About the Services Acquisition Directorate

The Services Acquisition Directorate is responsible for developing, implementing, governing and executing the acquisition oversight framework of services, and for the championing of strategic sourcing policy and initiatives, for the Department of Defense (DOD). Services acquisitions have accounted for more than half of all DOD contracting dollars spent in support of the Warfighter in recent years. Services Acquisition is responsible to ensure the proper process execution of services procurement results in the best value at the most reasonable cost.

A relatively new organization, Services Acquisition (DPAP/SA) is tasked to improve the tradecraft in the acquisition of services. Contracted services continue to represent over 50 percent of the Department of Defense’s total contract spending. As much of the spend is executed in smaller contracts, the DoD wishes to improve its oversight capabilities, develop an expert understanding of where services dollars are spent, and use the knowledge of services tradecraft to make strategic decisions about how to most efficiently meet the needs of the Warfighter. Better Buying Power 2.0, tasked DPAP/SA to:

  • Coordinate improvements with Military Department and 4th Estate senior managers for acquisition of services
  • Measure productivity using the DoD services taxonomy
  • Improve requirements definition/prevent requirements creep
  • Increase effective use of market research
  • Strengthen contract management outside the normal acquisition chain – installations, etc.
  • Expand use of requirements review boards and tripwire


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