The Work Breakdown Structure in Government Contracting by Gregory T. Haugan

By Gregory T. Haugan

This new functional instruction manual teaches you the way to hire the paintings breakdown constitution (WBS) in executive contracting to make sure that your contracts remain on the right track, on price range, and meet your targets. no matter if you’re a central authority worker interested in agreement administration or a contractor aiding a central authority undertaking, this hands-on consultant exhibits you the way to take advantage of the WBS for larger venture effects – from initiation to closeout. a useful device for assembly New OMB A-11 specifications now's the time so that you can learn how to use the WBS on your RFPs, SOWs, and recommendations. In 2002 OMB all started requiring that every one govt businesses and contractors use the ANSI/EIA commonplace because the foundation for undertaking administration and reporting. What’s extra, in 2004 OMB would require that each one funds proposals submitted for significant acquisitions and IT platforms or initiatives contain a undertaking administration plan according to the ANSI common for EVM. The paintings Breakdown constitution in govt Contracting may also help either govt team of workers and contractors enhance plans with a WBS that meets and exceeds OMB’s necessities.

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Note, however, that the rule applies at all levels. At the next level, the 100 percent rule means that the work in the garage element consists of work related to materials + foundation + walls + roof + T H E W O R K B R E A K D O W N STRUCTURE I N G O V E R N M E N T C O N T R A C T I N G Level 1 PROJECT 1 Level 3 Landscaped Grounds Driveway Landscaping 1 1 Garage 1 Materials Foundation Walls Roof Utilities Project Management Construction Planning Permits Inspections Financing Subcontracts utilities; there is no work on the garage itself that does not fit under one of these elements.

A typical form is presented in Figure 2-10. The data on the form are all that are needed for the minimum dictionary. In some organizations, however, more data are gathered when applicable, such as budget, schedule, deliverables, and earned value management data that may be part of a specific WBS element. Such data are useful for work packages but may not be applicable for summary, higher level elements. 4 Training. This element contains deliverable training services, manuals, accessories, and training aid and equipment used to facilitate instruction through which customer personnel will learn to operate and maintain the system with maximum eficiency.

These items are selected from the resource table and assigned to individual activities for cost estimating and resource planning. In addition, pricing proposals are often required to be structured by categories similar to these and to include overhead rates. However, the primary purpose of the WBS concept is to develop a framework for planning that ensures that all the work is identified. Once this is accomplished, the assignment of resources and cost elements can be accomplished at the control account, work package, or activity level.

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