Acquisition Process

Single Acquisition Management Plan (SAMP)

A Single Acquisition Management Plan (SAMP), “sometimes referred to as a Simplified Acquisition Management Plan,” 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 Regulations Supplement (DFARS).  The Systems Engineering Plan (SEP), risk management, test strategy, and contract execution approaches are integrated into the SAMP, allowing stakeholders to review their functional areas in the right context while avoiding redundant sections.

Single Acquisition Management Plan (SAMP) Content

The SAMP should combine and simplify document requirements as needed by the Program Manager (PM) and agreed to by the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA). The SEMP must address the acquisition strategy, Systems Engineering Plan (SEP), program issues, and contract execution approach. Program SAMPs must meet statutory and regulatory requirements for each milestone and other decision points during the acquisition process in compliance with DoD Instruction 5000.02 “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System.”

Mandate Use of a Single Acquisition Management Plan (SAMP):

  • Check with your agency for current SAMP use guidance
  • Army: New Acquisition Category (ACAT) III programs and selected ACAT II programs delegated to Program Executive Officers (PEO) default to using SAMP unless the program’s needs dictate otherwise. All ACAT IV programs must use a SAMP. [1]
  • Air Force: Don’t know
  • Navy: Don’t know

SOFARS PART 5607-1 Acquisition Planning [2]

Single Acquisition Management Plan (SAMP) – Describes a program’s overall program strategy per the USSOCOM D 70-1. The acquisition strategy, Systems Engineering Plan (SEP), program issues, and contract execution approaches are integrated into the SAMP. The Single Acquisition Management Plan Template may be used in lieu of a separate AP as long as all of the elements required by the FAR and DFARS are contained in the SAMP. Some programs will also require a separate AP or SEP. These documents should be referenced in the SAMP with final conclusions, recommendations, or summaries incorporated where appropriate.


  • SOFARS = Special Operations Federal Acquisition Regulation System

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Updated: 1/4/2023

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