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DISA weighs contract consolidation as sequester solution

Aug. 21, 2014 - 04:29PM   |  
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DoD is not a 'niche market of contracts,' says David Bennett. DISA CIO.
DoD is not a 'niche market of contracts,' says David Bennett. DISA CIO. (DISA)

The Defense Information Systems Agency is considering consolidating contracts as means to increase efficiencies and save money, particularly with the possibility of another round of sequestration bearing down on them for fiscal 2016.

The agency is also preparing to reorganize under broader DoD cybersecurity plans. (See related story.)

“As you can see we’re changing our organization to be better at preparing ourselves for what we expect to be our future. We’ve seen a lot more teamwork being done with all the services and DISA over the past year and that will continue,” said Maj. Gen. Alan Lynn, DISA vice director and the agency’s chief procurement officer. “To do that kind of work with so many different services, all with different interests, we’ve really got to work our acquisition plans and make sure we have the requirements right and make sure that we manage everything.”

Lynn and other DISA officials spoke Aug. 20 at DISA’s annual Forecast to Industry.

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The plans for contract consolidation seem to be in the early stages, with officials stressing that nothing is a done deal just yet. Small businesses can rest assured they would still be a contracting priority, officials said. In addition, Lynn said, the focus would be on consolidating “like-type items” where ever possible.

“We are not a niche market in terms of contracts. We tend to cover the entire spectrum, from program management to engineering to delivery of capabilities as part of our normal daily operations,” said Dave Bennett, DISA CIO.


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