Contract Pricing Reference Guides
The Contract Pricing Reference Guides are a set of reference volumes that were developed jointly by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).
The Guides were developed to provide instruction and guidance for contracting personnel. They include examples of applying pricing policies to pricing problems.
The Contract Pricing Reference Guides are posted on the DAU Acquisition Tools & Resources Website located here.
Commercial Acquisition Resources
Department of Defense Guidebook for Acquiring Commercial Items
Access to commercial items and commercial practices brings significant benefit to the DoD including the creation and integration of new technology, increased competition, and an expanded pool of innovative and non-traditional contractors who seek to do business with the DoD. This guide is written for acquisition professionals that are seeking additional information on the commercial acquisitions including the commercial item definition, how to make a commercial item determination, and how to price commercial items.
Performance Based Payments Resources
Performance Based Payment Guidebook
The purpose of the Guide is to provide assistance to users based on lessons learned over the past fifteen years. It is important for users to read the entire guide because of the inter-relationship of the topics covered. It includes Chapters such as:
The Guide is Available for download here.
Contract Incentive Resources
Contract Incentive Guidebook
Incentive-type contracts are proven vehicles for DoD and industry to share equitably in cost savings or risks. When structured correctly, an incentive contract aligns industry motivations with the Government’s desired outcomes. DFARS 216.104 requires contracting officers to follow the principles and procedures in Guidance on Using Incentive and Other Contract Types, dated April 1, 2016.
Striking the Balance
This innovative training series, taught by subject matter experts across the DoD, covers pricing-related topics of interest to help acquisition professionals strike the balance between competing objectives. The webinar series is moderated by DAU and sponsored by Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC). Registration is required for new webinars. Recent webinars have included topics such as pricing variable quantities; cost plus incentive fee contracts; lessons learned and best practices on speed, price and quality; and performance-based payments. A comprehensive list of all Striking the Balance webinars to include presentation materials and links to recorded sessions may be found here.
Performance Based Payments Training
It is imperative that acquisition professionals have a solid understanding of how to develop a PBP contract financing arrangement that is beneficial for both Government and Industry. This course covers six key steps in how to develop an adequate PBP agreement.
Click Here for the August 2020 PBP training
PCF has created a training demonstration on how to appropriately use the PBP tool to structure and negotiate “win-win” agreements with the contractor.
Click Here for the July 2021 PBP tool training
DPC has partnered with DAU to provide training for acquisition professionals regarding the impact of inflation based on contract type pertaining to existing contracts, and the proper use of the Economic Price Adjustment (EPA) clause to address inflation-related concerns for prospective contracts.
Click here to access the training on DAU's website.
Commercial Acquisition Training