Accession Number ADA564399
Title Improving Services Acquisition Tradecraft: Services Acquisition Is Not for Amateurs.
Publication Date Aug 2011
Media Count 6p
Personal Author J. Mueller P. Czech
Abstract The Department of Defense is one of the largest buyers of materials, goods, and services in the world. A majority of this effort is contracted out vice performed in house, including many types of services. In a trend that began in the early '90s, the amount of funds spent on services has grown at an accelerated rate as the U.S. military transformed itself a personnel/hardware- based force to an information-based force. In 2010, DoD purchased just over $200 billion in services from a total budget of more than $530 billion. If these purchases were concentrated as a single business unit, the 'DoD services unit' would rank as the third largest U.S. business, between ExxonMobil and Chevron, respectively. This entity is run by a collection of government employees stationed around the globe each trying to provide the warfighter with mission critical items. The challenge Carter issued to this distributed workforce is to increase our process efficiency so that funds can be reallocated to direct warfighter support and equipment modernization. His guidance is a call to action on improving business practices. One of the first challenges facing the services acquisition professionals in optimizing their processes is consolidating service activities into like categories. To assist this effort, Shay Assad, director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP), provided a definitive framework for DoD services in his memorandum on the taxonomy for the acquisition of services, Nov. 23, 2010. This framework grouped 33 activities into six large groups, providing the needed clarity for improving how each of these categories is acquired. Of the six groupings, three categories account for 74 percent of the total service acquisition budget. These three categories are Knowledge-Based, Facility-Related, and Equipment- Related Services. The remaining categories range from less than 1 to 10 percent of the total. We'll narrow our focus to these 'Big 3' groups.
Keywords Accountability
Advisory activities
Competition
Contracted services
Contracts
Department of defense
Engineering management
Equipment-related services
Facility-related services
Knowledge-based services
Logistics management
Maintenance
Military equipment
Military facilities
Military procurement
Optimization
Program management
Project management
Quality control
Reprints
Scientific research
Services acquisition
Training
Weapon systems maintenance


 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
74 - Military Sciences
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Defense Acquisition Univ., Fort Belvoir, VA.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note Journal article.
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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