WSC 005 Source Selection
Provides an overview of the source selection process, which applies to competitive negotiated acquisitions per Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 15.3 Source Selection, the Defense FAR Supplement Subpart 215.3, and the mandatory DoD Source Selection Procedures.
Upon completion, the participant will be able to apply the following critical behaviors in the workplace:
  • Reduce potential of protest in a source selection.
  • Award a superior contract in less time.
  • Recognize the best value proposal for an award.
  • Objectives
  • Distinguish source selection from other forms of competitive acquisitions
  • Describe the Best Value continuum
  • Establish the source selection team
  • Determine evaluation factors, rating system(s), and proposal requirements
  • Identify the parts of a source selection plan
  • Discuss the timeline for issuing a request for proposals and receiving offers
  • Evaluate contractor proposals
  • Distinguish between clarifications, communications, and discussions
  • Establish a competitive range
  • Request Final Proposal Revisions
  • Conduct a trade-off analysis and select the best value proposal(s)
  • Determine the content of debriefings
  • Map the possible protest timelines & processes
  • Target Attendees
    All DOD acquisition personnel who are, or may be, involved in the source selection process as the Source Selection Authority, a member of the Source Selection Board or a member of the Technical Evaluation Board.
    Predecessor Course(s) (Acceptable substitutes for meeting current course prerequisite and certification standards)
    Predecessor Predecessor Course Title PDS Code Accepted Until
    None None None None
    Course Length
    2 class days
    Additional Course Information
    Delivery Mode  Workshop
    Equivalent Courses  None
    ACE Recommended Credits  N/A
    PDS Code  n/a
    Current CEU, CLP and RRP      Click here for Previous Allocation
    Continuous Education Units  0
    Continuous Learning Points 14 
    Reservist Retirement Points 0  
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