Course Summary
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2 days (16 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 contract management


The course objective is to provide Project Managers (PMs), Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs), Business Managers, and other support personnel with the knowledge and skills to determine if a performance-based service acquisition (PBA) meets mission requirements and convert an existing contract to a PBA. Participants perform a job analysis, define performance standards, and expected outcomes, develop a performance requirements summary matrix and define acceptable quality levels, surveillance methods and incentives. At the end of the course, they develop a Performance Work Statement (PWS) and a statement of objectives (SOO) that will convert an existing effort to a PBA. NSA Subject Matter Experts teach the course and share their successful experiences with PBAs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • explain the seven steps in a PBA
  • describe the development of and uses for a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • state how job analysis is used in a PBA
  • differentiate between objective and subjective performance standards
  • classify the attributes of an acceptable performance standard
  • describe commercial quality standards
  • define Acceptable Quality Levels
  • define the contents and use of Performance Requirements Summary Matrix (PRSM)
  • explain the role of the Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP)
  • select the most effective incentive for your PBA effort
  • summarize the purpose and attributes of the Performance Work Statement (PWS) and the Statement of Objectives (SOO)
  • describe Source Selection and explain the Negotiated Procurement Process
  • explain post contract award events.
  • define the attributes of a performance based acquisition (PBA)

General Topics:

  • Forecasting
  • Job analysis
  • Contract analysis
  • Budgeting analysis
  • Financial analysis
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials