An evaluation of the Navy's Selected Acquisition Report System
McClung, Lonny Kay
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This thesis investigates the Selected Acquisition Reporting (SAR) System in order to evaluate its effectiveness. Significant problem areas associated with the SAR and the reporting criteria of DOD Instruction 7000.3 (series) are examined. The data presented were collected by telephonic survey and personal interview with users, reviewers, and producers of the SAR. This was augmented by analysis of actual SARs for a representative sample of Major Navy Acquisition Programs. The major issues examined included: timeliness of the SAR, Project Managers' reporting chain of command, the SAR review process, cost estimating procedures, escalation and cost growth, role of the SAR, project "optimism," rewards and pressures associated with project management, Congressional Committee views of the SAR and the background and history of the SAR. Although many of these issues require further study, proposals are presented to improve the effectiveness of the SAR and alleviate some of the controversy that now exists concerning the SAR.
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