Term -Advisory and Assistance Services

Those services provided under contract by nongovernmental sources to
support or improve: organizational policy development; decision-making;
management and administration; program and/or project management and
administration; or R&D activities. It can also mean the
furnishing of professional advice or assistance rendered to improve the
effectiveness of Federal management processes or procedures (including
those of an engineering and technical nature). In rendering the
foregoing services, outputs may take the form of information, advice,
opinions, alternatives, analyses, evaluations, recommendations,
training and the day-to-day aid of support personnel needed for the
successful performance of ongoing Federal operations. All advisory and
assistance services are classified in one of the following definitional
subdivisions:

    (1) Management and professional support
services, i.e., contractual services that provide assistance, advice or
training for the efficient and effective management and operation of
organizations, activities (including management and support services
for R&D activities), or systems. These services are normally
closely related to the basic responsibilities and mission of the agency
originating the requirement for the acquisition of services by
contract. Included are efforts that support or contribute to improved
organization of program management, logistics management, project
monitoring and reporting, data collection, budgeting, accounting,
performance auditing, and administrative technical support for
conferences and training programs.

    (2) Studies, analyses and evaluations,
i.e., contracted services that provide organized, analytical
assessments/evaluations in support of policy development,
decision-making, management, or administration. Included are studies in
support of R&D activities. Also included are acquisitions of
models, methodologies, and related software supporting studies,
analyses or evaluations.

    (3) Engineering and technical services,
i.e., contractual services used to support the program office during
the acquisition cycle by providing such services as systems engineering
and technical direction (see 9.505-1(b)) to ensure the effective
operation and maintenance of a weapon system or major system as defined
in OMB Circular No. A-109 or to provide direct support of a weapon
system that is essential to research, development, production,
operation or maintenance of the system.

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