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Source Selection in DoD: A Comparison of Procedures and Techniques.
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DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL FORT BELVOIR VA
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This study compares existing higher headquarters source selection policy and procedures for system acquisition within each service and DoD including planning, the solicitation document, evaluation, negotiations and award. The study highlights major attempts within each service to dissemminate source selection related policy and lessons learned. DoD needs to update its policy on source selection to reflect the management philosophy of DoDD 5000.1. Service implementation was found to differ 1 greatly in degree of implementation 2 in the dedication and success in simplifying the RFP and 3 in philosophy concerning use of technical transfusions during negotiations. The author recommends more guidance to less-than-major programs greater emphasis and weight to evaluations of contractor management creation of full-time source selection staff assistance increased involvement of industry in the requirements and RFP development and recognition in law, as well as in fact, of negotiation as a preferred contracting method for systems acquisition in lieu of formal advertising.
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