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 Regulations Supplement (DFARS).  The Systems Engineering Plan (SEP), risk management, test strategy, and contract execution approaches are integrated into the SAMP which allows stakeholders to review their functional areas in the right context while avoiding redundant sections.

The SAMP should combine and simplify document requirements as needed by the Program Manager (PM) and agreed to by the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA). Program SAMPs must, however, meet statutory and regulatory requirements for each milestone and at other decision points during the acquisition process in compliance with DoD Instruction 5000.02 “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System”

Mandate use of Simplified 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 needs of the program dictate otherwise. All ACAT IV programs must use a SAMP. [1]
  • Air Force: Don’t know
  • Navy: Don’t know

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Updated: 7/17/2021

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