Acquisition Policy Analysis Center

Statutory and Related Functions

The Acquisition Policy Analysis Center (APAC) monitors the Department’s compliance with the Improve Acquisition Act of 2010 (Title VIII, Subtitle F, Public Law 111-383, section 861 codified in title 10, U.S.C., section 2548) on institutional performance assessments of the defense acquisition system.

The Department continues to execute independent performance reviews, as well as measure and report institutional performance against quantitative performance measures in the annual President’s budget submission. As noted in the 2011 PARCA report, USD(AT&L) requested that PARCA lead efforts to establish a more responsive, useful, and transparent institutional performance measurement system. This initiative was part of the USD(AT&L) Better Buying Power 2.0 strategic effort and continues to be a focus for PARCA. A major output of this effort is a continuing series of annual reports on analytic results measuring the institutional performance of the defense acquisition system. The second such report was released to Congress and the public on June 13, 2014. While similarly motivated, APAC efforts go beyond the specifics of this act to seek additional insights for improving the performance of the defense acquisition system.

Non-Statutory PARCA Functions

The APAC Division also leads a number of other strategic initiatives for the USD(AT&L) and provides confidential, independent, rapid-response analyses to improve acquisition investments, strategies, and policies. For example, APAC continues to provide leadership and concept development for two other Better Buying Power 2.0 and 3.0 initiatives: 1) achieve affordable programs by establishing affordability analysis policy and enforcing affordability constraints; and 2) reduce cycle time while ensuring sound investment decisions.