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USD(A&S) established policy and guidance for the acquisition of services:

DoDI 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services, USD(A&S), 10 Jan 2020

Services Acquisition Workshop (SAW)

Reference Source: DoDI 5000.74 Defense Acquisition of Services, Section 4.2


Services acquisition requirements applicable to this issuance with a total contract value of $500 million or more or an annual value of $250 million or more must participate in a services acquisition workshop (SAW), or equivalent program, as provided by the DAU. For multiple award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts, a SAW is not required for the base contract, but is required for any task order valued at $100 million or more.  In cases where a SAW is required, it is required before a services acquisition strategy will be approved.

Reference Source: ACQuipedia, Services Acquisition Workshop

A SAW is a facilitated workshop built around a specific acquisition and its multi-functional team (MFT).  DAU recommends the SAW occur early when the MFT is in the planning phase in order to provide the most benefits. The workshop walks the MFT through the service acquisition process from beginning to end as detailed the Defense Acquisition Guidebook, Chapter 10, Acquisition of Services. For more complex, large dollar value, or high interest acquisitions the SAW is conducted as a multiphase consulting engagement over the course of the sourcing activities. The duration of less complex SAWs generally takes four days to complete. The SAW facilitation team mentors and guides the MFT in developing their acquisition planning, market research, performance requirements, request for proposal, source selection, and contractor performance assessment planning and execution documents. The Acquisition Requirements Roadmap Tool-Requirements Definition (ARRT-RD) is used to facilitate the development of high level objectives, task statements, performance standards and contractor assessment methods in a structured, disciplined and repeatable manner so that requirements are clear, concise and understandable to all stakeholders, including potential offerors.

For the SAW to be effective, all members of the acquisition team need to attend. However, the program manager, contracting officer, and contracting officer’s representatives (CORs) MUST attend the complete workshop. It should also be scheduled and conducted EARLY in the acquisition process before a requirement and acquisition strategy have been finalized. Other functional areas are also welcome to attend and contribute, but the SAW is focused on getting actual work accomplished and giving the team the tools (knowledge, skills and understanding) to continue the process through to completion.