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Assesses the adequacy and accuracy of knowledge from the person Contracting motion file shape, often referred to as the DD350, for carrying out an expenditure research.

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In such cases, we designated one PSC as the primary code for the action according to the likely size of its share of the obligation value. We then employed two alternative approaches to allocating dollars among the PSCs for the action. One approach allocated all dollars to the primary PSC in the action, reflecting the DD350’s current mode of assignment. The second approach, covering the other extreme, spread the dollars evenly across all of the PSCs in the action. Generally speaking, the results were not significantly affected by which approach was used, in part because of the relative infrequency of multiple PSCs and in part because specific types of activities did not systematically qualify for the primary place within the action.

5 percent of the 44,333 services contract actions and 22 percent of the expenditures on services contract actions in the Air Force FY02 DD350 database. 35 percent of the overall goods actions, it covers 42 percent of the dollars in the FY02 DD350 data. Supplemental information on the actions in our final sample was collected through structured telephone interviews with the contracting officers listed for each action in the DD350 database. 5 Telephone interviews typically lasted approximately ten minutes per contract action, or 20 to ____________ 5 Initial contact was made with contracting officers by letter (via FedEx), e-mail, or tel ephone.

6 NOTES: Percentages are based on survey data that have been reweighted to reflect the entire population of Air Force FY02 DD350 contract actions. Dashed vertical lines represent 95-percent confidence intervals. There is no confidence interval for engines and components because the variance of the estimate is zero. dollars within the “aircraft and components” category required multiple PSCs to be fully described. Obligations in the “engines and components” category proved to be the sole exception: none of the actions in this category required multiple PSCs.

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