Accession Number : AD0923129

Title :   A Case Study of the Usefulness of the Cost/Schedule Control System Criteria (C/SCSC).

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Zbylut, Robert S.

Report Date : SEP 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 136

Abstract : The Cost/Schedule Control System Criteria (C/SCSC) is the present standard method used by the department of Defense to monitor cost and progress of major acquisition programs. This research is a case study of one contractor and one such program. The objective is to determine the usefulness of C/SCSC to the management of the program. C/SCSC consists of a set of criteria which the internal management system of the contractor must meet. This research examined the general requirements for a system to comply with C/SCSC and examined the system of a single contractor. The three primary advantages from using C/SCSC are improved communications between managers in all organizations, improved visibility into the cost, progress, and management activities of the contractor, and forward planning of all required work. General limitations on usefulness of C/SCSC included problems concerning the meaning and timeliness of reports submitted, difficulty in analyzing the information, difficulty in determing schedule performance and difficulty in integrating the data with technical performance. Specific problems on this program included the completeness of information submitted, the value of problem analysis reports, and the accuracy of estimates at completion. C/SCSC produces much, but not all of the managment information required for managing cost and progress of a major acquisition program. The system fairly accurately portrays cost performance and variance but does not adequately handle schedule performance and variance. Information and knowledge from other sources is necessary in order to properly interpret and make use of the information provided by C/SCSC.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PROCUREMENT), (*MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, (*MONITORING, CONTRACTS), (*COST EFFECTIVENESS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE), MANAGEMENT, PLANNING, COSTS, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, HUMAN RELATIONS, SCHEDULING, EFFICIENCY, MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING, BUDGETS, OPERATIONS RESEARCH, THESES.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE