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P/PM Toolkit

The Program and Project Management Toolkit is a knowledge base, developed and maintained via a partnership between FAI and the Federal Program and Project Management Community of Practice (FedPM CoP). Some of the links provided require an additional user ID and password to access the material.

Acquisition Gateway

The Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) is a comprehensive green purchasing resource designed for federal contracting personnel and program managers.

This guide, geared toward the greater acquisition community (especially program offices), breaks down performance-based service acquisition into eight steps. The steps cover each aspect of a performance-based acquisition.

Discovery is a market research tool that helps you explore GSA services contracts, vendors, and vendor contract history to determine whether a GSA contract can meet your needs.

BIC is a government-wide designation for acquisition solutions that can be used by multiple agencies and that satisfy key criteria defined by the White House Office of Management and Budget. This page consolidates BIC Program-related articles and solutions posted in the Acquisition Gateway.

Solutions Finder will make your decision easier by providing visibility into the many offerings available from other agencies. Once you’ve narrowed it down to your ‘short-list’, you can compare them side-by-side to see what makes the most sense for your specific acquisition.

Find tools that help you find data related to acquisition and category management spend, pricing, and market research information.

The Project Center allows you to manage your acquisition research, documents, and timelines. You can collect resources from across the Gateway apps and upload your own documents in one central location to build and share your acquisition package with your team!

The tool establishes a database that provides buying agencies with transparency into the prices paid by other agencies at the task or delivery order level.

The Laptop Desktop Finder helps acquisition professionals make pricing and market research evaluations; compare workstation specs and explore how memory, OS, and accessory selection impact configuration prices.

Let GuardFinder simplify your next protective services buy!

The Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE) creation tool allows individuals to build an IGCE using fully loaded labor rates from the CALC Tool, you can now easily build up your own labor rates by selectively adding indirect costs to base labor rate(s) you enter yourself. You can now selectively add indirect rates to nonlabor items (e.g. travel, materials), including the addition of a Materials & Subcontract (M&S) rate. A complete audit trail is downloadable for any CALC rates used in creating an estimate.

Use the Gateway to connect with resources, tools and each other to improve your acquisition experience! Check out the 80+ step by step guides and 12+ videos resources to learn how to use the different tools available to you.

The Contract-Awarded Labor Category (CALC) tool helps federal contracting officers and others find awarded prices to use in negotiations for labor contracts. It offers ceiling prices, fully burdened costs, services data, and worldwide rates.

GSA's eBuy-Open, is a web platform that provides access to all electronic Requests for Quote (RFQ) /Proposal (RFP) submitted through the GSA eBuy system from FY14 forward. A variety of data filtering, formatting and reporting features are available to analyze the data

This application lists classes submitted by federal agencies within the facilities management life-cycle subject area

This tool provides a nationwide dashboard of upcoming federal contracting opportunities. All projected procurements are subject to revision or cancellation.

This tool will help acquisition professionals with price estimates and market research for office furniture buys. The tool features the most popular types of office furniture purchased from GSA Advantage in FYQ12016 - FYQ32017.

FAR References

Acquisition Planning

Competition Requirements

Ethics, Improper Business Practices and Personal Conflicts of Interest

Federal Acquisition Regulation available on Acquisition.Gov

RFQ requirements

Market research procedures

Current simplified acquisition threshold (SAT) and procedures

Contracting by negotiation

Best value continuum

RFP Requirements

Source selection planning

Fixed-price contract on your project

Cost-reimbursement contract

Time-and-materials contract

Labor-hour contract

Acquiring information technology

Agile software development/ modular contracting approach

Value Engineering Guidance

PMI Guides & Standards

A set of standard terminology and guidelines for project management, which also overlaps with general management regarding planning, organizing, staffing, executing and controlling the operations of an organization. Other management disciplines which overlap with the PMBOK Guide include financial forecasting, organizational behavior, management science, budgeting and other planning method.

This standard is the definitive guide for individuals and organizations seeking to mature their program management practices. It is principle-based, making it a powerful tool for a broad range of organizations, regardless of project delivery approach. provides clear, complete, relevant information generally recognized as good practices for most programs, most of the time.1

This standard provides direction for the preliminary development and implementation of the WBS.1

This standard transforms the Project Time Management chapter of the PMBOK® Guide into an actionable and objective measurement process for project schedules and schedule models.1

Project configuration management (PCM) is the collective body of processes, activities, tools and methods project practitioners can use to manage items during the project life cycle. PCM addresses the composition of a project, the documentation defining it, and other data supporting it.1

This standard provides a benchmark for the project management profession that defines the aspects of project risk management recognized as good practice on most projects most of the time.1

This standard is intended for any practitioner who wants to expand their toolset and use EVM to improve project performance.1

This standard describes the stages of project estimating. It covers resources, durations, and costs, and explains the concept of progressive elaboration — continuously refining and improving a plan as a project evolves.1

The PMI Lexicon of Project Management Terms offers clear and concise definitions for nearly 200 of the profession’s frequently used terms.1

This standard and guide provides you with a foundation to grow your business analysis practices and is adaptable for any organization in any industry, and across the continuum of project delivery methods. Similar to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), it contains both an ANSI-accredited foundational standard and body of knowledge in the same publication. It integrates seamlessly with our 2015 Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guideand is being sold as a package with that publication.1

This framework standard identifies ways to improve the personal competencies that support your success as a project manager regardless of the type, size or complexity of projects you work on. Increase your capacity for personal growth with guidance for refining three key areas of project management competence: knowledge and skills, performance, and personal behavior and attitudes. It also includes information for creating an organizational competency development process that employers can use for the continuous evaluation and development of project practitioners.1

The Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) – Third Edition is a global standard that provides the tools organizations need to measure their maturity against a comprehensive set of organizational best practices.1

This practice guide provides guidance to organizations and practitioners on how to manage programs and projects that are impacted by complexity. This is a complementary document to PMI's foundational standards.1

This practice guide is a resource for those who want to devise an integrated approach to managing an organization's portfolios, programs and projects. This approach is based upon the management concept of organizational project management (OPM). It provides information and suggestions for creating OPM practices and methods, focusing on implementing and tailoring essential processes for organizational use.1

This practice guide provides guidance to organizations and practitioners on how to implement or enhance governance on portfolios, programs and projects. A complementary document to PMI's foundational standards, it provides further understanding and differentiation between the types, domains, and functions of governance. 1

This guide provides practical guidance geared toward project leaders and team members adapting to an agile approach in planning and executing projects. It bridges from a predictive approach to an agile approach.1


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