AS OF JULY 15, 2019, THE SECTION 809 PANEL HAS CONCLUDED ITS MISSION
to provide recommendations that would allow DoD to adapt and deliver capability at market speeds, while ensuring that DoD remains true to its commitment to promote competition, provide transparency in its actions, and maintain the integrity of the defense acquisition system.
The panel’s 98 recommendations reveal how DoD can put its acquisition system on a war footing and adopt a mission-first approach.
The Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations, aka the Section 809 Panel, was established by Congress in the FY 2016 NDAA. Since its inception in August 2016 to its conclusion in July 2019, the panel has published an Interim Report and three-volume Final Report, containing a total of 98 recommendations aimed at changing the overall structure and operations of defense acquisition both strategically and tactically.
Implementing panel recommendations
As of July 2019, 15 of the panel’s recommendations have been addressed in whole or part by Congress in various NDAAs. 11 panel recommendations are pending implementation in the FY2020 NDAA. Check out the latest panel-generated tracker detailing legislative implementation status of all recommendations (not updated after July 15).
Many aspects of defense acquisition can be improved without any action from Congress. For acquisition professionals looking to take action to make acquisition more efficient and effective, review this selection of panel recommendations that can start now.