Acquisition of Services

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Each page in this pathway presents a wealth of curated knowledge from acquisition policies, guides, templates, training, reports, websites, case studies, and other resources. It also provides a framework for functional experts and practitioners across DoD to contribute to the collective knowledge base. This site aggregates official DoD policies, guides, references, and more.

DoD and Service policy is indicated by a BLUE vertical line.

Directly quoted material is preceeded with a link to the Reference Source.




Reference Source: DoDI 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services


ASD(A) Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition
BCA business case analysis
CAE Component Acquisition Executive
CC SRG Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide
CCA Clinger-Cohen Act
CIO Chief Information Officer
CSP cloud service provider
DAG Defense Acquisition Guidebook
DAU Defense Acquisition University
DESMF DoD Enterprise Service Management Framework
DFARS Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
DoDD DoD directive
DoDI DoD instruction
DPC Defense Pricing and Contracting
ELAs Enterprise License Agreements
FAR Federal Acquisition Regulation
FSM Functional Services Manager
IDIQ indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity
IT information technology
JELA Joint Enterprise License Agreement
MILDEP Military Department
MFT multi-functional team
OMB Office of Management and Budget
OSBP Office of Small Business Programs
PA provisional authorization
PWS performance work statement
R&D research and development
SAE Service Acquisition Executive
SAW Services Acquisition Workshop
S-CAT services acquisition category
SRRB Services Requirements Review Board
SSM Senior Services Manager
U.S.C. United States Code
USD(A&S) Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Additional Resource:
DAU Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms 




Reference Source: DoDI 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services


acquisition value The total price or total estimated cost of the contract or task order, including the base period and all options.


best-in-class A contract vehicle that has been designated by the OMB as a preferred government-wide solution that:
Allows acquisition experts to take advantage of pre-vetted, government-wide contract solutions.
Supports a government-wide migration to solutions that are mature and market-proven.
Assists in the optimization of spend, with the government-wide category management framework.
Increases the transactional data available for agency-level and government-wide analysis of buying behavior.


bundling As defined in Subpart 2.101 of the FAR.


classified acquisition An acquisition in which offerors must have access to classified information to properly submit an offer or quotation, to understand the performance requirements, or to perform the contract.


cloud computing A model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.


Contractual Services Manager  A senior acquisition professional in the organization that facilitates and oversees the acquisition of services contracts in a strategic manner.


decision authority The individual responsible for ensuring a proposed services acquisition is consistent with DoD’s policies, procedures, and best practices guidelines for the acquisition of services through approval of the acquisition strategy.


Fourth Estate DoD Components that do not belong to one of the three MILDEPs. This includes organizations such as Defense Agencies, Defense Field Activities, OSD offices, the Joint Staff, Unified Combatant Commands, and others.


FSM The lead for developing, coordinating, and resourcing the requirement and overseeing it throughout the acquisition process. Functional Leader Serves as the subject matter expert for the functional and competencyarea.


insourcing The conversion of any currently contracted service or function to a DoD civilian or military performance, or a combination thereof.


IT services The performance of any services work related to IT and the operation of IT, including National Security Systems. This includes outsourced IT-based business processes, outsourced IT, and outsourced information functions.


MFT Team composed of representatives from appropriate functional disciplines working together and supporting the FSM to create successful acquisition of services, identify and resolve issues, and make sound and timely recommendations to facilitate decision-making.


nonpersonal services contract As defined in Subpart 37.101 of the FAR.


procurement request package A set of documents that describe the required services and supplies so that a procurement can be initiated by the contracting office, and when accepted, becomes the basis for a solicitation. It may include, but is not limited to, the PWS, market research report, acquisition strategy or plan, quality assurance surveillance plan, and independent government cost estimate.


requiring activity The organization charged with meeting a mission and delivering requirements. The requiring activity is responsible for obtaining funding or developing the program objective memorandum. The requiring activity may also be the organizational unit that submits a written requirement or statement of need for services required by a  contract. The requiring activity is responsible for delivering the services to meet the mission if a contract is not in effect. Finally, the requiring activity provides a trained and qualified contracting officer’s representatives capable of determining whether services contract requirements are being performed in accordance with the contract.


SAW A facilitated workshop built around a specific acquisition and it’s MFT. The SAW facilitation team mentors and guides the MFT in
developing their acquisition planning, market research, performance requirements, request for proposals, source selection process, and
contractor performance assessment planning and execution documents.


senior official The authority responsible for the acquisitions of services within or for an organization.


service contract As defined in Subpart 37.101 of the FAR.


software maintenance as a service Software maintenance as a service creates, designs, implements, or integrates customized changes to software that solve one or more service problems and is not included with the price of the software. Software maintenance as a service includes person-to-person communications regardless of the medium used to communicate: telephone support, on-line technical support, customized support, and/or technical expertise which are charged commercially. Software maintenance as a service is billed arrears in accordance with Section 3324 of Title 31, U.S.C.


special interest Services that, by their nature or the circumstances related to their acquisition, deserve increased attention or care during planning, review, approval, and oversight.


SSM With respect to the acquisition of services, the individual at the general or flag officer or Senior Executive Service level appointed by the DoD Component senior official to be responsible for governance in planning, execution, strategic sourcing, and management of service acquisitions.