News Archive - 2013

NOV. 25, 2013

BBP 2.0 Update: Assess Service Acquisition Workshop (SAW) Effectiveness

DPAP/SA commissioned an evaluation of the Service Acquisition Workshop (SAW) and Acquisition Requirements Roadmap Tool (ARRT) effectiveness in developing services statements of work (SOW) and facilitating services acquisitions as required by BBP 2.0. This presentation provides the results briefed to the BSIG on 24 Oct 2013.

SEP. 9, 2013

CSIS Issues Report on Federal Services Industrial Base

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has released a report on the "Structure and Dynamics of the U.S. Federal Services Industrial Base, 2000-2012."* CSIS studies conducted over the past eight years tracked and reported on trends in the services industry for all federal services contracts. This report includes an analysis of the trends over time, a discussion of the decline in federal services contract spending that began in 2010, and projections for federal services contracts over the next three years, through 2015.

*The Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) Office website provides this non-government website link as a public service only. DPAP neither endorses nor guarantees in any way the external organizations, services, advice, or products included in this website link. DPAP neither controls nor guarantees the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of the information contained in non-government website links.

AUG. 21, 2013

FY12 Scorecards Available for Services and Supplies & Equipment (S&E)

FY12 scorecards for Services and S&E (in terms of both total awards and total spend) are now available at Access to the webpage is restricted to individuals with Common Access Cards (CACs).

Spend analysis reports by portfolio group for FY09 through FY11, Eschelon III and IV spend analyses for FY11, and scorecards for FY11, are also available on the CAC-restricted webpage.

JUL. 26, 2013

GAO Recommends Establishing Goals and Metrics for Service Acquisition

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in its 6/27/13 report titled “Goals and Associated Metrics Needed to Assess Progress in Improving Service Acquisition,” recommends that DoD establish baseline data, specific goals for improving service acquisition, and associated metrics to assess its progress.

According to the report, in FY 2012, DoD obligated more than $186 billion for contracted services, making it the Federal Government’s largest buyer of services. The report found that, while the Department has taken several actions over the past decade to address legislative requirements to improve the acquisition and management of services, it is not yet positioned to determine what effects these actions have had on improving service acquisition. Specifically, the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) (USD[AT&L]) has not identified specific goals and associated metrics that would enable DoD to assess progress toward achieving those goals.

DoD concurred with the report’s three recommendations and is taking steps to correct the GAO findings. In accordance with the USD(AT&L) Better Buying Power 2.0 Initiative, the Department has undertaken specific goals to improve services acquisition tradecraft and assess its progress. These goals include adopting uniform services market segmentation, improving requirements definition, increasing market research and small business participation, strengthening contract management outside the normal acquisition chain, and expanding use of requirements review boards and tripwire metrics.

As these efforts continue to create improvement in DoD’s management of services acquisition, the Department will be better positioned to measure performance, track productivity trends, and establish consistent best practices in services acquisition.

For more details on how the Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) Services Acquisition Directorate is improving tradecraft in the acquisition of services, refer to our “About Services Acquisition” page.

JUN. 25, 2013

USD(AT&L) Calls for Improving Tradecraft in Acquisition of Services under Better Buying Power 2.0

DoD’s Better Buying Power (BBP) 2.0 initiative strives to increase efficiencies in Defense spending in order “to do more without more.” The scope of this effort involves the use of many acquisition tools, including strategic sourcing.

In his November 13, 2012, memorandum, Better Buying Power 2.0: Continuing the Pursuit for Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending, the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) introduced a preliminary version of BBP 2.0, highlighting 36 initiatives organized into 7 focus areas.

One of these focus areas is to “Improve Tradecraft in Acquisition of Services.” The memo explains that “Contracting for services is one of the areas which we believe has the greatest potential for cost reduction and improved efficiencies.” The related initiatives call for the Department to:

  • Assign senior managers for acquisition of services.
  • Adopt uniform services market segmentation.
  • Improve requirements definition; prevent requirements creep.
  • Increase use of market research.
  • Increase small business participation.
  • Strengthen contract management outside the normal acquisition chain – installations, etc.
  • Expand use of requirements review boards and tripwires.

Subsequently, the USD(AT&L) issued an Implementation Directive for Better Buying Power 2.0 – Achieving Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending, dated 24 April 2013. This memorandum highlights four overarching principles of BBP 2.0: (1) Think, (2) People, (3) Start with the basics, and (4) Streamline decisions. The directive includes an attachment of specific guidance and required actions to implement each of the BBP 2.0 initiatives set forth in the 13 November memorandum.

For details on how the Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) Services Acquisition Directorate is supporting BBP 2.0 by improving tradecraft in the acquisition of services, refer to our “About Services Acquisition” page.