DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Actby Senator Steve Daines
Posted on 2014-06-09
DAINES. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 4228, the DHS
Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act.
As the vice chairman of the Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee, I am proud to join Chairman Duncan in sponsoring this most important legislation, which works to improve efficiency at DHS and improve accountability to hardworking American taxpayers.
The DHS acquisition process has long faced problems resulting in waste, delays, and mismanaged taxpayer dollars. This is simply unacceptable. American taxpayers deserve better from their government. Through increased accountability, transparency, and improved collaboration with the private sector, this bill works to address these problems and bring accountability to DHS.
This legislation adopts commonsense, private sector principles, like developing incentives for program managers and senior Department acquisition officials to prevent cost overruns, avoid scheduled delays, and achieve cost savings in major acquisition programs.
It is long past time we move away from the government agency ``spend it or lose it'' budgeting tactic. This legislation could serve as a pilot program for adopting this principle across other agencies.