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Updated MIL-HDBK-245E Preparation of a SOW

In case you may not have noticed, the MIL-HDBK-245 Preparation of Statement of Work (SOW) was, for the first time in more than 25 years, updated earlier this year. According to the ASSIST Quick…

Updated MIL-HDBK-245E Preparation of a SOW

Updated MIL-HDBK-245E Preparation of a SOW
Bill Kobren
In case you may not have noticed, the MIL-HDBK-245 Preparation of Statement of Work (SOW) was, for the first time in more than 25 years, updated earlier this year. According to the ASSIST Quick Search website, “this handbook applies to the preparation of a SOW for organizations acquiring deliverables and/or services. A SOW describes the essential and technical requirements for items, materials, or services including standards used to determine whether requirements have been met.”

Note the differences between a Statement of Work (SOW) and a Performance Work Statement (PWS) or a Statement of Objectives (SOO). Additional details are available in the Federal Acqusition Regulation (FAR), as well as our WSM 009 Work Statement Workshop (SOW, SOO, PWS) and WSM 010 Statement of Work Workshop.