Defense Department’s request to classify the Future Years Defense Plan, which outlines its spending goals for future years.
The entire May 6 letter is available here. <https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/Press%20Releases/Documents/ARWG%20Letter%20Regarding%20DoD%20LEGPROPs.ashx?la> The other signing organizations are the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Computing Technology Industry Association and the Information Technology Industry.
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