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Cost growth
Contracts
The specifier's authority
Constructive changes
Statements of work versus specifications
Organization
Citing specifications and standards
Performance or design
Verification of requirements
Tolerances
Warranties
Government Furnished Equipment and Information
Conflicting requirements
Impossibility of performance
Agreements-to-agree
Commercial and Non-Developmental Items (CANDI)
Hazardous materials
Approval and authorization
The Contracting Officer
Data requirements in specifications and SOWs
Time pressure and professionalism
Property disposal
Writing Specifications
Sentence structure
How grammatical errors in specifications are handled
References
Elegant variation
Types of ambiguities
Totality
The slash mark "/"
Verb tenses and auxiliary verb usage
Point-of-view for reviewers of specifications
Modifiers that apply to two or more nouns
Essential and nonessential dependent clauses
Multiple conjunctions
Specifications in the third person
Lists
Usage of words and phrases
"Affect" and "effect"
"And/or"
"Any"
"As a minimum" and "not limited to"
"As well as"
"Because"
"Capable"
Coined words
"Comprise"
"Critical"
"Designed to"
"Ensure," "insure" and "assure"
"Etc."
Forbidden words and phrases
"Host"
"Include"
"Limited"
Military jargon
Minimum
"Or"
"Up to"
Usage of "which" and "that" in specs
Vague adjectives and adverbs
Words with legal meanings different from common usage
Restrictive and nonrestrictive dependent clauses
Chains of prepositional phrases
The Paperwork Reduction Act
Other deliverable data
Fairness to competing vendors
Paragraph cross references
Acronyms
Warranting fitness for a purpose
Ambiguous words
Contextual ambiguity
Syntactic ambiguities
Punctuation to resolve ambiguities
"Front end" work
Ellipsis
Specifying by make and model number
Tiering of specifications
Government specifications and standards
How to avoid citing military specifications or standards
Industry standards
Canceled specifications
Performance specifications
Design specifications
Government policy on industry standards and performance specifications
Getting your specifications approved for release
Statements of Objectives
Referring to other documents in the RFP
Personal services
Pronoun references
Waivers
Operationalism
Deconstructionism
Gender specificity
Doing it right the first time
Ozone-depleting substances (ODS)
The noun family
The verb family
Prepositions
Conjunctions
Clauses
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Guide to Specification Writing

Guide to Specification Writing

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