An Assessment of Air Force Data on Contract Expenditures by Lloyd S. Dixon

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By Lloyd S. Dixon

Assesses the adequacy and accuracy of knowledge from the person Contracting motion file shape, sometimes called the DD350, for carrying out an expenditure research.

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These actions are generally for subsystems and specific items, which involve smaller dollar amounts that are less likely to involve multiple activities. 5 raise the question of how much more information could be “captured” by the DD350 if the form allowed the inclusion of more than one PSC (with corresponding dollar amounts) to describe a contract action. 3 Considering Air Force FY02 DD350 data as a whole, allowing only one PSC to describe contract actions prevents an accurate characterization of 5 to 11 percent of the total contract dollars, or roughly $2 billion to $5 billion.

Percentages of Air Force FY02 DD350 contract dollars that are made by contract actions that require more than one PSC to fully describe the purchase. 6 illustrates that even though the criteria we used to determine whether multiple PSCs are required are fairly loose (the PSCs must differ at the first character), the need for multiple PSCs is widespread. For example, our analyses indicate that 29 percent of the ______________________________________________________ with a 2. The other goods category covers PSCs beginning with a number other than 1 or 2.

Prototypes for research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E). Should prototypes be considered part of the RDT&E activity (A) or considered as goods? , if they were part of the RDT&E process. • Production follow-on to a contract that was originally for the purchase of RDT&E. Should this activity continue to be coded as an RDT&E activity (A), or should it be switched to a produc- Research Methodology 25 tion activity (goods code)? For our analysis, we chose the latter option. • Contractor Logistics Support (CLS).

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