Developing a Performance Work Statement in a Deployed Environment
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Introduction to Performance Work Statements and Statements of Work
- Chapter 2: Contracting 101
- Chapter 3: English 101: Guidelines for Writing a Performance Work Statement
- Chapter 4: Eight Steps to Developing a Performance Work Statement
- Chapter 5: Government-Provided Support Considerations
- Appendix A: Blank Performance Work Statement Template
- Appendix B: Example of a Performance Work Statement for Grounds and Roads Maintenance
- Appendix C: Example of a Performance Work Statement for Shower and Hand-Washing Station Requirements
- Appendix D: Example of a Performance Work Statement for Shower and Hand-Washing Station Requirements
This handbook is designed to aid the requiring activity in developing a performance work statement (PWS). Army reliance on contracts for equipment, supplies, and services has significantly increased in recent years. Identifying the requiring activity's requirements and clearly articulating them, in a PWS is critical; nothing is more fundamental to the success of a contract than the PWS.
- A PWS defines a unit's contractor support requirement for supplies, services, or construction.
- A PWS does not dictate the ways and means of contractor support.
- The benefit of a well-written PWS is that the government pays for results, not activity.
- The handbook's eight-step process for writing a PWS greatly increases the probability of maximizing contractor performance.
The PWS is a detailed set of verifiable performance or quality standards for everything the contractor is required to perform or produce. A PWS must be specific because contracting officers and contractors are not mind readers. A properly-developed PWS is concise in defining the performance parameters and quality of product. Ultimately, an effective PWS is the basis for viable contracts that meet or exceed the user's requirements.
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