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Acquisition Planning
Assignment 3: Acquisition Planning
Due Week 6 and worth 200 points
Civilian agencies obligated over $135 billion in fiscal year 2010 for
services--80 percent of total civilian spending on contracts. Services
acquisitions have suffered from inadequate planning, which puts budget,
schedule, and quality at risk. For this assignment, review GAO Report
titled, “Acquisition Planning: Opportunities to Build Strong Foundations
for Better Services Contracts,” GAO-11-672, August 9, 2011, located at
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11672.pdf.
Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:
1.Compare and contrast how the listed agencies, such as the
Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security
(DHS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
have carried out acquisition planning.
The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland
Security (DHS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) have set requirements for acquisition planning to balance any
oversights with time and administrative burden. These agencies require
written acquisition plans that are closely aligned with the elements
defined by the Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR). The establish
guidelines state that cost estimates and requirements documents must
be prepared during the acquisition planning. The guidelines for DHS and
NASA include considerations of lessons from the experiences of
previous contracts as part of the acquisition planning. Additionally, these
agencies have set different requirements for who must review and
approve acquisition planning documents, to avoid oversights (GAO,
2011)
2. Compare and contrast how these same three (3) agencies have
established policies that set different requirements and levels of
oversight for acquisition planning.

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* HHS and DHS generally require cost estimates before solicitation.14
NASA requires written acquisition plans to include cost estimates and
one component we reviewed requires cost estimates whether or not a
written acquisition plan is prepared.15 HHS, DHS, and NASA
components we reviewed have guidance available to help program
officials prepare cost estimates. USAID requires cost estimates for
programs. Cost estimates record the government’s assessment of a
contract’s most probable cost and can be used to make requirements
trade-offs in the acquisition planning process. Following acquisition
planning, the cost estimate can be used to check the reasonableness of
potential contractors’ proposals and negotiate prices.
HHS and DHS generally require cost estimates before solicitation.14
NASA requires written acquisition plans to include cost estimates and
one component we reviewed requires cost estimates whether or not a
written acquisition plan is prepared.15 HHS, DHS, and NASA
components we reviewed have guidance available to help program
officials prepare cost estimates. USAID requires cost estimates for
programs. Cost estimates record the government’s assessment of a
contract’s most probable cost and can be used to make requirements
trade-offs in the acquisition planning process. Following acquisition
planning, the cost estimate can be used to check the reasonableness of
potential contractors’ proposals and negotiate prices.
* DHS and NASA guidance include the consideration of lessons learned
in acquisition planning but HHS and USAID have not established
specific procedures or requirements that lessons learned be considered
as part of acquisition planning. NASA encourages incorporation of
lessons learned into directives, standards, and requirements, among
other aspects of acquisitions. In particular, source evaluation boards are
encouraged to document lessons learned, which may include aspects of
acquisition planning, and provide them to procurement office leadership.
NASA guidance further recommends discussions of these lessons
learned at planning meetings for subsequent contracts. After we
discussed our preliminary findings with DHS officials, DHS revised its
acquisition planning guidance in June 2011 to require written acquisition
plans to include a discussion of how lessons learned from previous
acquisitions impact the current acquisition, or provide a rationale if
historical information was not reviewed. HHS and the NASA components
we reviewed require that written acquisition plans include an acquisition
history. These histories may simply describe specific characteristics of

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previous related contracts, including contract type, total cost, and
contractor. None of the agencies require that an acquisition history
include knowledge gained from previous contracts or potential issues
that should be addressed in a new contract. In addition, none of the
agencies have procedures in place to assure that the contracting officer
reviews the acquisition history when written plans are not required to be
prepared.
3. List three (3) essential factors in acquisition planning and explain why
each is critical.
4. Analyze each of the agencies’ strategies for acquisition planning and
discuss how the agency’s strategy can create a competitive advantage.
5. Use at least three (3) high-quality academic resources in this
assignment to substantiate the policies that may have been enacted by
each of the agencies. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify
as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
1. Be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12),
with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or
school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional
instructions.
2. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the
student’s name, the professors name, the course title, and the date. The
cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page
length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment
are:
3. Analyze the planned actions in soliciting and awarding contracts and
make recommendations to ensure the government agency is in
compliance with the FAR requirements.
4. Use technology and information resources to research issues in
government contract law.
5. Write clearly and concisely about government contract law using
proper writing mechanics.

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