Govt defends hwy revamp assessment process
By By Peter Geoghegan, Contributor September 24, 2011, 11:46:52 AM EDT Share this article:
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s inspector general said Wednesday the Defense Department has not updated its policy regarding how contractors are evaluated. „We’ve made progress but there is still work to be done,“ said Robert Hale, acting inspector general. „In my opinion, the Defense Department’s decision making has not kept pace with the change in technology.“
Under the policy, which was developed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army and Navy personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were reviewed first and could only be evaluated after the end of a 12-month period under which they served. The Army’s program is now being reviewed because of the time constraints created by that time period, but Army officers, who are required to serve on 12-month deployments, will not be required to serve the same length.
„I do not know how long they are going to be deployed in the next 12 months,“ Hale said of his superiors.
The inspector general’s concerns about the Army’s decision also were confirmed by the senior director of military facilities engineer바카라사이트ing at Army’s Fort Gordon, where the work involved was performed. „To my knowledge, the Army does not update this policy,“ Chief Major of Technology and Systems Engineering William Taylor said during a hearing in late October.
The Pentagon will spend about $20 mi넷마블 포커llion and have only 10 more months before the next phase of the review wraps up, Hale said.
The Army has been required since 2000 to meet a rigorous testing process at its labs and testing facilities. However, the requirements have remained as restrictive as the work was done, and the Army has been slow to update its policy regarding how it evaluates contractors based on how they perform compared to Army forces.
Hale said the Army’s approach has not changed significantly, and the work still needs to be done for the contractor and the Army in order for it to be reviewed.
„The Army will continue to develop a flexible process,“ he said.
Hale also said that the Pentagon’s inspector general’s office has not been conducting an „extensive review“ of the Army’s work to identify areas of concern. „If there are concerns, we will address them directly,제천출장마사지“ he said.
U.S. Army photo Army General Charles Fletcher (C) addresses the media on Friday, July 28, 2012 at the top of the Commanding General’s Residential Training Facility a