Congressional Involvement and
Relations: A Guide for Department of Defense Acquisition Managers, Fourth
Edition, is published by the Defense Systems Management
College (DSMC) Press, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The DSMC is part of the Office
of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Technology) in the Office of the
Secretary of Defense. The First Edition was
published in November
1986, the Second Edition in October 1989, and the Third Edition
in August 1992.
The author wishes to thank the following persons for their valuable
professional assistance in updating this Fourth
Lt. Col. Charles O'Connor, USAF,
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs), for the
view from The Pentagon;
Dr. Jim Hershman and Dr.
Phil Chartrand, The Government Affairs Institute at The Brookings
Institution, for contributing their exceptionally canny overview of the mood
and political changes on Capitol Hill, as they have done for the previous two editions;
Mr. Mike Hammon, assistant to
Representative Jane Harman (D-Calif.), and Lt. Col. Barry Levy, USAF,
legislative fellow in the office of Representative J. C. Watts (R-Okla.),
for their staff views from Capitol Hill; and
Mr. Larry Zimmer, Professor of
Financial Management, DSMC, for the second time he has provided changes and
new directions in the appropriations process and budget.
The author also thanks Ms. Christina Shinn of DSMC's
Acquisition Policy Department for her administrative support of this Fourth Edition.