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Selected Trends in Contract Type Usage.
ARMY PROCUREMENT RESEARCH OFFICE FORT LEE VA
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Contracting managers are more effective if they can plan for the future rather than react to situations as they develop. Trend analysis is frequently a useful tool in forecasting future conditions and is used here to better understand expectations for future contracting. In order to ascertain the existence of contracting trends, it was thought to be beneficial to collect limited contracting-related data from FY 1975 through FY 1985 and analyze it. In the event trends were shown to exist, those trends that merited further investigation could be examined in more detail. The objectives of this study were to review and analyze contract type data for possible trends that provide insights or suggest areas for further investigation. The approach was to collect individual historical contract related data which is summarized by the DD 350 reports. The data was first compiled in table format. However, to enhance comparison of data points the final results are presented in line-chart format. These charts were analyzed for trends andor inflection points and are presented in this report. An attempt was then made to explain the causes of the trends and major changes without expending considerable resources.
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