Project Acquisition Workshop (APPEL-PAW)
This course is designed for NASA’s technical workforce, including project managers, subsystem leads, resource managers, contracting officers’ technical representatives, and technical engineers who must deal with project-related acquisitions and procurements.
This two and a half day course provides a basic understanding of the NASA acquisition/procurement process across the complete project life cycle, from agency strategic planning to contract management and project completion. This course will help participants figure out the optimal acquisition/procurement strategy, learn how to get contracts awarded, solve problems during contract performance, understand their roles and responsibilities as members of a project's acquisition team, work more effectively with contracting officers, and enable them to do a more effective job acquiring whatever their projects need to succeed.
The learning methods include lectures, discussions, group exercises (both large and small), lessons learned, and war stories. The course is designed around a twelve-part case study, based on a theoretical NASA flight project that illustrates all aspects of project acquisition. The lectures and examples are all derived from contracts associated with a variety of NASA projects.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Define, develop, explain, propose, and implement acquisition strategy.
- Analyze and translate the confusing world of procurement laws, regulations, and policies, recognize and apply the concept of "contract scope," and operate more effectively with contracting officers.
- Plan for and implement project-related acquisitions, selecting the optimal procurement strategy and the type of contract most appropriate for the project.
- Define and identify the relation between project technical requirements and the acquisition process.
- Plan, organize, and manage the contract solicitation, evaluation, and selection processes.
- Establish and manage a project acquisition team, including the roles of COTRs (contracting officer's technical representative), project managers (PMs), and contracting officers (COs), and monitor and evaluate contractor progress.
- Identify, analyze, and solve the numerous problems that inevitably occur during contract performance.
Competencies and Technical Areas Addressed
- Acquisition Management
- Contract Management
- The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended that 1 transferable graduate-level credit be awarded for the successful completion of this course.
- This course is registered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) for 20 Professional Development Units (PDUs). PMI Course ID: APPEL–PAW
- The NASA FAR Supplement 1842.270(g)(6) requires that COTRs earn 40 continuous learning points (CLPs) of skills currency training every two years. This course is worth 20 CLPs.