By Lloyd S. Dixon
Assesses the adequacy and accuracy of information from the person Contracting motion file shape, often referred to as the DD350, for engaging in an expenditure research.
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For example, 18 percent should have been recorded as R&D (A), 4 percent should have been recorded as an automatic data processing and telecommunications service (D), 26 percent should have been recorded as a service related to maintenance, repair, and rebuilding of equipment (J), and so forth. 2 illustrates that many actions between $1 million and $50 million that were recorded as goods were actually for R&D (A), maintenance (J), and modifications (K). One possible explanation for these discrepancies is that after a good is purchased, follow-on actions for services or ancillary activities related to the initial purchase of the good somehow retain the original PSC and thus escape detection as a service in the official records.
5 Estimated Adequacy of a Single PSC to Describe FY02 Air Force Contract Actions in the DD350 Database Contract Actions (%) Contract Action Dollars (%) Single PSC Adequate Single PSC Not Adequatea Total 89 73 11 27 100 100 aMultiple PSCs with differing first characters are needed to describe the goods and/or services purchased by these contract actions. NOTE: Percentages are based on survey data that have been reweighted to reflect the entire population of Air Force FY02 DD350 contract actions.
Obligations in the “engines and components” category proved to be the sole exception: none of the actions in this category required multiple PSCs. These actions are generally for subsystems and specific items, which involve smaller dollar amounts that are less likely to involve multiple activities. 5 raise the question of how much more information could be “captured” by the DD350 if the form allowed the inclusion of more than one PSC (with corresponding dollar amounts) to describe a contract action.