Step 1: Confirm Readiness
The Project Manager must review the project and confirm that it is appropriate to
begin a PDS. This informal assessment is based on a review of the Site/Design
Prospectus, site selection activities, the quality of previously conducted studies
(including the Feasibility Study), the progress of the authorization process, and the
availability of staff and resources to conduct an effective study.
Affirm project status
Several years may have passed since the completion of the Feasibility Study. Many local,
and PDS resources
customer agency, and project conditions may have changed during the interim. The
PDS should be an assessment of where the project is today and where the project needs
to go. As a first step, the project team becomes well versed in the project's background
and history in order to scope the appropriate PDS and guide it to completion.
1.1 Affirm project status and PDS resources
Determine whether the time is right to begin the PDS.
1.2 Assess supporting documents
Assess validity of supporting documents and review project history.
1.3 Assemble the PDS team
Identify all required GSA and customer agency team members and
ensure that the sufficient expertise is allocated for the PDS.
Update the PMP and
the overall PMP.
develop the Work Plan and
Clear direction for the PDS
Identification of the resources and strategy to be successful
Sufficient information to contract for the PDS
This task typically takes three (3) weeks.