Acquisition plans for service contracts or orders must describe the strategies for implementing performance-based acquisition methods or must provide rationale for not using those methods (see (1) Statement of need. Summarize the technical and contractual history of the acquisition. If appropriate, discuss the cost model used to develop life-cycle-cost estimates. Describe the design-to-cost objective(s) and underlying assumptions, including the rationale for quantity, learning-curve, and economic adjustment factors.Discuss feasible acquisition alternatives, the impact of prior acquisitions on those alternatives, and any related in-house effort. State all significant conditions affecting the acquisition, such as-- (i) Life-cycle cost. Describe how objectives are to be applied, tracked, and enforced.This includes ensuring that only necessary and cost-effective requirements are included, at the most appropriate time in the acquisition cycle, in solicitations and resulting contracts for the design, development, and production of new systems, or for modifications to existing systems that involve redesign of systems or subsystems. If contract performance is to be in a designated operational area or supporting a diplomatic or consular mission, the planner shall also consider inclusion of the combatant commander or chief of mission, as appropriate.“Life-cycle cost” means the total cost to the Government of acquiring, operating, supporting, and (if applicable) disposing of the items being acquired. The planner should review previous plans for similar acquisitions and discuss them with the key personnel involved in those acquisitions.
Specify the required capabilities or performance characteristics of the supplies or the performance standards of the services being acquired and state how they are related to the need. Describe the basis for establishing delivery or performance-period requirements (see ). (g) Writing plans either on a systems basis, on an individual contract basis, or on an individual order basis, depending upon the acquisition. (f) Ensuring that the statement of work is closely aligned with performance outcomes and cost estimates. A written plan shall be prepared for cost reimbursement and other high-risk contracts other than firm-fixed-price contracts, although written plans may be required for firm-fixed-price contracts as appropriate. (e) Establishing criteria and thresholds at which increasingly greater detail and formality in the planning process is required as the acquisition becomes more complex and costly, including for cost-reimbursement and other high-risk contracts (e.g., other than firm-fixed-price contracts) requiring a written acquisition plan.
(iii) Include consideration of small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business, and women-owned small business concerns (see part 19). (iii) Describe how competition will be sought, promoted, and sustained for spares and repair parts.