An Assessment of Air Force Data on Contract Expenditures by Lloyd S. Dixon

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 accomplishing an expenditure research.

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The upper end of the interval results when expenditures are attributed to the primary PSC for that part of the contract action. 7 NOTES: Percentages are based on survey data that have been reweighted to reflect the entire population of Air Force FY02 DD350 contract actions. Dashed vertical lines represent 95-percent confidence intervals. the primary PSC and the option of using multiple PSCs to characterize a contract action. The bars in the figure show the shares of overall Air Force FY02 DD350 expenditures for various categories of purchases, based on DD350 PSCs.

4 shows how our estimates of the coding inaccuracies for actions recorded as services in the DD350 database vary with the dollar value of the action. 3. For service actions worth less than $1 million (which made up 14 percent of Air Force FY02 DD350 dollars), we estimate that only 1 percent should have been recorded as goods actions. For actions worth between $1 million and $50 million, we estimate that only 5 percent of expenditures should have been recorded as goods actions, although 43 percent of the expenditures should have been coded as different services than what was indicated in the DD350 database.

In each case, the contracting officer had assigned a Professional Services PSC (starting with R4), perhaps because the Special Studies codes (starting with B) do not offer an appropriate alternative. , administrative support for collection and organization of data for reports, assistance in preparing briefings, and so forth. We coded these activities using the existing four-digit codes that begin with R4. , how to address parts obsolescence (diminishing sources of supply) problems, the effects of corrosion on the structural integrity of an airframe, or the most effective repair for a new maintenance problem.

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