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Handbook 09-48
September 2009


This first edition (version 1.0) of the performance work statement (PWS) handbook contains a summary of how to develop a PWS. Contingency contracting officers (KOs) frequently perform this task in a deployed environment. Information from numerous sources within the defense acquisition community, hard lessons from countless requiring activities (units), and contingency KOs in deployed environments contributed to this handbook.

The authors designed this handbook for users operating in a deployed environment based on realities they do not routinely find in continental U.S. operations. The design of the handbook allows you to pick it up and begin reading at any point, much like a reference book, so you may want to start with a topic that interests you. Use the table of contents to identify general areas of interest, find what you need, place the handbook in your Army combat uniform cargo pocket, and tackle a statement of work or PWS-related task with confidence.

This handbook is a guide and is not a substitute for official training. Your supporting contracting office will normally provide training, or you can attend courses offered at the Army Logistics Management College (ALMC).

Recommended Resident Training Courses

Performance Work Statements Course

Purpose: To train military and civilians in the Department of Defense (DOD) and employees of DOD contractors. Successfully completing the Performance Work Statement (PWS) Course will prepare officers, noncommissioned officers, and civilians to prepare a PWS.

Scope: This three-day course is designed to provide an overview of writing a PWS.

Prerequisites: None. This course is targeted to individuals who will prepare or edit statements of work and PWSs.

Teaching locations: The PWS Course is primarily taught in residence at Fort Lee, VA, and various on-site locations.

For further details and enrollment, go online to: <>.

Operational Contract Support Course

Purpose: The Operational Contract Support Course prepares graduates to perform contract planning and management duties (to include developing a PWS) in tactical unit staffs (brigade through theater Army) for deployed operations.

Scope: This two-week course is designed for commissioned, noncommissioned, and warrant officers and civilians assigned to tactical unit staffs (brigade through theater Army) who will be responsible to plan for and assist in the integration of contracted support during deployed operations. This is not a career development course but a "how to" course for the preparation of acquisition-ready requirements packages and the management of a unit's overall contract officer's representative responsibilities for basic service and supply contracts. Graduates will learn through practical exercise the proper preparation of PWSs, independent government cost estimates, purchase requests, and contract performance oversight techniques necessary to assure mission success.

Prerequisites: This course is branch immaterial and not an acquisition workforce course. There are no restrictions as to grade, rank, position, or duty status as long as the student is assigned to or being assigned to units responsible for performing contract planning and management duties. An additional skill identifier is being planned and will be awarded to course graduates.

Teaching locations: The Operational Contract Support Course is taught in residence at Fort Lee, VA.

For further details and enrollment, go online to: <>.

The proponent for this manual is the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM). The approving authority is the CASCOM commanding general. The preparing agent is the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology) Integration Office (ALT-IO) collocated with headquarters (HQ) CASCOM. The technical review authority is the HQ U.S. Army Materiel Command and deputy assistant secretary-acquisition/materiel. The publisher is the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Center for Army Lessons Learned. Send comments and recommendations on Department of the Army Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) to Commander, U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command, ATTN: ATCL-ALT-IO, 2221 Adams Avenue, SCOE Building, Fort Lee, VA, 23801-1899.


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