4.6.5 Basis for Selection
DoD acquisition management must focus on balancing cost, schedule, performance, and risk by selecting the contractor team that provides the best value to the user within acceptable risk limits. Therefore, the RFP/Source Selection process must evaluate each offeror's capability for meeting product and process technical, cost and schedule requirements while addressing and controlling the risks inherent in a program.
The evaluation team should discriminate among offerors
based upon the following:
- Risks determined by comparison with the best practices
- Ability to perform with a focus on the critical risk elements inherent
in the program.
- Adherence to requirements associated with any mandatory legal
- Past performance on efforts similar to the proposed program being
The process of choosing among offerors may be enhanced
if the evaluation team includes risk management as a "source selection
discriminator." Risk management then becomes an important factor in the Source
Selection Authority determination of who provides the most executable program.