A Data Call is a response by a Program Manager (PM) to solicit/collect data and/or information from contractor(s) or other government organizations. The data can be used to help the government develop requirements, standards, databases, Request for Proposals (RFP) or conduct analysis. In response to a data call, Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) candidate items are developed for the information that is needed. Most are developed to fit under standard Data Item Descriptions (DIDs).

A Data Call maybe initiated in Preliminary planning activities that require the specific collection of data and information, its analysis, and documentation prior to the public announcement for a competition.

The Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering) ASD(R&E) annually issues a Data Call to collect data for the Research and Engineering (R&E) Database and to satisfy the requirements of the E-Gov. Act of 2002.

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