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Faces of Acquisition Planning

Civilian agencies have obligated over $135 billion in the fiscal year 2010 for services 805 of total civilian spending on contracts. Services acquisitions have suffered from inadequate planning, which puts the budget, schedule, and quality at risk. If reviewing the GAO Report titled "Acquisition Planning: Opportunities to build strong Foundations for better Services Contracts," GAO -11-672, August 9, 2011

1. What are the comparisons and contrast of how the Department of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have carried out acquisition planning?
2. In comparing and contrasting how these same three agencies have established policies that set different their requirements and levels of oversight for acquisition planning.
3. Key acquisition planning elements, including written acquisition plans, requirements development, cost estimating, and incorporating lessons learned are critical to the process. What would you list as the 3 essential factors in acquisition planning and elaborate why each is so critical?
4. In analyzing the three agencies strategies for acquisition planning how does each agency's strategy create a competitive advantage.

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1. What are the comparisons and contrast of how the Department of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have carried out acquisition planning?

When comparing and contrasting the different techniques that were assessed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to carry out acquisition planning the comparison comes to a resolute conclusion that none of the departments performed key planning steps and this affected the acquisition planning immensely. When defining what was needed to carry out the acquisition plans the agencies faced extreme challenges as well as the problem of documenting cost estimates to varying degrees (GAO, 2012).

The lack of efficacy in providing guidance on the time frames needed for essential program offices in regard to development and obtainment of key acquisition planning documents during pre-solicitation was not measured. This quintessentially nullified the positive practices used by the agencies that established time frames for the last phase of acquisition because the pre-solicitation phase measurement is the foundation of the acquisition process (GAO, 2012).

2. In comparing and contrasting how these same ...

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The following posting discusses various facets of acquisition planning.

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