Two U.S. Air Force airmen
panels at Bagram Airfield,
Afghanistan. The Defense
Information Systems Agency
(DISA) is striving to improve
its acquisition processes to
procure and deploy innovative
information technologies to
its customers more quickly.
DISA Determined to
Tame the Acquisition Beast
The agency aims to
The Defense Information Systems Agency is working to streamline its acquisition processes by using a mixture of efficiency and expertise. In some cases, the agency is adopting methods to free it from onerous Fed- eral Acquisition Regulations. But mostly, its approaches leverage existing skills to condense traditionally drawn-out procedures.
Overall, the agency, better known as DISA, is striving for more agile
internal processes—fewer forms and less administration. Acquisition
plan templates will be simplified, consolidating procurements where
applicable and improving category management. Achieving these gains
will be more of a marathon than a sprint, with changes coming over time,
states Douglas W. Packard, procurement services executive at DISA.
“My FY17 strategy is one word: Simplify,” Packard declares. DISA will
reuse acquisition plans or performance work statements (PWSs) when it
makes sense rather than re-create every document from scratch. The agency
BY ROBERT K. ACKERMAN