DOD’s office of the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L) officially split into two smaller organizations on Thursday, but for the next three months affected offices should not experience any significant changes, said Ellen Lord, who had been the head of AT&L. After 120 days, though, major changes to the department’s structure will become apparent, said Lord, who is slated to head the newly created office of the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment (A&S). The other new group established following the Feb. 1 dissolution of AT&L, which was mandated under the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill, is the undersecretary for research and engineering.
“Current state is what it was yesterday. The future state has been laid out pretty clearly. … We have some uncertainty in terms of where people will end up but there is a view of where we are going,” Lord told reporters.
The office of the assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment — along with the Office of Economic Adjustment — will move under A&S, according to a Jan. 31 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, reports Federal News Radio. Shanahan directs the department to complete realignment of personnel, resources and authorities down to the deputy assistant secretary level by June 1.