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1 - 10 of 76 Questions and Answers on "services acquisition"
Performance-Based Services Acquisition Exemption and COR Requirement       Posted On: 11/5/2015 3:59:00 PM
Q: Since I have exemption for the PBSA requirement do I still have to have a COR for this requirement? Is there another exemption for the COR requirement?
A: Unfortunately (or rather fortunately) your scenario is not one that is exempt from designating a COR(s).  It has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not this is a PBSA.   You were in the right place though; the guidance for a contracting officer to determine if/when a COR needs to ...

Service Acquisition Strategy vs Program Acquisition Strategy that addresses Engineering Service Contract       Posted On: 2/26/2016 4:52:00 PM
Q: Am I required to do the Service Acquisition Strategy even if I am a PEO managed program and have program Acq Strategy that references my engineering services, contract type, and etc?
A: There is lots of DoD policy and guidance on the acquisition process (Weapons and Services), and it is almost always supplemented by Services and/or Agency-specific guidance.  Based on what you submitted, one could understand the argument where you might not be "required" to complete a ...

DFAR 237.170 states all service acquisitions under $78.5 million must be performance based       Posted On: 7/25/2008 12:00:00 AM
Q: Is there any relief from the DFAR guidance based on the types of contracts used, and the lack of administrative personnel?
A: There is no relief from the DFARS guidance based on the type of contracts used, or the lack of administrative personnel. With fixed price, cost reimbursement, time and material, or labor hour contract the Government is acquiring an effort with stated results or outcomes. Government contract quali ...

Performance Based Service Acquisition       Posted On: 9/4/2008 12:00:00 AM
Q: Is there a basic format for the actual solicitation analysis?
A: The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) does not use the term solicitation analysis nor does it prescribe a form for a solicitation analysis.  It should be noted that the FAR definition for solicitation as found in section 2.101 is, Solicitation means any request to submit offers or quotati ...

Performance Based Service Acquisition       Posted On: 3/29/2010 5:14:00 PM
Q: Doesn't the fact that we reference technical orders and regulations in the PWS conflict with PBSA since we are telling the contractor how to do the job?
A: We often have this question/issue in the performance-based arena.  It seems contradictory and, in fact, it IS a bit.  I'm sure if we tossed out ALL of the rule books, contractors could come up with some truly innovative ways to get things done. But then our environment and our laws, and others, ...

Assignment of Program Managers to Service Acquisitions       Posted On: 10/16/2014 2:21:00 PM
Q: Are you aware of any guidance or regulation that recommends/requires the assignment of a Program Manager for service acquisitions valued at $10M or more?
A: There is no mandatory PM usage directive in any of the Services policy letters on Acquisition of Services.   See the DPAP site,   Services Acquisition staff members have worked over a year in drafting and editing a new Department of ...

DoDI 5000.02 dated 2013 and 2015       Posted On: 1/10/2017 4:37:00 PM
Q: Where in the DoDI 5000.02 dated 2015 covers the topics of Acquisition of Services? Why is it not its own enclosure?
A: DoDI 5000.02, December 08, Enclosure 9, Acquisition of Services, remained in effect until new regulatory guidance could be issued in the services acquisition area.  The Interim DoDI 5000.02, 26 November 2013 stated this fact as noted above in its Reference section as follows:   R ...

Market Research       Posted On: 12/19/2016 12:53:00 PM
Q: Do you have a more recent version of your Market Research Guide? What you have on your website is version 1.0 April 2012.
A: The latest version (updated March 2017) is available at the following link:

Is the SCA applicable to GSA schedule service acquisitions?       Posted On: 1/22/2014 4:15:00 PM
Q: Is the Services Contract Act of 1965 applicable to acquisitions made under a GSA schedule if it is going to be on a T&M basis and not FFP?
A: If the Service Contract Act applies to the Firm Fixed Price effort, then it also applies to the same work using a Time and Material contract type.  Contract type does not change the applicability of the SCA.  Please see FAR 22.1003, which states that the contract type is not determinative ...

How to monitor CPFF type contracts.       Posted On: 8/15/2014 3:32:00 PM
Q: What is the best surveillance for CPFF type contracts / task orders to ensure cost, labor category and manhours are appropriate?
A: I suggest that you and your Program Manager visit the Services Acquisition Mall to develop a PWS with measureable outcomes and an associated QASP I would definitely include a requirement for a Cost Funds Status Report as one management/surveillance tool. I don't know the dollar ...