US army launch new procurement technology

The US Army is introducing new contract writing software to replace their old procurement technology

U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems has confirmed the initial launch of the Army Contract Writing System, which is a platform designed to provide the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement with a single enterprise writing and management system to streamline the Army contracting process.

There will be an initial user group for the technology at 29 locations, using 104 contracting personnel to provide feedback on the system.

What will the Army Contract Writing System allow users to do?

  • Generate solicitation, award and modification documents in Uniform Contract Format
  • Generate Procurement Data Standard-compliant transactions
  • Import vendors from the System for Award Management
  • Link to the Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment Clause Logic Service to complete required clause interviews
  • Receive purchase requests from the Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System
  • Connect to the Federal Procurement Data System to complete contract action reports

The ACWS rollout 

The next phase of the rollout of ACWS,  will involve approximately 350 additional users from Army Contracting Command and the Army National Guard, and is planned for the first quarter of fiscal year 2024. The ACWS will ultimately replace the Standard Procurement System/Procurement Desktop-Defense and the Procurement Automated Data and Document Systems that have previously been used.

“This marks the beginning of a new era of Army contract writing,” said Steve Edsall, ACWS product lead at PEO EIS. “We’re leveraging existing technologies and maximising shareability and reuse across the DOD.”

ACWS collaborated with the Defense Logistics Agency to host and manage the software environment, providing significant cost savings for the programme. This strategy also provides the potential for future opportunities for shared capability development with the Navy, Air Force and DLA.

“I’m proud to share that ACWS is one of the early adopters of Agile at PEO EIS,” said Kevin Curry, project manager for the Defense Integrated Business Systems portfolio, which oversees ACWS. “As ACWS moves forward, the team will work closely with the functional community, our technical integration provider and other partners to incrementally add functionality, when relevant and ready.”


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