The Defense Authorization Act for FY 2011 - A Bounded Step Forward for Acquisition Reform

6 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2011 Last revised: 10 Oct 2012

Christopher R. Yukins

George Washington University - Law School

Kristen E. Ittig

Arnold & Porter

Date Written: January 12, 2011

Abstract

Congress has traditionally passed a defense authorization act every year. Title VIII of the annual bill typically includes a number of important procurement reform measures - indeed, in any given year, Title VIII is often the single most important legislative vehicle for procurement reform. This year, however, the defense authorization bill was stalled for months, in large part because of controversy over the repeal of the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy concerning homosexuality in the armed services. Once that controversy was resolved, through separate legislation, House and Senate leaders moved the defense authorization legislation through Congress quickly, in the last days of the 111th Congress. This article reviews the key elements of Title VIII of the defense authorization act for FY2011, with a special focus on those provisions likely of most interest to the procurement law community.

Keywords: Defense Authorization Act, acquisition reform, Title VII, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, procurement law, procurement reform

JEL Classification: H57

Suggested Citation

Yukins, Christopher R. and Ittig, Kristen E., The Defense Authorization Act for FY 2011 - A Bounded Step Forward for Acquisition Reform (January 12, 2011). The Government Contractor, Vol. 48, No. 34, 2011; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 521; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 521. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1739832

Christopher R. Yukins (Contact Author)

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Kristen E. Ittig

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