Accession Number : ADA621278


Title :   Too Good to be Used: Analyzing Utilization of the Test Program for Certain Commercial Items in the Air Force


Descriptive Note : MBA professional rept.


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY


Personal Author(s) : Fleharty, Matthew J ; Sharkey, Jr, John J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a621278.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 81


Abstract : The purpose of this project is to analyze the Air Force s usage rate of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 13.5 Test Program for Certain Commercial Items. FAR 13.500(b) requires contracting officers to maximize the use of the test program when practicable. In addition to the FAR mandate, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), found it is in the government s best interest to use the program. According to a GAO report conducted in February of 2014, titled Commercial Item Test Program Beneficial, but Actions Needed to Mitigate Potential Risks, the program improved contract lead-time and reduced required administration without an increase in overall risk to the government. Therefore, underutilization of the program will identify inefficiencies in the procurement process. This research seeks to use the Federal Procurement Data System Next Generation (FPDS NG) data to identify the usage rate of the FAR Subpart 13.5 Test Program for Certain Commercial Items in the Air Force and provide potential recommendations to increase and improve the test program s use.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT , *REGULATIONS , COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT , LEGISLATION , POLICIES , STATISTICS , UTILIZATION


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE