Example FORMAT FOR PERFORMANCE WORK STATEMENT (PWS)
1. PROJECT TITLE: Provide a short, descriptive title of the work to be performed.
2. BACKGROUND: Describe the need for the services, the current environment, and the office’s mission as it relates to this requirement. Provide a brief
description/summary of the services sought.
3. SCOPE: Indicate which ITES-2S contract task area(s) apply to the work to be
performed. Include a high- level view of the procurement, its objectives, size, and
projected outcomes. Do not include anything that won’t contribute to the
expected result. Do include impacts/implications.
4. APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS: List legal, regulatory, policy, security, etc.
documents that are relevant. Include publication number, title, version, date,
where the document can be obtained, etc. If only portions of documents apply, so
5. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS: Provide a narrative of the specific
performance requirements or tasks that make up the PWS. Describe the work in
terms of the required output, i.e., what is expected from the contractor, rather
than how the work is to be accomplished or the number of hours to be provided.
Number the tasks sequentially, e.g., Task 1 - Title of Task and description, Task
2 - Title of Task and description, etc. The requirement must be defined
sufficiently for the contractor to submit a realistic proposal and for the
Government to negotiate a meaningful price or estimated cost.
6. PERFORMANCE STANDARDS: Performance standards establish the
performance levels required by the Government. Examples of performance
• Quality Standards: Condition, Error rates, Accuracy, Form/Function, Reliability,
• Quantity Standards: Capacity, Output, Volume, Amount
• Timeliness Standards: Response times, Delivery, Completion times, Milestones
7. INCENTIVES: Incentives should be used when they will encourage better quality performance. They may be either positive, negative or a combination of
both. Incentives may be monetary or non-monetary. Incentives do not need to be
present in every performance-based contract as an additional fee structure. In a
fixed price contract, the incentives would be embodied in the pricing and the
contractor could either maximize profit through effective performance or have
payments reduced because of failure to meet the performance standard.
• Positive Incentives - Actions to take if the work exceeds the standards.
Standards should be challenging, yet reasonably attainable.
• Negative Incentives - Actions to take if work does not meet standards.
8. DELIVERABLES AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE: List all outputs/outcomes with
specific due dates or time frames. Include media type, quantity, and delivery
point(s). State due dates in terms of calendar days after task order award.
9. GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED EQUIPMENT AND INFORMATION (GFE/GFI):
Identify the Government-furnished equipment and information, if any, to be
provided to the contractor, and identify any limitations on use. Be as specific as
10. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Specify whether the work will be performed at the contractor’s site or at a Government site, with exact address if possible.
Describe any local or long distance travel the contractor will be required to
11. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: State in terms of total calendar days after TO award (e.g., 365 calendar days after TO award), or in terms of start and end date
(e.g., October 1, 20XX through September 30, 20XX).
12. SECURITY: State whether the work will be UNCLASSIFIED,
CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET TOP SECRET or TOP SECRET SCI. and include
Contract Security Classification Specification, DD Form 254, as required in
individual TOs. ITES-2S Contract Section H.8 requires that the level
of classified access be incorporated into individual TOs as necessary.
13. QUALITY ASSURANCE SURVEILLANCE PLAN (QASP): This portion of
the PWS explains to the contractor what the Government’s expectations are, how
(and how often) deliverables or services will be monitored and evaluated, and
incentives that encourage the contractor to exceed the performance standards
and that reduce payment or impose other negative incentives when the
outputs/outcomes are below the performance standards. Attach the QASP to the
PWS. An example is provided on the next page.