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All Pentagon contracts should secure data rights, says advisory board

February 6, 2024

Edward Graham

Defense One


By Edward Graham, Defense One / February 6, 2024

Congress should require all Pentagon contracts to secure data rights from the vendor, the Defense Innovation Board says. 

“The current state of data access within DOD vendor agreements is fragmented and inconsistent,” the advisory board wrote in its most recent report, which includes suggested legislative text for the FY2025 National Defense Authorization Act that would "enshrine DOD data access and rights in all vendor agreements.”

An independent oversight committee that provides technology recommendations to the defense secretary and other senior Pentagon officials, the board was tasked in October 2023 by David Honey, defense undersecretary for research and engineering, to help the department improve its use of data. The study was cleared for public release on January 23.

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