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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.

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Reference Source: Guidance from OUSD(A&S)

Q: What are the main changes from the DoDI 5000.74, 5 Jan 2016 to the newly published DODI 5000.74, 10 Jan 2020?

A: The main changes are:

  • Research and Development (R&D) Services and Construction services are exempt from DoDI 5000.74
  • Updated S-CAT Decision Authorities table 
  • Removed the term DoD Functional Domain Experts (FDEs) and Component Level Leads (CLLs)
  • Removed the requirement for “should cost” analysis
  • Incorporated Federal Category Structure and Component Portfolio Managers
  • Updated SRRB procedures
  • Incorporated reporting requirements for bridge contracts
  • Updated Clinger-Cohen Act compliance table

Q: What prompted the new DoDI?

A:  The following initiatives:

  • NDAA FY17, S. 803 (Modernization of Services Acquisition) – Changing nature of technology; Review professional services and portfolio groups
  • NDAA FY18, S. 851 (Improvements of Planning for Acquisition of Services) – Requirements evaluation; Avoiding bridge contracts
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports & recommendations:
    • GAO Report, GAO-17-482, “DEFENSE CONTRACT SERVICES. DoD Needs to Reassess Key Leadership Roles and Clarify Policies for Requirements Review Boards,” August 2017

Q: What is the Service Acquisition Mall (SAM)?

A: SAM provides a working-level understanding of the Seven Steps to Acquisition Services. SAM’s structured content helps you develop the fundamentals of your contract, including a performance work statement, statement of objectives, and a quality assurance surveillance plan. 

DAU Training for Acquisition of Services

Reference Source: ACE for Services, DAU training to Improve Services Acquisition

DAU Training and Continuous Learning Modules
  • ​ACQ 1650 Defense Acquisition of Services
  • ACQ 256 Services Acquisition Management Tools
  • ACQ 265 Mission Focused Services Acquisition
  • ACQ 305 Services Acquisition Management Office
  • CON 280 Source Selection and Administration of Services Contracts
  • CLB 008 Program Execution
  • CLC 004 Market Research
  • CLC 011 Contracting for the Rest of Us
  • CLC 013 Services Acquisition
  • CLC 064 Wage Determinations for Service and Construction Contracts
  • CLC 106 Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) with a Mission Focus
  • CLC 108 Strategic Sourcing Overview
  • CLC 135 Understanding Incentive and Other Contract Types
  • CLC 206 Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) in a Contingency Environment
  • CLC 222 Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) Online Training
  • CLE 028 Market Research for Engineering and Technical Personnel
  • CLE 083 Information Technology Service Management (ITSM)
  • CLM 003 Overview of Acquisition Ethics
  • CLM 006 IGCE for Services Acquisition
  • CLM 016 Cost Estimating
  • CLM 017 Risk Management
  • CON 121 Contract Planning
  • CON 124 Contract Execution
  • CON 127 Contract Management
  • CON 0150 Category Management Overview