DATE: May 16, 2003

SUBJECT: Department of Defense; Revised DOD 5000 Defense Acquisition Policy Documents Issued

SOURCE: DOD 5000 Website (http://dod5000.dau.mil)

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: On May 12, 2003, Defense Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz issued the promised revised DOD 5000 series of documents governing the defense acquisition process. The new documents establish "a simplified and flexible management framework for translating mission needs and technology opportunities."

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 12, 2003.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On October 30, 2002, Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz issued a memorandum canceling the DOD 5000 series of defense acquisition documents because they required "revision to create an acquisition policy environment that fosters efficiency, flexibility, creativity, and innovation." In their place, he issued interim guidance and directed the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics to prepare revised documents (see the November 1, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Department of Defense; Cancellation of DOD 5000 Defense Acquisition Policy Documents").

On May 12, 2003, Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz issued DOD Directive (DODD) 5000.1, The Defense Acquisition System, which provides overall management principles and mandatory policies and procedures for managing all acquisition programs, and DOD Instruction (DODI) 5000.2, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System, which provides detailed procedures for complying with the policies in DODD 5000.1. DOD 5000.2-R, Mandatory Procedures for Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) and Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS) Acquisition Programs, which was canceled along with the other 5000 documents, is retained as the "Interim Defense Acquisition Guidebook," but it is not mandatory.

"The DOD and Service leadership felt that the acquisition management environment was too focused on process vs. outcomes; and, consequently, stifled the innovation and creativity necessary to manage a defense acquisition program in today's fast-moving and challenging business environment," states the "Frequently Asked Questions" on the DOD 5000 website http://dod5000.dau.mil. "The revisions have streamlined the policy documents and have reduced the very prescriptive nature of the regulatory requirements."

The significant differences between the old and new 5000 documents are:

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