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Contracts & Legal

Business Clearance

Business Clearance is the formal approval from leadership to execute a contract after negotiations have been finalized. It’s accomplished by a contracting officer that develops a draft and final Price-Negotiation Memorandum (PNM) or Price-Competitive Memorandum (PCM) to be submitted for approval. Definition: Business Clearance is the formal authorization from leadership to execute a contract following the …

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Software Management

Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Process

The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Process is the structured approach to developing software for a system or project. There are several approaches (see Software Development Approaches) that can be used to include waterfall, spiral and incremental development. These different approaches will focus the testing effort at different points in the development process. However, each …

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Contracts & Legal

Cooperative Agreement

A Cooperative Agreement is a legal instrument used to enter into a relationship between the government and the recipient when carrying out the activity contemplated by the cooperative agreement. A cooperative agreement is used when it’s expected there will be “substantial involvement” (unlike a grant) from the government. Definition: A legal instrument reflecting a relationship between …

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Acquisition Process

Challenge-Based Acquisition

Challenged-Based Acquisition (ChBA) is an approach that allows Government agencies to present challenges (Needs) through an incentivized competition to providers and let those providers present innovative solutions to those challenges. The Government then selects solutions based on demonstrated capability rather than on the basis of written proposals alone. The selected solution is often then procured …

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Acquisition Process

DoD Instruction 5000.85 Major Capability Acquisition

DoD Instruction 5000.85 “Major Capability Acquisition” establishes policy and procedures that guide the acquisition of major capability acquisition programs including: Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs); Other programs categorized as Acquisition Category (ACAT); Major systems, usually categorized as ACAT II; Automated information systems (AIS) (not managed by other acquisition pathways); and Other capabilities developed via the …

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Test & Evaluation

Qualification Test and Evaluation (QT&E)

Qualification Test and Evaluation (QT&E) is performed by government test representatives and is a tailored type of DT&E for which there is little to no RDT&E-funded development effort. It validates how a system integrates into its intended environment, how it meets specified requirements in accordance with the approved design, and how it meets performance standards. …

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Contracts & Legal

10 USC 2373 “Procurement for Experimental Purposes”

Title 10 Section 2373 “Procurement of Experimental Purposed” is a rapid acquisition tool for fielding and testing new capabilities. Organizations must request delegations of authority to utilize 2373. Since FAR and DFARS don’t apply to section 2373 projects can be streamlined avoiding non-value-added processes. Section 2373 authority can be combined with other authorities such as …

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Contracts & Legal

Best-In-Class

Best-in-Class (BIC) is designated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a preferred governmentwide solution that: Allows acquisition experts to take advantage of pre-vetted, governmentwide contract solutions; Supports a governmentwide migration to solutions that are mature and market-proven; Assists in the optimization of spend, within the governmentwide category management framework; and Increases the …

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Acquisition Process

Simplified Acquisition Management Plan

A Simplified Acquisition Management Plan (SAMP) describes a program’s overall acquisition approach. It describes the management framework, provides a vehicle for obtaining required statutory and regulatory approvals, and documents waivers. The SAMP serves as the formal Acquisition Strategy for programs that do not require a separate Acquisition Strategy in accordance with the Defense Federal Acquisition …

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