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Research, Studies & Reports

The Federal Acquisition Institute promotes and coordinates government wide research and studies to improve the procurement process and the laws, policies, methods, regulations, procedures, and forms relating to acquisition by the executive agencies [41 U.S.C. 405(d)(5)(b)]. 

Additional information may be found in the Governance that guides FAI's operations.

Acquisition Research

FAI has established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with George Washington University's (GWU) Government Procurement Law and Master of Science in Government Contracts (MSGC) programs. The MOU facilitates collaboration on the development and promotion of acquisition research on a variety of topics. This partnership contributes to an increase in learning and development as well as promotes innovation to increase efficiencies in current acquisition processes and practices. As acquisition research papers developed by law and graduate students become available, they will be posted below:

The Underemployment Impact of the HUBZone Employee Definition Rule

Author: Robert York-Westbrook

Disclaimer: The information and opinions expressed within these GWU acquisition research papers do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of FAI, GSA, or any Federal government entity. FAI assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the content provided, and FAI does not endorse these papers, the author(s), or GWU. For information on specifics pertaining to the documents, we will direct you to GWU and/or the student author.

Certification Reports

This report presented by FAI in consultation with the Chief Acquisition Officers (CAO) Council, the Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council, the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Council, the Chief Human Capital Officers Council (CHCO), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and other government and non-government organizations, reflects recommendations for establishing the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) Program.

"Contracting Officer Technical Representatives: Managing the Government's Technical Experts to Achieve Positive Contract Outcomes" provides findings and recommendations based on a survey of COTRs from 10 agencies that spent 90 percent of the Government's contracting dollars. These highly experienced COTRs provide a compelling and authoritative perspective on contracting and on how they can be better managed to ensure positive contract outcomes in terms of the quality, timeliness, completeness, and cost of contract deliverables.

Human Capital Reports

There is a higher rate of transition among GS-1102s compared to other government-wide workforce occupational series. Through the GS-1102 Workforce Mobility Study, FAI sought to investigate potential root causes and to provide insight into the trends and potential drivers of GS-1102 transfers. Additionally, this study explored the potential benefits and challenges to having a transferable, and highly mobile government-wide GS-1102 workforce. In conjunction with additional research, the findings of this study could help agency and government-wide leaders more effectively manage a highly skilled and qualified acquisition workforce.

Annual Workforce Reports

Competency Reports/Evaluations