(c) suppliers use the SOO to develop the WPS; however, the SOO is not part of the contract. The SOO includes at least: A classic example is a lawn mowing contract. The SOW requires the contractor to use a lawn mower and weeder and do this and that in a certain way. It includes specifications on what to mow and how to mow when to mow what equipment to use and how to use it, and how many people are needed and for what reason. A PWS simply tells the contractor that the weed should be kept between 2 and 3 1/2 inches and how success will be measured. To illustrate the differences, let`s look at an example. Let`s say we have a requirement for site maintenance. If we were to use a sow, we would probably say that the grass should be mowed once a week and the grass should be watered every other day. For the entrepreneur to succeed, he should mow once a week, whether the grass is too high or not. In addition, the grass should be watered whether it has rained recently or not. If we were to put this requirement in an SPW, we could say that the grass must be 3 inches tall plus or minus 1 inch and the soil must have some level of hydration. In this case, the contractor can innovate and measure the grass regularly and mow the grass only when it approaches 3 inches.
They would also measure hydration and water only when the soil needs water. It can be seen that the use of a PWS can allow the entrepreneur to think and work only when necessary to achieve measurable goals. SOWs are typically filled with mandatory contractor declarations of compliance (e.g., “This task must be performed in accordance with agency policy xyz with date MM/DD/YYYY”). In practice, EDTs may also contain references to desired performance outcomes, performance standards, and metrics, blurring their distinction between SOO and PWS. Aside from best practices, there are few government guidelines that strongly dictate how and when to use SOOs versus SOOs or PWS. Although the PWS FAR defines definitions in Part 2 and refers to SOOs and PWS in Part 37.6 Performance-Based Procurement, SOWs are not covered. The EDT therefore usually contains a long list of Solls and Soll-Nots, with detailed descriptions, diagrams and dissertations of everything related to the execution of the contract. In a sense, a SOW is no different from a Mil-Spec description. Instead of ordering standard and readily available paper clips, the government shares the size, weight, length, diameter, tensile strength, type of metal, color, number of strips per box, number of strips that can appear on each clip itself, etc. Well, you get the idea. (5) the performance objectives, that is, the results required; and A WPS, on the other hand, is drafted by incorporating measurable standards that inform the contractor of the government`s desired outcomes.
How the entrepreneur achieves these results is up to him. The entrepreneur is thus able to use the best business practices and his own innovative ideas to achieve the desired results. The SOO is a document created by the government that contains the fundamental and overarching objectives of the acquisition. It is provided in the application in lieu of a written declaration of execution by the government. In this approach, contractors` proposals include their SOWs as well as performance measures and measures (based on proposed solutions). The use of an SOO opens up a wider range of possible solutions for acquisition. Note that in many cases, the EDT is a binding contract.  Master service contracts or consulting or training contracts displace certain work-specific contractual components that are addressed in individual service specifications. The framework agreement serves as a framework agreement that regulates the terms of several possible service descriptions.
Sometimes it refers to the scope of work. For example, if a project is commissioned to order, the scope statement in the project can be used as a SOW because it also clearly and concisely describes the work of the project.  The WPS should specify general requirements for what is to be done (outcome), not how (method) is to be done. PWS gives the contractor maximum flexibility to develop the best method to achieve the desired result. The WPS must be drafted in such a way that all suppliers compete equally. The U.S. government should remove any features that might limit a potential vendor. However, the SPW must also be sufficiently descriptive and precise to protect U.S.
government interests and promote competition. The clarity and unambiguity of the WPS requirements will inevitably improve the quality of the proposals submitted. A final WPS is likely to produce final proposals, reducing the time required to evaluate proposals. Show Business & Finance definitions only (see all 64 definitions) Now that we understand the differences between a SOW and a PWS, we need to decide which one to use in a particular acquisition. The decision of use depends on the requirement. If there is a particular procedure that needs to be done to integrate it into a system or integrate it with other services, then a SOW might be appropriate. In this case, the contractor must follow the prescribed procedure and cannot deviate from it. If there is no specific procedure to follow, using a PWS usually leads to better results and often reduced costs.