Big Data Analysis of Contractor Performance Information for Services Acquisition in DoD: A Proof of Concept

Report Number: SYM-AM-16-071

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Data Analysis

Report Series: Symposium Proceedings

Authors: Uday Apte, Rene Rendon, Michael Dixon

Title: Big Data Analysis of Contractor Performance Information for Services Acquisition in DoD: A Proof of Concept

Published: 2016-05-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2016/SYM-AM-16-071.pdf

Keywords: Big Data, contractor performance

Abstract:

This paper explores the use of Big Data analytic techniques to explore and analyze large datasets that are used to capture information about DoD services acquisitions. We describe the burgeoning field of Big Data analytics, how it is used in the private sector, and how it could potentially be used in acquisition research. We test the application of Big Data analytic techniques by applying them to a dataset of CPARS (Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System) ratings of acquired services, and we create predictive models that explore the causes of failed services contracts using three analytic techniques: logistic regression, decision tree analysis, and neural networks. The report concludes with recommendations for using Big Data analytic techniques in acquisition.