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Developing a Performance Work Statement in a Deployed Environment

Handbook 09-48
September 2009

CALL Handbook 09-48: Developing a Performance Work Statement in a Deployed Environment

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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.

Key lessons:

  • 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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