Speed vs. oversight: Middle Tier Acquisition draws lawmakers’ concern


Theresa Hitchens with Breaking Defense begins with a quote: When it comes to MTAs, Eric Lofgren, a defense acquisition specialist at George Mason University, told Breaking Defense that "GAO and OSD seem to be struggling with how to baseline and conduct oversight of these programs."

The increasing use of Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA) authorities by the Pentagon has caught the attention of the Senate  Armed Services Committee, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, and the GAO. The reasons behind the concern are too numerous to share in this post. The article makes for an interesting read as this use meets resistance in the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act.

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