Congresswoman Susan A. Davis (D-San Diego) today voted to save U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse in defense programs. The bipartisan IMPROVE Acquisition Act (H.R. 5013) will reform the defense acquisition system to save American taxpayers $135 billion over the next five years and make sure that the men and women who are risking their lives to safeguard our country get the proper equipment they need to do their jobs and protect themselves on the battlefield.
The bill included a Davis Amendment to encourage the Department of Defense to assess the impact of contract bundling as part of a broader assessment required in H.R. 5013. Frequently, contracts are bundled together for ease and convenience which benefits larger companies while pushing small businesses out of the market.
"I routinely meet with small businesses in San Diego that have so much to offer the defense world in the form of quality products and efficient services," said Davis. "Yet it has been frustrating to hear from these capable and resourceful companies that they continually run into barriers."
The IMPROVE Acquisition Act cleans up waste, fraud, and abuse in the defense acquisition system through four key common sense reforms. It creates a better accountability system, establishes an auditable financial management system at DOD, improves the management of the acquisition workforce, and expands and strengthens the industrial base.
The bill builds on the legislation enacted by Congress last year to clean up wasteful defense spending and reform weapons system acquisition.
"We need to make our government more efficient and cost effective," said Davis. "This bill is another step toward that goal."
The House of Representatives approved H.R. 5013 on a vote of 417-3.