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    With the above being stated in the Guidebook does that mean that an acquisition strategy that does not meet those dolllar values WOULD NOT need to include the infor\mation required in paragraphs 2.8.7.5.1 thru 2.8.7.5.16? Please advise what if any info is required for acquisitions below the dollar thresholds in Paragraph 2.8.7.5. If you are unable to answer this inquiry, please advise or direct to who will. Thanks


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    Let's tackle this in several steps.  First, note in DAG Chapter 2.7.1 "The

    Federal Acquisition Regulation requires acquisition planning for all Federal procurements..." and the DFAR goes on to supplement that with dollar figures.  Specifically the DFARS requires an Acquisition Plan (for contracts; not to be confused with the Acquisition Strategy) for all developmental contracts >$10M, and for all production and services contracts >$50M total or >$25M for any given fiscal year.  So if you exceed these figures, you must have an Acquisition Plan per the DFAR.  The DAG, Chapter 2.7 (Acquisition Strategy versus Acquisition Plan) reiterates those figures.  The DOD5000 series does not go into any detail on contract requirements (except for services contracts in DOD5000.02, Enclosure 9) because the FAR and DFARS do that for us.

     

    However, the DAG does draw a linkage between the strategy and the contract plan in Chapter 2.7  and again in Chapter 2.8 (Program Strategies) as you noted.  As such, the Acquisition Strategy includes all facets of your program to include the Acquisition Plan.  So the next step is to see what the DAG tells us.  Let's first look at a couple of key lines from the DAG Foreword. The second paragraph states  "The Defense Acquisition Guidebook is designed to complement those policy documents (the DOD5000 series) by providing the acquisition workforce with discretionary best practice that should be tailored to the needs of each program." 

     

    The next paragraph includes statements like "Acquisition professionals should use this Guidebook as a reference source supporting their management responsibilities... Some chapters contain general content... Some chapters may provide a tutorial... a chapter may contain general background information, tutorial discussions, and/or discussions of the detailed requirements for each milestone decision and phase..." but the key statement is probably the last one in that paragraph,"

     

    All chapters contain non-mandatory staff expectations for satisfying the mandatory requirements in DoD Instruction 5000.02".  Ergo, nothing in the DAG is "mandatory", but the reality is most staffs and MDA's are going to expect a similar level of planning and thought in every program, not just in the MDAP/MAIS programs.  In this case, it's really impossible to have an overarching acquisition strategy without a contracting plan.  And it follows if you are going to create an acquisition strategy program chart which depicts the major events in the acquisition functional areas (to include contracting), then you need to show contractual actions (RFP releases, award dates, types of contracts, source selection events) as a part of that integrated strategy. 

     

    And if that program chart is a graphical image of your written acquisition strategy (to include the contract plan), you'll need to include enough specifics to satisfy your MDA, even if they do not meet those $40M MDAP  and $17M MAIS thresholds in the non-mandatory, but best practices DAG.  While we could find no statutory or regulatory basis for the $40M or $17M figures it appears they are a "best practice" since they are in the DAG.  If you are below those figures here's the bottom line - you'll need enough contracting information in your acquisition strategy to satisfy staff and your MDA for your unique program.

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