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Larsen Votes To Eliminate Wasteful Spending, Save Taxpayer Dollars

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted for the Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every (IMPROVE) Acquisition Act (H.R. 5013), which passed the House 417-3. This legislation will save taxpayer dollars by rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in the defense acquisition system.

"Every dollar wasted in the defense acquisition system is a dollar that can not be used to support our service members and their families," said Rep. Larsen. "The IMPROVE Acquisition Act will reduce waste, fraud and abuse in our defense acquisition system to save valuable taxpayer dollars and get our men and women in uniform the equipment they need, when they need it."

In 2009, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act (PL 111-23) to reform how the Department of Defense evaluates and purchases major weapons systems, which comprise about 20% of the defense acquisition budget. At the time, the Government Accountability Office estimated that 95 major weapons programs were a combined $295 billion over budget and on average 21 months behind schedule. The IMPROVE Acquisition Act expands on that legislation to ensure that the 80% of defense acquisition dollars that go towards equipment and services are also well-spent.

"Last year, I joined with my colleagues to enact the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to address wasteful spending on weapons systems that were over-cost and behind schedule," Larsen continued. "The IMPROVE Acquisition Act will build on that work and require the Department of Defense to apply similar rigor when purchasing other equipment and services to support our men and women in uniform."

* The IMPROVE Acquisition Act contains the following specific reforms to improve defense acquisition.
* Strengthens the workforce that oversees acquisition;
* Requires DOD to set objectives for the defense acquisition system and hold people accountable for achieving those objectives;
* Ensures that DOD is realistic when determining what types of equipment and services it needs to purchase; and
* Requires DOD to develop meaningful consequences for success or failure in financial management.

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