Every acquisition requires planning. The time and effort spent on the planning phase
is based on numerous factors. The process for simple items or services range from
requiring a quick search to gathering item descriptions, vendors and pricing to
awarding a bilateral contract. However, if the item or service is for construction
or research, the specifications may be unique and will require more time invested
in developing work statements, obtaining pre-approvals, and considering competition
Large projects and complex procurements should be discussed with the OTS Technical
Support Office and the Acquisition Department Manager well in advance of submitting
a requisition to ensure timely award. Advanced discussions can identify any special
considerations that may influence the price or award date.
Annual procurement plans should be developed at the Department level and discussed
on an annual basis with the respective Acquisition Managers. Such meetings can identify
program needs and allow the Acquisition Managers to identity procurement teams to
handle workload and more efficiently support large programs and projects.