Program Development Study Phase
Capitalize on Earlier GSA
Familiarity with the project's background
Don't overlook the
A basis for informed choices about the PDS team composition
significant advantages of
Identification of gaps in background documentation composition
involving the GSA experts
who participated during the
General direction to shape the scope of work
project's Feasibility Study,
site selection, and Design
This task typically takes one (1) week. Factor impacting duration:
Availability of personnel and documents
1.3 Assemble the PDS Team
The entire team should be assembled now (even if some team members' expertise is
not used until later in the PDS development). Each project uses a variety of GSA
associates as resources. Their topic expertise and knowledge of specific project areas help
to develop an effective PDS scope.
Develop a team roster.
Select a slate that pairs the project's issues with GSA expertise.
Consult "Appendix E," which describes the roles and responsibilities of the
team members, to develop the roster.
Include customer agency representatives.
Rely on customer agency representatives to provide knowledge about the
customer's requirements and to handle communications and coordination with
the customer agency.
Review any special needs or concerns discussed in the Feasibility Study
and then include customer representatives with the right expertise to help shape
and review the PDS.
Leverage outside stakeholders as a source of local knowledge and support.
Determine whether there are issues or opportunities influenced by
Use stakeholders to bring local input into the PDS process. They can provide
strategies for viable local approaches: funding additional construction costs
through local or state agencies and coordinating with nearby utilities, road repair,
local plans, or preservation features.