Friday, March 10, 2017

DCMA Reforms to Improve Their Product Offerings

DCMA (Defense Contract Management Agency) has undertaken a new initiative to improve its business capabilities. The DCMA business capability framework is "...a set of high level contract management functions that underpin the Agency's strategic plan and captures the results of the daily, multi-functional activities of  ... personnel in order to provide actionable insight to the Defense Acquisition Enterprise."

DCMA has established thirteen working groups, tasked to separate policy from procedure, with an emphasis on producing agency manuals and streamlining policies in ther respective area to make sure everyone around the Agency follows the same guidelines.

The thirteen working groups are further broken down into primary capability, integration, and enabling. The five primary capability working groups focus on administering existing or future contracts and include:

  1. Product acceptance and proper payment
  2. Indirect cost control (formerly a DCAA (Defense Contract Audit Agency) primary function)
  3. Contractor Effectiveness
  4. Negotiation intelligence
  5. Contract maintenance.
The three integrating working groups will take the information gleaned from the primary groups, analyze and repackage the data to help the Agency's other stakeholders (customers) These working groups include:
  1. Program support
  2. corporate assessment
  3. Mission assurance and industrial base vialbility assessment
The enabling working groups provide support to DCMA's workforce so that employees can do their jobs better. These five groups include:
  1. Facilities management
  2. Talent management
  3. Skills development
  4. Stewardship
  5. Information technology management
  6. Planning and programming
What does this mean for contractors? Well, in theory, it should improve the contract administration process. Time will tell however whether this results in any tangible improvements or is merely more fanciful fluff like so many acquisition reform initiatives in the past.

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