Defense Pricing and Contracting Announcements

Get a closer look at the announcements for the Department’s contracting workforce

Current Announcements

Aug

5

2022

Update to Best Practices/Lessons Learned for Competitive Acquisitions

DPC has published an update to the best practices for Contracting Officers conducting competitive negotiations, gleaned through the OSD peer review program. This update, Version 1.1, adds sections on incentives and aggregate (roll-up) ratings, to the helpful insight published in Version 1.0 on February 6, 2022. For more information, see the complete Best Practices document and visit the DPC Competitive Peer Reviews webpage.

Competitive Peer Reviews

Jun

7

2022

New DAU course - Inflation and Economic Price Adjustments

Defense Acquisition University (DAU) recently published a new course, CON 7470 - Inflation and Economic Price Adjustments, to instruct Acquisition Professionals on the impacts of inflation on existing contracts and proper use of economic price adjustment (EPA) clauses to manage the risk of inflation, when appropriate, in the formation of prospective contracts. This course supplements the DPC memorandum “Guidance on Inflation and Economic Price Adjustments,” issued Wednesday, May 25, 2022. For more information and to register for the course, see the DAU webpage below.

DAU Course Page

Apr

19

2022

Extension Authorization of Humanitarian Support to Ukraine through 31 May 2022

On April 8, 2022, the Department of Defense (DoD) extended the authorization through May 31, 2022, or until there are no validated humanitarian requirements for the Department, for Commander, United States European Command (USEUCOM) to provide humanitarian support to Ukraine pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2561 as a result of Russian military action. This authorization for humanitarian assistance meets the definition of “humanitarian or peacekeeping operation” at FAR 2.101. Additionally, contracting officers supporting the humanitarian operation are authorized to use the Government-wide commercial purchase card to make a purchase that exceeds the micro-purchase threshold but does not exceed the simplified acquisition threshold as long as the criterion at DFARS 213.301(3) are met, National Interest Action (NIA) Code “O22U” shall be used as a means of tracking acquisitions associated with this event. For more information, see the announcement at the link below.

Announcement

Mar

8

2022

Authorization of Humanitarian Support to Ukraine

On March 2, 2022, the Department of Defense (DoD) authorized Commander, United States European Command (USEUCOM) to provide humanitarian support to Ukraine pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2561 as a result of Russian military action. This authorization for humanitarian assistance meets the definition of “humanitarian or peacekeeping operation” at FAR 2.101. Additionally, contracting officers supporting the humanitarian operation are authorized to use the Government-wide commercial purchase card to make a purchase that exceeds the micro-purchase threshold but does not exceed the simplified acquisition threshold as long as the criterion at DFARS 213.301(3) are met, National Interest Action (NIA) Code “O22U” shall be used as a means of tracking acquisitions associated with this event. For more information, see the announcement at the link below.

Announcement

Feb

8

2022

2021 DPC Year in Review Report

The DPC Year in Review Report for 2021 is now available. This year’s report includes topics such as addressing national priorities, acquisition innovation, “Striking the Balance,” and contingency contracting.

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Feb

7

2022

Best Practices/Lessons Learned for Competitive Acquisitions

DPC has published best practices for Contracting Officers conducting competitive negotiations, gleaned through the OSD peer review program. This publication provides helpful insight for evaluating contract solicitations, proposals, and revisions, among other aspects of the competitive negotiation process. For more information, see the complete Best Practices document and visit the DPC Competitive Peer Reviews webpage.

Competitive Peer Reviews

Jan

18

2022

New Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) Website

To start the new calendar year, DPC launched a new and improved website.
The new DPC website now is accessible on multiple browsers and mobile phones. The site homepage now provides one-click access to key tools and resources like the Policy Vault and Workforce information and it also spotlights topical information such as COVID-19 material for the contracting community. The Principal Director, DPC encourages you to review the site and provide feedback via the Contact Us link on the homepage.

DPC Homepage

Dec

13

2021

Striking the Balance – Subcontracting

On December 15, 2021, from 1300 to 1500, join DAU faculty Dr. Renee Butler for a special edition of the DPC "Striking the Balance" series featuring Ms. Shannon Prince, Procurement Analyst specializing in cost/price analysis with the Field Support Team with Headquarters Air Force, SAF/AQCP. Ms. Prince will discuss the importance of striking the balance between recognizing the Prime's responsibility for awarding subcontracts to responsible sources at reasonable prices, with the Contracting Officer's responsibility to provide goods and services to support the warfighter at fair and reasonable prices for the taxpayer. The presentation will cover the basics of evaluating subcontract business deals including topics such as important thresholds for obtaining data, commercial subcontracts, sole source cost and price analyses, consent to subcontract, long-term agreements, and why early engagement with the Prime is critical. For more information and to register for the session, please visit the DAU webpage.

