Accession Number : ADP002828

Title :   Contract Requirements: A Key to Controlling DoD Acquisition Costs,

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Doherty,F. E.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : This paper suggests that controlling contract requirements can hold the key to lowering DoD systems acquisition costs. It describes a proposed DoD initiative designed to help control imposition of non-cost-effective contract requirements in DoD contracts. Major recommendations from this report call for: a. Specifing in request for proposals (RFPs) and contracts what is needed, not how to accomplish it; b. requiring contractors to tailor during one phase for application to the next; c. not requiring referenced documents to be contractural unless specifically identified as such; d. ensuring that production specifications are not contractually applied to production; and e. providing incentives to program managers to encourage accomplishment of the recommendations cited above. This paper concludes that the key problem to be solved is bridging the gap between current DoD policy and practice.

Descriptors :   *Government procurement, *Contract administration, *Management planning and control, Requirements, Specifications, Cost effectiveness, Planning programming budgeting, Productivity, Acquisition, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE