Jaime Gracia replied to the topic Are there any reports or studies with data on the impact of bad requirements in PWSs and QASPs? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 6 years, 12 months ago
Steve – I believe you are working from a false assumption that the continued poor requirements development process is a direct function of “greener” 1102s. Granted that you will see continued poor performance as a direct result of this issue (see this article in the Washington Post), it would be difficult to make the one-for-one assumption that inexperienced 1102s are at fault.
The culprit is simply a war of attrition, as the top-quality KOs and CORs have been retiring or outnumbered by inexperienced personnel, combined with the large lot of KOs who can only be described as poor performers (i.e. KOs who do not understand the difference between FFP and T&M but are “senior” KOs in their organizations, CORs who threaten negative past performance because they incorrectly calculated labor costs that where off by a penny, KOs who threaten contract termination as the first step in discussions of perceived poor performance, etc).
Pick up any IG or GAO report, and you see the results of a poorly trained and qualified acquisition workforce across government. This is certainly a major driving force behind Better Buying Power v2.0 at DoD.
There is simply no magic bullet, but if one existed, it would be to improve industry and government communications and collaboration. With a combined and renewed focus on cooperation, industry could help shape better requirements, drive innovation, lower costs, and help educate the government in effective management and contracting.
Unfortunately, the “closed door” mentality is pervasive, and the MythBusters initiative has not had the desired effect of changing wrong-headed perceptions.
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