“Leading Change” document outlines fiscal 2020 focus areas

By DLA Public Affairs

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Defense reform and audit advancement are among focus areas outlined in the new “Leading Change” document emphasizing the Defense Logistics Agency’s fiscal 2020 goals. While DLA’s 2018-2026 Strategic Plan remains the overarching guidance for DLA employees, the new release provides direction in light of current cash and obligation authority challenges as well as the Defense Department’s upcoming program and budget review.

Six major themes for fiscal 2020 are: Warfighter and Federal Support, Defense Reforms, Audit Advancement, Financial Health of the Agency, Enterprise Risk Management and Innovation. 

“The global security environment remains extremely complex, and DLA must remain postured to support our operational military forces and industrial facilities across the Department of Defense,” DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams said in an opening statement.

Efforts to improve warfighter and federal support range from anticipating needs for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to increasing support to Whole of Government customers such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Health Agency. DLA’s Agency Synchronization Operations Center will also work to better integrate global operations occurring throughout major subordinate and regional commands.

Reducing DLA’s cost recovery rate, improving cost transparency and collaborating with partners to improve demand projections fall within defense reform efforts. Audit advancement goals include accelerating progress toward a clean audit opinion and acceleration of G-Invoicing, which federal agencies must use by June 2021 to process intragovernmental buy and sell transactions.

Addressing DLA’s financial health will require integration of financial and operational outcomes. And to support risk management goals, the agency will create a comprehensive A-123 Program and work to reduce supply chain security threats such as counterfeit parts and the compromise of Commercial and Government Entity codes. Expanding robotic process automation and data management capabilities will also improve innovation.