Better Buying Power 1.0
Better Buying Power (BBP) 1.0 was introduced in 2010 as part of the Department of Defense's (DoD) Efficiency Initiative. The objective was to deliver warfighting capabilities needed within the constraints of a declining defense budget by achieving better buying power for the Warfighters and taxpayer.
On June 28, 2010, USD(AT&L) issued "Better Buying Power: Mandate for Restoring Affordability and Productivity in Defense Spending" that outlined the core objectives and direction of BBP to deliver better value to the taxpayer and improve the way the Department does business. The mandate was followed by the September 14, 2010 memorandum, “Guidance for Obtaining Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending” where 23 principal actions to achieve greater efficiency and productivity in defense spending were introduced. Further guidance was issued on November 3, 2010 that provided detailed implementation direction to the acquisition workforce; "Implementation Directive for Better Buying Power – Obtaining Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending."
Better Buying Power 2.0
Better Buying Power 2.0 marks the next step in the Department of Defense's process of continuous improvement. BBP 2.0 will help improve the Department's effectiveness in the tradecraft of acquisition. Many initiatives that were first introduced will remain, while a set of new initiatives have been identified and are being added to address current security and fiscal realities.
BBP 2.0 includes 36 initiatives that are organized into seven focus areas:
- Achieve Affordable Programs
- Control Costs Throughout the Product Lifecycle
- Incentivize Productivity and Innovation in Industry and Government
- Eliminate Unproductive Processes and Bureaucracy
- Promote Effective Competition
- Improve Tradecraft in Acquisition of Services
- Improve the Professionalism of the Total Acquisition Workforce
USD(AT&L) introduced the new initiatives to the acquisition workforce on November 14, 2012; “Better Buying Power 2.0: Continuing the Pursuit for Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending”. The basic goal of BBP 2.0 remains: deliver better value to the taxpayer and Warfighter by improving the way the Department does business.