DCMA to Open More Commercial Services Centers; Shay Assad Comments

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Shay Assad
Shay Assad

The Defense Contract Management Agency plans to open additional centers where military customers will be able to buy commercial services, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jason Miller writes Shay Assad, director of pricing at the Defense Department, and U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, DCMA director, will identify the locations for the five centers.

Gains from a prototype dry run in 2014 spurred the DCMA to expand the program into additional offices across the department, according to the report.

“Now what the next step is we will branch out to five different centers… We will probably populate them with 10 or 15 people to begin with and then we will expand from there,” Assad said at a conference in Falls Church, Virginia.

He indicated that the program managers and program executive officers would begin to identify items that are considered commercial and determine the best price in coordination with contracting officers, the station reports.

Part of the discussion is the value-based pricing concept, Miller reports.

Assad told conference audiences the DoD plans to release an instruction manual intended to guide program managers and contracting officers in defining the requirements, according to the report.

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