Civilian agencies obligated over 5 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 athttp://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.
2. Compare and contrast how these same three (3) agencies have established policies that set different requirements and levels of oversight for acquisition planning. 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: • 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. • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s 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: • Analyze the planned actions in soliciting and awarding contracts and make recommendations to ensure the government agency is in compliance with the FAR requirements. • Use technology and information resources to research issues in government contract law. • Write clearly and concisely about government contract law using proper writing mechanics.

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