US Army Contingency Contracting Officer Proficiency Assessment Test Development

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Authors
Arzu, Juan
Castro, Beire
Mack, Brian
Subjects
Contingency Contracting
Contingency Contracting, Proficiency Assessment Test, SMCT, 51C, Soldier''s Manual of Common Tasks, Contracting, individual assessment, Training
Advisors
Date of Issue
2010-06-04
Date
04-Jun-10
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The establishment and standardization of training tasks by the Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC) for Contingency Contracting Officers (CCOs) in the Military Occupational Specialty 51C Soldier''s Manual of Common Tasks (MOS 51C SMCT), in accordance with Army training doctrine, has helped subordinate units and individual CCOs within the ECC to focus their training efforts prior to deployment. This body of knowledge is a significant step in standardizing the pre-deployment training for CCOs and preparing them for their mission once deployed. To supplement this training, an appropriate performance-assessment tool is needed to measure performance of these 36 tasks. Currently, the ECC lacks a standardized method of measuring individual skill and task proficiency in its CCOs. This research developed the questions for a written proficiency test based on the 36 tasks listed in the SMCT in accordance with conditions, standards, and performance steps for each of the 36 tasks in the SMCT. The research team vetted each of the scenarios and accompanying questions through experienced CCO focus groups within the ECC. Upon completion of the test, the research team provided a written Contracting Officer Proficiency-assessment Test, encompassing over 1,100 questions covering each of the 36 tasks listed in the SMCT, to the Expeditionary Contracting Command.
Type
Technical Report
Description
Sponsored Report (for Acquisition Research Program)
Department
Contract Management
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
NPS-CM-10-007
Sponsors
Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Program
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.