John “Jay” Gibson II, who began working as the Pentagon’s chief management officer last month, has started his pursuit of reforming the department’s business operations by establishing a series of subject-matter specific teams to increase the number of areas DOD uses shared contracting for commonly purchased goods and services. The teams are looking for “immediate efficiency opportunities,” Gibson told the Senate Budget Committee last week. Under a reorganization plan DOD approved last August, the chief management officer is responsible for logistics and supply, real property, community services, human resources, health care and technology systems.
Gibson told lawmakers he endorsed a 2015 Defense Business Board study which concluded the department could save $125 billion over five years by increasing its use of shared contracting for services, reducing its reliance on service contractors and offering incentives to some of its civilian workforce to retire early, reported Federal News Radio. “I fully embrace what they’ve suggested,” Gibson said. “We actually took some of the specifics there, where they said focus on shared services areas, put teams in place, and go after that. … We actually added three additional areas to what they suggested,” he said.