Training aims to improve contract effectiveness, performance

By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeOctober 27, 2023

Training aims to improve contract effectiveness, performance
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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 27, 2023) -- Mission partners joined members of the 904th Contracting Battalion and Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Stewart, Georgia, to further their skills in planning, developing and writing work statements as part of a virtual workshop that concluded this week.

Contract performance work statements serve as a critical tool for effective contract management and successful execution by providing a detailed description of the good and services needed as well as defining all work performance requirements by the contractor.

At the request of mission partners supported by MICC contracting professionals at Fort Stewart, Master Sgt. Paul Gaeth, the 904th CBN NCO in charge of operations who is serving as the rear detachment senior enlisted adviser, coordinated the virtual course with instructors from the Defense Acquisition University.

Maj. Jane Bramel, the rear detachment commander for the contracting activity, said improved performance work statements contained in requirements packets they receive from requiring activities minimize the back-and-forth coordination between her office and its supported mission partners.

“Improved performance work statements make the pre-award process quicker and smoother as well as improve contract performance,” she said. “Additionally, we sent our personnel to improve our knowledge of performance work statements and ability to review and train our supported organizations on the task.”

A total of 16 personnel completed the DAU course including nine from the MICC-Fort Stewart contracting office and 904th CBN as well as seven from external organizations ranging from the contract management support officer to contracting officer representatives. Facilitating the course were DAU representatives Lawerence Kokocha and Tommie Lucius while David Prigmore provided primary educational support services and Krystal Patton produced the virtual instructor-led training.

“The training is two sided. We had our contract management support officer who manages all U.S. Army Garrison contracts, various contracting officer representatives and even the 188th Infantry Brigade executive officer who can all help facilitate better written PWSs as part of any pre-requirements packets submitted,” Bramel said. “We had various contracting officers and specialists in the course who can facilitate training for other requiring activities as well as provide better reviews of the documents.”

The courses objectives included:

  • Exploring the fundamentals of various types of work statements – including the statement of work, performance work statement and statement of objectives – and supporting documents
  • Learning a process for planning, developing and writing a work statement
  • Learning about and begin practicing skills needed to plan, develop and write a work statement.

Applying these objectives, contract work statements play a vital role in establishing a clear understanding of the work requirements, ensuring compliance, managing risks, controlling costs and evaluating performance.

“Creating great work statements will save time and money, help provide the best possible requests for proposal, and ensure better proposals and competition,” Bramel said, “all resulting in clear, complete and accurate contracts with verifiable performance, which are vitally important for excellent contractor performance, efficient and effective contract administration, and meeting stakeholder requirements.”