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    Can a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) be used in place of a Statement of work (sow)? If not, What is the true difference between a MOA and a SOW?


    Generally speaking, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and State of Work (SOW) perform two distinct functions and cannot be substituted for each other.  The focus of the MOA is to establish roles, responsibilities, and procedures between stakeholders for the execution of a program or some other organizational objectives.  The SOW, on the other hand, is normally a response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) between organizations or the contractor.  The SOW highlights or identifies what other work that needs to be accomplish that is not specifically identified in the RFP.  Additionally, the SOW is generally thought of as “how” the task will be accomplished. 

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