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The acquisition cost-estimating workforce : census and characteristics

Author: Georges Vernez; H G Massey; Project Air Force (U.S.); Rand Corporation.; United States. Air Force.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2009.
Series: Technical report (Rand Corporation), TR-708-AF.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Congress has dictated that cost estimates for major defense acquisition programs be performed by properly qualified members of the armed forces or full-time employees of the Department of Defense. To aid in fulfilling this requirement, RAND Project AIR FORCE was asked to identify the acquisition cost-estimating workforce, describe its background and competencies, and assess its operational needs. The researchers  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Georges Vernez; H G Massey; Project Air Force (U.S.); Rand Corporation.; United States. Air Force.
ISBN: 9780833047649 0833047647
OCLC Number: 461895604
Description: xviii, 43 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The current cost-estimating workforce --
Cost-estimating workforce adequacy, composition, and competencies --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Technical report (Rand Corporation), TR-708-AF.
Responsibility: Georges Vernez, Hugh G. Massey.

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Congress has dictated that cost estimates for major defense acquisition programs be performed by properly qualified members of the armed forces or full-time employees of the Department of Defense. To aid in fulfilling this requirement, RAND Project AIR FORCE was asked to identify the acquisition cost-estimating workforce, describe its background and competencies, and assess its operational needs. The researchers conducted a comprehensive census of the military, government civilian, and contractor cost-estimating staff in the Air Force's four product centers and three logistics centers and held focus groups with a sample of cost estimators. Focus group respondents reported that they needed additional cost estimators, especially at the mid level. They were also concerned about the lack of career advancement opportunities for cost estimators.

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