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Assesses the adequacy and accuracy of information from the person Contracting motion record shape, often referred to as the DD350, for undertaking an expenditure research.

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The purpose of the study was described and the name of a contact at the organization sponsoring the study (SAF/AQC) was provided. When requested, a list of interview questions was provided to help the contracting officer prepare for the interview. Research Methodology 21 25 minutes per contracting officer. The interviews were conducted during February and March 2003. 4, the response rate to the survey was high. Of the 306 contract actions selected, interviews were completed with the contracting officers responsible for 243 of them (79 percent).

K = 1,000; M = 1,000,000. 3—Continued Size of Contract Action First Character of PSC and Type of Contract Action $0–$100K $100K– $500K $500K– $1M $1M– $10M $10M– $50M $50M– $100M 40 275 202 114 Share of Value of All Total Value Contract of Contract Actions in Actions > $100M DD350 (%) Services (continued) M Operation of governmentowned facility R Support services 122 552 425 1,870 550 254 0 3,773 8 S Utilities and housekeeping 70 238 177 521 280 0 0 1,287 3 Other Services 390 1,089 617 1,648 585 173 115 4,617 9 Total Services 999 3,515 2,303 8,662 5,408 1,703 2,563 25,154 51 1,582 4,759 3,220 14,559 9,695 3,336 11,800 48,951 100 3 10 7 30 20 7 24 100 Total Goods and Services 66 NOTES: Some rows and columns do not sum exactly due to rounding.

2 as an example, 17 percent of the expenditures in our sample that were recorded in the DD350 forms with a PSC starting with the number 1 were accurately coded—that is, we also assigned primary PSCs whose first character was the number 1 to those actions. 2 Percentage of Expenditures in Survey Sample Reassigned to Other PSCs, Goods Actions Between $1 Million and $50 Million RAND-Assigned PSCs Goods 1 DD350 PSCs 1 2 5 2 5 Services Other 17 71 68 A D J K M R Other 18 4 26 18 4 1 13 3 22 12 20 5 NOTE: Percentages are based on unweighted survey data.

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