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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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