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


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.