Who was the Section 809 Panel?

The panel was mandated to have at least nine individuals who were recognized experts in acquisition and procurement policy, with the stipulation that members should reflect diverse experiences from the public and private sectors. The panel benefited from the expertise of the following commissioners:

  • Mr. David G. Ahern
  • Maj Gen Casey D. Blake, USAF (Ret.)
  • Mr. Elliott B. Branch
  • The Honorable Allan V. Burman
  • Mr. David A. Drabkin
  • VADM Joseph W. Dyer, USN (Ret.)
  • Ms. Cathleen D. Garman
  • Ms. Claire M. Grady
  • Mr. Harry P. Hallock
  • BG Michael D. Hoskin, USA (Ret.)
  • The Honorable William A. LaPlante
  • The Honorable Deidre A. Lee
  • Maj Gen Kenneth Merchant, USAF (Ret.)
  • Mr. David P. Metzger
  • Dr. Terry L. Raney
  • Maj Gen Darryl A. Scott, USAF (Ret.)
  • LTG N. Ross Thompson III, USA (Ret.)
  • Mr. Laurence M. Trowel
  • Mr. Charlie E. Williams, Jr.
  • with special contributor, Maj Gen Cameron G. Holt, USAF

The panel was also supported by numerous professional staff members and volunteers, who are listed at the end of each volume of the panel’s final report.


What were the goals of Section 809 Panel?

The goals of the Section 809 Panel were outlined in the National Defense Authorization Act:

  • Review the acquisition regulations applicable to DoD with a view toward streamlining and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the defense acquisition process and maintaining defense technology advantage.
  • Establish and administer appropriate buyer and seller relationships in the procurement system.
  • Improve the functioning of the acquisition system.
  • Ensure the continuing financial and ethical integrity of defense procurement programs.
  • Protect the best interests of DoD.
  • Eliminate any regulations that are unnecessary for the purposes described.

Who provided input?

The Section 809 Panel held monthly meetings beginning in September 2016. These meetings provided commissioners with the opportunity to hear from government and private-sector stakeholders and to deliberate recommendations. The panel also held 14 stakeholder meetings between January 2017 and January 2018 to gather additional stakeholder feedback. Beyond these formal meetings, commissioners and staff spoke to representatives from hundreds of government and private-sector organizations throughout the data-gathering process. For more information, click here.


How was the Section 809 Panel Formed?

The Section 809 Panel was created in Section 809 of the FY 2016 NDAA legislation. If you would like to learn more about Section 809, go to p. 164 in the FY 2016 NDAA legislation.

After the initial legislation was approved, Congress passed two amendments: