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What is a CSAW?
A Civilian Services Acquisition Workshop (SAW or CSAW) is a facilitated requirements development workshop built around a specific acquisition and its multi-functional integrated project team (IPT). The workshop walks the complete team through the Steps to Performance Based Acquisition (PBA) process from beginning to end.
Develop the vision, mission, high-level objectives, performance requirements, measurable standards and performance-based strategies for the agency project and a roadmap to complete it.
The primary focus of the CSAW is to get all members of the acquisition team or IPT contributing and working together to accomplish the necessary work. CSAWs focus on getting actual work product started (and possibly completed), giving the team the tools (knowledge, skills and understanding) to continue the process through to completion, and building a team commitment to continuing to work together.
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The Professional Services & Human Capital Categories (PSHC) will be hosting a series of webinars on a variety of topics related to CSAW and Performance-Based Acquisition (PBA) methodologies.
CSAW webinars are open to the federal acquisition workforce and offer Certified Learning Points. In addition, webinars are recorded and posted on GSA’s Youtube channel.
Below are all FY 24 CSAW webinar topics and dates. Registration links will be added as they become available.
Workshops bring the right team of people together based on pre-workshop engagement with executive sponsor(s) and project manager
For the SAW to be effective, all members of the acquisition team or IPT need to attend. However, the program manager, contracting officer, and contracting officer’s representatives (CORs) MUST attend the complete workshop. The SAW should be attended by all key members of the acquisition team. Typically this includes:
The duration of a CSAW is generally five (5) days for a virtual workshop, though more complex acquisitions may require follow-on sessions. Attendees will need to be present for all 5 days to fully participate in the workshop’s facilitated team activities, as well as to receive CLPs.
CSAWs are facilitated workshops built around a specific acquisition and their acquisition team or integrated project team (IPT). The workshop walks the team through the performance-based acquisition (PBA) process.
If you are interested in becoming a certified CSAW facilitator or co-facilitator, please review the CSAW Facilitator Certification Memo on requirements for the following: