NASA Poster Presentation Final
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - NASA Poster Presentation Final
National Aeronautics &
• Become familiar with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and NASA
FAR supplement and other statutes and regulations that govern the
• Obtain a basic understanding of the federal procurement processes and
procedures through hands on experience with the agency.
• Learn the different types of government contracts from simplified acquisitions
to negotiated procurements and make strategic decisions regarding the best
method of procurement.
• Actually participate in the formation of a contract from market research,
planning, solicitation, evaluating proposals and contract award.
• Learn contract cost principles and procedures and perform cost and price
analysis of contractor proposals.
• Perform contract administration activities including evaluating contractor
performance, reviewing and approving invoices and reports and contract
• Obtain a basic understanding of small business and socioeconomic
programs, application of labor laws, procurement integrity and standards of
conduct and ethics.
This internship provided valuable career development experience for a career as a procurement
professional. I worked directly with the sole IV&V Contracting Officer providing administrative
support while developing expertise in the acquisition field. I was exposed to all aspects of
federal contract management and administration. Hands-on experience was provided to
prepare me for future positions within the acquisition community. Under close supervision, I
gained contracting experience by participating in pre-award planning and documentation;
soliciting, administration and closeout of actual IV&V contracts. My efforts enabled the IV&V
Program to be more efficient and effective. My procurement activities allowed the Contracting
Officer to focus more on the program's complex procurement issues.
NASA’s Vision: “We reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for
the benefit of humankind.”
Mission: “Drive advances in science, technology, aeronautics,
and space exploration to enhance knowledge,
education, innovation, economic vitality, and
stewardship of Earth.”
Assignment: Federal Contracting Internship
Host: NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Facility
Location: Fairmont, WV
Duration: September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015, Approximately
Paul LaMancusa MPA 2015
West Virginia University, Department of Public Administration
I took 4 courses towards my Contracting Level 1 DAWIA certification, offered by Defense
Acquisitions University. The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act required the DoD
to establish a formal process through which persons in the acquisition workforce would
recognized having achieved professional status. Since its inception, DAU has been made
available to civilian agencies as well.
3. Contract Administration
2. Evaluation and Award
1. Pre-award and
The Contracting Process
Description of Activities
Contracting often requires professionals to work in cross-functional teams. I worked with
members from financial management, operations and maintenance, software engineering, and
senior leadership, in order to support our IV&V program’s mission. In supporting the IV&V
Contracting Officer, I was exposed to a variety of contract scopes, vehicles, amounts, and
complexities. Below are some of the contracts I most regularly dealt with. In addition to
contracts for IV&V support services, I often handled small purchases and/or other procurements
below the simplified acquisitions threshold of 150K.
Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is a substantial and complex set of rules governing
the federal government's purchasing process. Its purpose is to ensure purchasing procedures
are standard and consistent, and conducted in a fair and impartial manner (Small Business
Administration). Like any set of federal regulations, FAR is responsive to all legislative statutes
and executive orders issued by our federal government. Large agencies, as is the case for
NASA, have their own FAR supplement policy to guide contracting authorities. Each agency
policy must interpret and apply procurement procedures in accordance with FAR. Failure to do
so can leave agencies vulnerable to protest or even lawsuits.
The NASA IV&V Program is committed to charitable giving and community outreach. I took part
in several community service initiatives throughout the duration of my internship. Community
outreach activities I participated in included the MMS Launch Party and NASA’s Day in the Park
which hosted 400+ students grades 6 through 8. Also, I attended numerous fundraising events
in support of the North Central WV, Combined Federal Campaign.
IV&V’s Mission: “To provide our customers assurance that their safety and
mission-critical software will operate reliably and safely and to
advance the systems and software engineering disciplines. In
doing so, we work to standards of excellence, provide
professional engineers, provide national and global leadership,
focus on customer satisfaction, and adhere to and
demonstrate our core set of values: safety, integrity, respect,
teamwork, balance, innovation, and excellence.”