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Hare Supports Defense Acquisition Reform

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Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted for the IMPROVE Acquisition Act, legislation that takes steps to eliminate waste within the Department of Defense (DOD) and save taxpayers money.

The bill creates a new program that will promote a more proactive approach towards finding suppliers within America's industrial base. This emphasis will better position the Rock Island Arsenal to be a supplier of parts and equipment to DOD.

"Refocusing defense acquisition on domestic suppliers could benefit the Arsenal's Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center," Hare said. "As a result of this bill, DOD will seek out facilities like the Arsenal that are producing critical parts and equipment at a fair cost."

The bill included an amendment authored by Hare which declares that the Department of Defense should ensure full compliance throughout the acquisition process with the Berry Amendment and the Buy American Act and not procure products from manufacturers that fail to comply with federal labor standards.

The Berry Amendment seeks to ensure that DOD gives preference to American companies when procuring goods. The Buy American Act is a domestic procurement statute that provides a preference for American goods in government purchases.

"I have long been a proponent of the military buying its weapons and supplies here in the United States from manufacturers that follow the law and treat their workers with respect," Hare said. "This amendment reinforces that commonsense policy."

The underlying bill cleans up waste, fraud and abuse in the defense acquisition system through four key common-sense reforms: building a better accountability system, improving the management of the acquisition workforce, creating an auditable financial management system at DOD, and expanding and strengthening the industrial base to enhance competition and gain access to more technology.

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