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Definition of Best Practices: Best practices, as defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 37.501, are techniques that agencies may use to help detect problems in the acquisition, management and administration of service contracts. For DoD, the DAG, Chapter 10, Acquisition of Services is a great start and for federal civilian agencies, see Steps to Performance-Based Acquisition (SPBA). Government Best Practices publications are prepared by various government agencies to assist the entire services acquisition community - both inside and outside government - in coming to agreement on expectations and standards for carrying out services acquisitions. As government agencies implement reinvention policies, they may develop promising practices that may be applied by other organizations, thus becoming Best Practices (see DAU's Powerful Examples Collection). Similarly, Industry Best Practices are unique and innovative ways industry makes sound business decisions and contracts for services they need. Best Practices are not legal documents, but may be viewed as persuasive guidance in the management and administration of government contracts.This section will highlight some informative best practice guides, case studies, white papers, learning material, factsheets, etc., to share with the acquisition community.
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