The grab-bag $610 billion defense policy bill now at the halfway point in its journey through Congress has the contracting community upbeat about some procurement and small business reforms while wary of debate about the extent to which defense contractors will be subject to President Obama’s Fair Pay Safe Workplaces executive order.
A version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act passed the House May 19 by a 277-147 vote, while a slightly different version cleared the Senate Armed Services Committee the same day 23-3.
“Building on last year’s initial set of improvements to the acquisition system, the FY17 NDAA makes foundational reforms intended to help get better technology into the hands of the warfighter faster and more efficiently,” said a summary by House Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas. “It does so by requiring weapon systems to be designed with open architectures that can easily be upgraded as technology and threats evolve. It also provides flexible funding to experiment with new technology, while simplifying the process and expanding the avenues of competition for suppliers of all sizes.”
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