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Is Acquisition on a Collision Course?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Today we face a rare collision of inflection points that is having fundamental impacts on the government's effectiveness and efficiency. Without major change, those impacts are almost certain to grow, and not in ways any of us would wish.

The federal acquisition workforce is trending younger than it has in decades, thanks in part to a combination of retirements and new hires. By most estimates, one in three or one in four acquisition professionals has fewer than five years of experience.

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