House Panel to Mark up Authorization Bill Next Month

Six subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee will begin marking up the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill the week of April 20, with the full committee completing the process on April 29, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said Monday.

The annual defense policy bill is scheduled to go to the House floor in mid-May, he said.

The chairman also revealed that he would include language in the authorization bill to overhaul DOD’s acquisition process. Many experts had assumed the acquisition reform legislation would be taken up as a stand-alone bill.

Thornberry told reporters he will outline his committee’s proposal to improve the procurement process in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on March 23. He’ll release draft legislation and report language later that week, reported CQ.

“As I’ve said a million times, it’s not going to solve all the problems with acquisition. It is just a first step,” Thornberry said of the legislation.


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