Congress currently has under consideration a plethora of new requirements that will further complicate the federal acquisition system and increase compliance burdens. The House has approved, and the Senate Armed Services Committee has reported, versions of the FY 2011 National Defense Authorization Act. Although this legislation focuses on the activities of Department of Defense (DoD), the procurement provisions frequently apply government-wide. Several are worth watching.
The Senate Bill includes a provision (Sec. 815) aimed at reducing supply chain risk in acquisition of national security systems. This provision would permit DoD to restrict sources of supply and also permit exclusion of suppliers who are viewed as unacceptable. While this provision may affect numerous industries, it is likely to have a particular impact on acquisition of information technology.