By Lloyd S. Dixon
Assesses the adequacy and accuracy of information from the person Contracting motion record shape, sometimes called the DD350, for accomplishing an expenditure research.
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Warranties associated with purchased parts or systems. The closest general category for coding a warranty was Maintenance, Repair, and Rebuilding of Equipment (J), the type of activity that a warranty covers. We felt that it would be useful to distinguish spending on actual maintenance and repair activities from spending on what is in effect an insurance policy for problems with parts or systems; therefore, we created the code prefix J1 to represent warranties. As with the new K1 prefix, the third and 24 An Assessment of Air Force Data on Contract Expenditures fourth digits of the PSC denote the item to which the warranty applies.
Adequacy of the DD350 Data As explained in the previous chapter, the PSC used to describe contract actions consists of four characters. The PSC manual classifies actions coded with PSCs that begin with a letter as services; codes that begin with numbers correspond to goods. The other three characters of the PSC provide more detailed information about the service or good being purchased. 3 Percentage of Expenditures in Survey Sample Reassigned to Other PSCs, Service Actions Between $1 Million and $50 Million RAND-Assigned PSCs Goods DD350 PSCs A J K R S Other Services 1 5 A 6 6 6 8 72 2 36 3 B D J 4 94 7 15 K L 2 7 6 32 M R S 1 12 1 19 13 70 U Other Total 3 30 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 42 2 NOTE: Percentages are based on unweighted survey data.
We conducted telephone interviews rather than use a written survey so that we could ask questions to more fully explore the nature of the contract actions. 2 than one contract action from each contracting officer we interviewed. In this section, we outline our process for selecting the sample and describe the survey. Budget and time constraints limited our sample to approximately 300 Air Force contract actions from the FY02 DD350 database. As discussed earlier, roughly one-half of the expenditures were for contract actions that the PSCs indicated were services.
An Assessment of Air Force Data on Contract Expenditures by Lloyd S. Dixon