Contract Policy - Services Acquisition

The OSD lead for Services Acquisition is OUSD(A&S)/PDASD(AE).

DoDI 5000.74

The instruction:

  • Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for defining, assessing, reviewing, and validating requirements for the acquisition of services.
  • Establishes a simplified and flexible management framework for translating services requirements into stable, efficient, and effective acquisitions.
  • Authorizes services Decision Authorities consistent with statutory and regulatory requirements for the acquisitions of services, to tailor the procedures in this instruction to best achieve cost, schedule, and performance objectives.
  • Incorporates and cancels Enclosure 9 of DoD Instruction (DoDI) 5000.02.

This instruction applies to OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD (referred to collectively in this instruction as the “DoD Components”).

The enclosures in this instruction provide additional policy and procedures that will support the services acquisition process and planning. The Instruction is approved for public release and available on the Internet from the DoD Issuances Website.

Section 803 of the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) mandates a review and, if necessary, revision of the instruction with a particular focus on modernization of services acquisitions. Please contact DPC Services Acquisition with questions or comments.

Services Acquisition Guides & Handbooks

DoD Market Research Guide for Improving the Tradecraft in Services Acquisition(March 2017)

DoD Handbook for the Training & Development of the Services Acquisition Workforce(14 July 2017)

DoD Handbook for Services Acquisition, Independent Government Costs Estimate (IGCE)(December 2017)

DoD Handbook of Contract Function Checklists for Services Acquisition(May 2018)

DoD Contracting Officer’s Representatives Guidebook(May 2021)

Contracting for Services

Acquisition of Services - An overview of major rules and processes for service contracting

Contracts for Services

Inventory of Contracts for Services [by Fiscal Year]

Performance-Based Service Acquisitions

Memo - CAO-PE Reporting Requirements (9/7/2004)