Accession Number : ADA325565

Title :   The Effects of Policy Guidance Emphasizing the Use of Parametric Methods in Cost Estimating.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Patton, James K.

PDF Url : ADA325565

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 297

Abstract : This study examines the potential impacts of the DoD emphasizing the use of parametric cost estimating methods or techniques in the acquisition process. As one of many initiatives to improve the DoD acquisition process through use of commercial practices, parametric cost estimating has the potential to be helpful in many applications for which it had never before been considered. This study, conducted through a questionnaire, personal interviews and a review of recently released publications from the DoD Joint Government/Industry Initiative, identifies areas of interest for those anticipating using parametric cost estimating methods and techniques. These areas include the Program Definition & Risk Reduction and Engineering & Manufacturing Development phases of program management as well as for many pre-award contract actions. The data from this thesis show that the majority of the personnel in the DoD acquisition community believe that parametric cost estimating methods can be used effectively in those areas. The data also show that the methods also may have applications in the Production, Fielding/Deployment & Operational Support phase of program management and post-award contract actions such as negotiating changes, forward pricing rate agreements, or analyzing claims.

Descriptors :   *PARAMETRIC ANALYSIS, *COST ESTIMATES, *MILITARY PROCUREMENT, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, POLICIES, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, CONTRACTS, ECONOMIC IMPACT, INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, THESES, COST MODELS, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, COST OVERRUNS, PRICE INDEX, MANAGEMENT BENCHMARKING.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE