NPFC - MIL-HDBK-245
HANDBOOK FOR PREPARATION OF STATEMENT OF WORK (SOW)
|Publication Date:||10 September 1991|
This handbook applies to the preparation of Statements of Work (SOWs) for projects and programs that have deliverables and/or services performed. It covers the preparation of five types of SOWs which correlate to the acquisition life cycle phases identified in DoDI 5000.2 and an additional type to cover nonpersonal services contracts (See Section 4). This handbook is for SOWs in Department of Defense (DoD) solicitations and contracts and covers not only work requirements, in conjunction with applicable performance/design requirements contained in specifications, but also data deliverables contained in Contract Data Requirements Lists (CDRLs). The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and DoD Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplements (DFARS) discuss the essentiality of the SOW for sound contracting. An offeror submits a proposal based on his perception of the Government's needs as defined by the SOW. Precisely stated SOW requirements will enable the contractor and Government to negotiate a fair price for the goods or services to be provided. This handbook has been developed as a framework to assist the responsible manager in providing a consistent, orderly, and complete description of work required.
The majority of government contracts include a SOW which forms the basis for successful performance by the contractor and effective administration of the contract by the government. A well-written SOW enhances the opportunity for all potential offerors to compete equally for Government contracts and serves as the standard for determining if the contractor meets the stated performance requirements. Appendix D provides case studies which illustrate the importance of a properly established SOW.