DAU Website

Oct

18

2021

Operation ALLIES WELCOME

As of August 29, 2021, Operation ALLIES WELCOME (OAW) is a continuation and renaming of Operation ALLIES REFUGE (OAR), with the task of managing the resettlement of refugees and providing "temporary housing, sustainment, and support inside the United States" for evacuees. OAW meets the definition of “contingency operation” at FAR 2.101 pursuant to SecDef approved Execute Order (EXORD) (Revision 1) dated October 4, 2021 (available on SIPR). The National Interest Action Code “O21R” shall still be used as a means of tracking acquisition costs for OAR and OAW. For more information, see the announcement link below.

Announcement

Sept

30

2021

Striking the Balance - The basics of pricing variable quantities

On October 6, 2021, from 1300 to 1500, join DAU faculty Dr. Renee Butler and Ms. Michelle Currier for a special edition of the DPC "Striking the Balance" pricing series featuring Mr. Stephen Rost, Cost/Price Analyst with Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Mr. Rost will discuss the basics of pricing variable quantities including why we price variable quantities, the inputs needed to develop a successful RFP, and constructing a pricing scenario that creates flexibility while balancing the cost risk for both parties. Mr. Rost will lead an in-depth discussion of various methods for pricing variable quantities and provide analytical tools that Contracting Officers can utilize to drive outcomes that are equitable to both the Government and the contractor. For more information and to register for the session, please visit the DAU webpage.

DAU Website

Sept

20

2021

Contracting Basics - Buy American Statute and Trade Agreements Act

On September 22, 2021, from 1300-1500, join DAU faculty Professor Michelle Currier for the next webinar in our “Contracting Basics” series featuring Mr. Jeff Grover, Senior Procurement Analyst for DPC/Contract Policy, within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment). Mr. Grover will discuss how to comply with and implement the Buy American Statute and Trade Agreements Act in supply related acquisitions. For more information and to register for the session, please visit the DAU webpage.

DAU Website

Aug

18

2021

Operation ALLIES REFUGE

The Secretary of Defense has designated Operation ALLIES REFUGE (OAR) a contingency operation, effective August 15, 2021. A new NIA Code “O21R” (Oscar-21-Romeo) has been established for the NIA field in the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation as a means of tracking acquisition costs for OAR. For more information, see the announcement link below.

Announcement

Aug

2

2021

Striking the Balance - Cost Plus Incentive Fee (CPIF) contracts

On August 4, 2021, from 1300-1500 Join DAU faculty Professor Michelle Currier and Dr. Renee Butler for the next webinar in our "Striking the Balance" series featuring Ms. Leslie Overturf, Senior Procurement Analyst for DPC/Price, Cost and Finance, within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment). Ms. Overturf will discuss Cost Plus Incentive Fee (CPIF) contracts and demonstrate the use of the DoD CPIF Pricing Tool. For more information and to register for the session, please visit the DAU webpage.

DAU Website

July

19

2021

Striking the Balance - Performance-based payments (PBPs)

On July 21, 2021 from 1300 to 1500, join DAU faculty Ms. Michelle Currier and Dr. Renee Butler on for the next webinar in our "Striking the Balance" pricing series featuring Mr. Phil McManus, McManus Consulting, LLC. Mr. McManus will discuss Performance-based payments (PBPs) and will provide a live demonstration of the most current PBP Analysis tool as it applies to analyzing an expenditure profile, and structuring and negotiating Win-Win PBP agreements with contractors that equitably accounts for cost, benefits, and potential risks associated with PBP's. For more information and to register for the session, please visit the DAU webpage.

DAU Website

May

28

2021

DoD COR Guidebook

The updated DoD Guidebook for Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) has been published, this replaces the 2012 DoD COR Handbook. The DoD COR Guidebook can be found below.

Review Guidebook

May

10

2021

Striking the Balance - The use of Fixed Price Incentive Firm (FPIF) contracts

On May 12, 2021, from 1300 to 1500, as part of the DAU “Striking the Balance” pricing series, Ms. Leslie Overturf, Senior Procurement Analyst, DPC/PCF and DAU faculty Dr. Renee Butler and Ms. Michelle Currier will provide a presentation on the use of Fixed Price Incentive Firm (FPIF) contracts and how they can be used to balance Government requirements and industry needs to get a good deal that supports the warfighter while prudently spending taxpayer dollars. For more information and to register for the session, please visit the DAU webpage.

