By Lloyd S. Dixon
Assesses the adequacy and accuracy of knowledge from the person Contracting motion file shape, sometimes called the DD350, for undertaking an expenditure research.
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2 provides additional insight into how selected contract actions valued between $1 million and $50 million that were coded as goods in the DD350 database should be re-coded, based on our analysis. The table reflects our survey sample rather than the survey data extrapolated to the entire Air Force FY02 DD350 database. 2 group expenditures by the first character of the PSC recorded in the DD350 database. The columns show the percentages of expenditures in each row that fall into each of the indicated RAND-assigned PSC categories.
Following are examples of DD350 service actions that were used to purchase goods: • A satellite system R&D action that included initial production activities • A systems engineering action that included depot spare parts replenishment. 4 NOTE: Percentages are based on survey data that have been reweighted to reflect the entire population of Air Force FY02 DD350 contract actions. Some examples of actions that were correctly coded as services but would be better described by a PSC other than the one listed in the DD350 database include the following: • An equipment modification action that was primarily for education and training services • A professional services action that included the testing and integration of new sensors for aircraft • A professional services contract that covered engineering work to develop a kit for installing new communications equipment.
2002) for additional discussion of these issues. We accept the PSC definitions of goods and services. Thus, we consider all activities that begin with a letter in the PSC system to be services and all those that begin with a number to be goods. 3 The PSC field for the contract actions in the completed DD350 forms we examined for this study was never blank, and PSC 9999 (for items that could not be classified using any other PSC) appeared on only a few actions. 1 100 Total Goods and Services Share of All Contract Actions in DD350 Database (%) NOTES: Some rows and columns do not sum exactly due to rounding.
An Assessment of Air Force Data on Contract Expenditures by Lloyd S. Dixon