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White graduation cap icon WSM 019   Source Selection Authority (SSA) Workshop

Source Selection Authority (SSA) Workshop

This executive level workshop provides each attendee with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a Source Selection Authority (SSA). Through real world exercises, simulations, and lessons the learners will practice SSA responsibilities in a non-attribution environment.

Specific lessons cover:

  • Acquisition ethics
  • Selection approaches (Full Tradeoff, Lowest Price Technically Acceptable, Value Adjusted Total Evaluated Price)
  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluation factor development
  • Discussions vs clarifications
  • Competitive range determinations
  • Writing a source selection decision document
  • Debriefings
  • Records retention
  • Protests

Upon completion, participants can expect the following critical performance behaviors to result from this workshop:

  • Select appropriate source selection procedures for the acquisition that they are executing
  • Design a Source Selection Organization that is appropriate for executing their source selection
  • Determine if the proposed source selection evaluation factors and subfactors are appropriate for the acquisition
  • Write a sound Source Selection Decision Document (SSDD) substantiation their award decision


It is recommended that attendees complete CLC 007 entitled Contract Source Selection, but not required.



Current Source Selection Authorities (SSAs) and individuals that could be assigned SSA responsibilities.


  • Fee-For-Service arrangements may be required.
  • To inquire about or request this course for your organization, click the Apply for Course button in the upper right corner.
  • The CLPs referenced above presume off-the-shelf delivery.
  • Approximately 2 hours of Read-a-head information and Homework