DAU Website

Apr

7

2021

Striking the Balance - Improving the quality and consistency of the Department's contracting processes

On April 14, 2021, as part of the DAU “Striking the Balance” series, Ms. Janice Muskopf, Director, DPC/PCF and DAU faculty Dr. Renee Butler and Ms. Michelle Currier will provide a special presentation on improving the quality and consistency of the Department's contracting processes, including Contracting Officer implementation of policy and regulations. For more information and to register for the session, please visit the DAU webpage.

DAU Website

Mar

16

2021

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Emergency Acquisition Flexibilities

An emergency determination was made by the President on March 13, 2020, under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the "Stafford Act") in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

DPC COVID-19 Webpage

Mar

4

2021

Back-to-Basics - New Contracting Certification Training Overview

On March 11, 2021, you are invited to attend the DAU and CON Functional Integration Team hosted webinar “Back-to-Basics - New Contracting Certification Training Overview” covering the Contracting Professional Certification Program effective October 1, 2021.

DAU Website

Mar

1

2021

Cancelled - DoD Contracting Conference and the Procure to Pay Conference

We appreciate your patience regarding announcement of DPC’s plans for both the DoD Contracting Conference and the Procure to Pay Conference. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding travel and gatherings of any significant size, we are canceling both the conferences for 2021.

Website

Jan

26

2021

CMMC and Implementation of Interim DFARS rule 2019-D041

On January 27, 2021, Mr. John Tenaglia, Principal Director, DPC; Ms. Katie Arrington, CISO, USD(A&S); and Lt Gen David Bassett, Director, DCMA will be discussing the background, intent and implementation of CMMC and interim DFARS rule 2019-D041, Assessing Contractor Implementation of Cybersecurity Requirements. This presentation will be hosted by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).

DAU Website

Jan

22

2021

2020 DPC Year in Review Report

The Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) Year in Review Report for 2020 is available, which includes topics such as innovating acquisition policies, peer reviews, industrial collaboration, and annual awards.

Review Report

Jan

22

2021

Striking the Balance - Meeting Warfighters' Requirements While Achieving Industry Financial Goals

On January 27, 2021, as part of the DAU “Striking the Balance” series, Ms. Janice Muskopf, Director, DPC/PCF and Mr. Phil McManus, McManus Consulting, LLC, will provide a presentation on meeting warfighters’ requirements while achieving industry financial goals. For more information and to register for the session, please visit the DAU webpage.

DAU Website

Sept

22

2020

2020 DoD Contracting Conference is being postponed

We appreciate your continued patience as we worked through modifying plans for the 2020 DoD Contracting Conference due to COVID‐19. At this time the Conference is being postponed until spring/summer of 2021.

Website

Aug

20

2020

Performance Based Payments

The Director of Pricing and Contracting Initiatives will be leading a class on Performance Based Payments on August 26. The class will be hosted by DAU and can be accessed here.

DAU Website

Aug

13

2020

Performance Based Payment (PBP) Analysis Tool version 6.1

Performance Based Payment (PBP) Analysis Tool version 6.1 and accompanying instructions have been uploaded here.

Website

Aug

10

2020

Advance copies of the FAR clauses impacted by the interim rule implementing section 889(a)(1)(B)

DoD is providing advance copies of the FAR clauses impacted by the interim rule implementing section 889(a)(1)(B) of the FY19 NDAA, which become effective August 13, 2020. See the text of the FAR clauses here.

Website

July

9

2020

Performance Based Payment (PBP) Analysis Tool version 6.0

Performance Based Payment (PBP) Analysis Tool version 6.0 and accompanying instructions have been uploaded. Please click here for more information.

Website

Apr

17

2020

Rescheduling the 2020 DoD Contracting Conference

We appreciate your continued patience in the coordination of the 2020 DoD Contracting Conference. At this time we are rescheduling the Conference to December 15 – 17, 2020. Emails were sent to all attendees with specific guidance regarding conference registration, hotel reservations and travel plans.

Website

Apr

17

2020

Rescheduling the 2020 DoD Procure-to-Pay Training Symposium

We appreciate your continued patience in the coordination of the 2020 DoD Procure-to-Pay and Financial Audit Training Symposium. At this time, we are rescheduling the Conference to December 16 – 18, 2020. Registered attendees will be sent an email with specific guidance regarding conference registration, hotel reservations and travel plans. You may find this same guidance below.

Website

Mar

16

2020

2020 DoD Procure-to-Pay Training Symposium Schedule Status Update

We appreciate your continued patience in the coordination of the 2020 DoD Procure-to-Pay Financial Audit Training Symposium. At this time, we are proceeding with holding the Symposium in June as scheduled, however we will send a status update to all attendees no later than May 13, 2020.

This decision is based on the recent guidance from the Secretary of Defense related to travel in response to Coronavirus 2019 that states all forms of movement will cease for 60 days. Our conference dates, June 9-11, 2020, are beyond the period of prohibited travel.

