DOD Acquisition:

Case Study of the Navy Minesweeper Hunter Program

NSIAD-86-45S-10: Published: Aug 25, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1986.

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GAO provided a supplement to its report on the defense acquisition work force. GAO examined the capabilities of the program manager and contracting officer in developing the acquisition strategy for the Navy's Minesweeper Hunter program.

GAO found that: (1) the project manager and contracting officer jointly developed the source selection plan, were involved in risk assessment, assisted in the establishment of negotiation objectives and the competitive range, and were involved in the pre-award discussions; (2) the program manager monitored the development of the request for proposals, evaluated technical proposals, and offered advice on the cost proposals; and (3) the contracting officer developed the proposal's business terms and evaluation criteria, modified other sections of the proposal for compliance with acquisition regulations, evaluated cost proposals, and reviewed technical proposals.

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