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Expanded Guidance for NASA Systems Engineering. Volume 2: Crosscutting Topics, Special Topics, and AppendicesHistorically, most successful NASA projects have depended on effectively blending project management, systems engineering, and technical expertise among NASA, contractors, and third parties. Underlying these successes are a variety of agreements (e.g., contract, memorandum of understanding, grant, cooperative agreement) between NASA organizations or between NASA and other Government agencies, Government organizations, companies, universities, research laboratories, and so on. To simplify the discussions, the term "contract" is used to encompass these agreements. This section focuses on the NASA systems engineering activities pertinent to awarding a contract, managing contract performance, and completing a contract. In particular, NASA systems engineering interfaces to the procurement process are covered, since the NASA engineering technical team plays a key role in the development and evaluation of contract documentation. Contractors and third parties perform activities that supplement (or substitute for) the NASA project technical team accomplishment of the NASA common systems engineering technical process activities and requirements outlined in this guide. Since contractors might be involved in any part of the systems engineering life cycle, the NASA project technical team needs to know how to prepare for, allocate or perform, and implement surveillance of technical activities that are allocated to contractors.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Document Type
Special Publication (SP)
Steven R Hirshorn
(National Aeronautics and Space Administration Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States)
Date Acquired
August 1, 2017
Publication Date
March 1, 2016
Subject Category
Engineering (General)
Report/Patent Number
NASA/SP-2016-6105/SUPPL/Vol 2
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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