Performance-Based Acquisition: A Better Way?

Hoexter, David
February 2006
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Feb2006, Vol. 132 Issue 2, p32
Conference Proceeding
This article presents information about the process of performance-based acquisition. It is a method of contracting wherein government program managers describe the results they seek to achieve, rather than tell the contractor how to do the work. In this approach, the government does not specify how the results are to be achieved, and the industry is free to devise unique and ingenious solutions. Benefits of the process include: government is released from having to develop detailed specifications and performance risk also decreases. A U.S. Defense Department-wide goal required that 50% of Fiscal Year 2005 dollars for eligible services be awarded by way of performance-based contracts.


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