Again, we will update this message and keep participants informed as necessary to ensure notification occurs well in advance of incurring any reservation penalties.

Website

Feb

14

2020

DPC Year in Review Report for 2019

The Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) Year in Review Report for 2019 is available below, which includes topics such as innovating acquisition policies, peer reviews, industrial collaboration, and annual awards.

Website

Feb

12

2020

2020 DoD Contracting Conference

The 2020 DoD Contracting Conference, hosted by Defense Pricing and Contracting, will be held in Orlando, Florida June 9-11, 2020 and registration is now open for SPE selected personnel.

Website

Feb

7

2020

2019 Pricing and Contracting Legends Award

Kim Herrington, Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting, presented Mr. Christopher Kirbabas, Air Force Material Command, the 2019 Pricing and Contracting Legends Award.

DAU Website

Jan

15

2020

2020 DoD Contracting Conference

The 2020 DoD Contracting Conference, hosted by Defense Pricing and Contracting, will be held in Orlando, Florida June 9-11, 2020.

Website

Jan

9

2020

2020 DoD Procure-to-Pay Training Symposium

The 2020 DoD Procure-to-Pay and Financial Audit Training Symposium, hosted by Defense Pricing and Contracting and OSD(Comptroller), will be held in Orlando, Florida June 9-11, 2020.

Website

Dec

6

2019

LeAntha Sumpter, Director, Contracting eBusiness, Defense Pricing and Contracting 2019 Excellence in Partnership’s Lifetime Acquisition Excellence Award Winner

On November 20, 2019, Ms. LeAntha Sumpter was awarded Excellence in Partnership’s Lifetime Acquisition Excellence Award. The Excellence in Partnership Awards honor individuals in the acquisition community who have made significant contributions to the procurement system that deliver best value and meet agency missions. As a Lifetime Acquisition Excellence Awardee, Ms. Sumpter demonstrated a life-long commitment to advancing “common-sense in government procurement.”

More details on Ms. Sumpter’s 20+ years in Defense Acquisition are available below.

Mr. Kim Herrington accepted the award on Ms. Sumpter’s behalf at the Excellence in Partnership Awards dinner on November 20, 2019.

Biography

Nov

19

2019

Strategically Assessing Contractor Implementation of NIST SP 800-171

On Nov 14, 2019 the USD(A&S) signed a memorandum addressing results of DCMA's pilot effort to strategically assess implementation of NIST SP 800-171, and releasing Version 1 of the NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Methodology.

Website

Oct

18

2019

Submission Cycle Call for AEP Applicants

DPC announces submission cycle call for AEP applicants. Applications will be accepted for the next cycle of AEPs from October 18, 2019 through November 8, 2019. All projects are open for submission. Start date will be January 21, 2020. All applicants must be government employees and possess an active security clearance. Please click here for more information on the AEP page.

Website

Aug

13

2019

DoD, GSA, and NASA published in the Federal Register an interim FAR Case 2018-017

On August 13, 2019, DoD, GSA, and NASA published in the Federal Register an interim FAR rule, Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment (FAR Case 2018-017). This rule became effective upon publication.

Website

Aug

7

2019

Prepublication Version of an Interim Rule Being Issued by DoD, GSA, and NASA

On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, DoD, GSA, and NASA sent to the Federal Register the following document:

  • Action: Interim Rule
  • Title: FAR Case 2018-017, Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment
  • Docket ID #: 2018-0017, Sequence No.1
  • RIN: 9000-AN83

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 889(a)(1)(A) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232). Section 889(a)(1)(A) prohibits agencies from procuring or obtaining, or extending or renewing a contract to procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as a critical technology as part of any system, on or after August 13, 2019.

A prepublication version of the interim FAR rule that has been sent to the Federal Register is being posted early by DoD, GSA, and NASA. Formatting or other administrative changes may be made by the Federal Register prior to publication. Although DoD, GSA, and NASA have taken steps to ensure the accuracy of this prepublication version, it is not the official version.

The link below provides access to the federal register.

Website

Apr

19

2019

FAR and DFARS Genealogy

DoD posted the FAR and DFARS Genealogy developed by the Section 809 Panel. Please click here.

Website

Mar

15

2019

Submission Cycle Call for AEP Applicants

DPC is currently accepting applications from government employees for our Acquisition Exchange Program, a unique career development experience designed for high-caliber individuals in the acquisition career field. We are accepting applications until 4/8/2019.

Website

Feb

14

2019

DPC 2019 Procure-to-Pay and Financial Audit Training Symposium

The 2019 DoD Procure-to-Pay and Financial Audit Training Symposium, hosted by Defense Pricing and Contracting, will be held in Orlando, Florida April 23-25, 2019.

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