The Contract Management Body of Knowledge: A Comparison of Contracting Competencies
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Contract management is instrumental in supporting the mission of the Department of Defense DoD but continues to face significant problems with regard to management and oversight. The skills and training of contracting personnel continues to be a contributing factor to DoD s contracting deficiencies. Additionally, as the DoD and other federal agencies continue to lose experienced contracting personnel due to retirement, the contracting knowledge gap continues to widen. In response to increasing knowledge deficiencies in contract management, DoD and other federal agencies have put more emphasis on training and certification. Despite this, contract management problems continue to exist. Perhaps the training received by the workforce does not reflect basic contracting competencies and perhaps contracting competencies between the government and industry are inconsistent. This research conducted a detailed comparative analysis of the contracting competencies established by the DoD, the Federal Acquisition Institute FAI, and the National Contract Management Association NCMA. It identified similarities and differences in the models and competencies.
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