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Government-wide Guidance

Office of Federal Procurement Policy:

FY 2008 Performance-Based Acquisition Performance Goals," OFPP Memo, December 5, 2007

Appropriate Use of Incentive Contracts" OFPP Memorandum to Chief Acquisition Officers and Senior Procurement Executives, December 4, 2007

Using Performance-Based Acquisition to Meet Program Needs -- Performance Goals, Guidance, and Training, OFPP Memorandum to Chief Acquisition Officers and Senior Procurement Executives, May 22, 2007

Memorandum for Chief Acquisition Officers and Senior Procurement Executives, The Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Program, OFPP, January 20, 2006

"Management Oversight of Service Contracting," OFPP Policy Letter 93-1

"A Report on the Performance-Based Service Contracting Pilot Project," May 1998.

"Performance-Based Service Contracting (PBSC) Solicitation/Contract/Task Order Review Checklist."

OFPP Memorandum, Subject: PBSC Checklist

OFPP Pamphlet No. 4, "A Guide for Writing and Administering Performance Statements of Work for Service Contracts."
This document, issued in 1980, has been superseded by more recent guidance issued by OFPP. However, it contains helpful guidance and information and is posted for that reason.

OFPP PBSC for Automated Data Processing (ADP) Maintenance Services

OFPP PBSC for Software Development Contracts

OFPP PBSC for Telephone Call Center Operations

OFPP PBSC for Language Training Services

Agency Guidance and Other Resources

Department of the Air Force,
"Air Force Instruction 63-124, Performance-Based Services Acquisition," August 1, 2005.

Department of the Air Force,
"Statement of Objectives (SOO) Preparation Guide," Hanscom Air Force Base.

Department of the Army,
"Constructing Successful Business Relationships: Innovation in Contractual Incentives," Department of Defense, Defense Acquisition University Community of Practice.

Department of Defense,
" Defense Acquisition Guidebook," 2004.

Department of Defense,
"Guidebook for Performance-Based Services Acquisition (PBSA) in the Department of Defense" December 2000.

Department of Defense, Defense Systems Management College,
"Implementing Acquisition Reform: A Case Study on Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM)" May 1998.

Department of Defense,
"Handbook for Preparation of Statement of Work," MIL-HDBK-245D (verified as current 5 April 00).

Department of Defense, Defense Standardization Program:
"Performance Specification Guide," SD15, June 29, 1995 ("Word" document)

Department of Defense Memorandum,
"Performance Based Services Acquisition (PBSA)," April 5, 2001.

Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Acquisition Reform,
"User's Guide to Performance Based Payments," November 30, 2001.

Department of Energy,
"Energy's Performance-Based Management Special Interest Group," 2005.

Department of Energy,
"Performance-Based Contracting Guide," June 1998.

Department of Navy,
"Performance Assessment User Guide."

Department of Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command
"Guide Performance Work Statement (GPWS) for Custodial Services," July 2001.

Department of Navy, Navy Acquisition Reform Office,
"Service Contracting: A Desk Guide to Best Practices," 1998.

Department of Navy, Seaport Guidance
"Conversion to a Performance Based Service Contract."

Department of State,
"Department of State's Foreign Affairs Manual, Guidance on the Performance Work Statement (PWS)," December 2005.

Department of the Treasury,
"Performance-Based Service Contracting," by Ronne Rogin

National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
"Statement of Work: Guidance for Writing Work Statements," December 1997

GAO and IG Reports

GAO Report No. GAO-06-66,
"DEFENSE ACQUISITIONS: DOD Has Paid Billions in Award and Incentive Fees Regardless of Acquisition Outcomes," December, 2005.

Department of Defense Inspector General,
"Contracts for Professional, Administrative, and Management Support Services," D-2000-100, March 10, 2000.
Summary: The primary objective of this IG audit "was to evaluate procurement procedures for professional, administrative, and management support services" as well as related management control programs.

Department of Defense Inspector General Report,
"Performance-Based Service Contract for Environmental Services at the Navy Public Works Center, San Diego, CA," D-2007-079, April 3, 2007.
Summary: This report on an OMB A-76 public-private competition (competitive sourcing) for the environmental services identifies issues with the management of the performance-based service contract.

GAO decision on protest regarding content of a PWS, August 19, 2005.

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