Step 3: Conduct the Study
The PDS contractor is responsible for completing the study with the PDS team's
input and guidance. GSA guides the PDS, coordinates reviews, and keeps the customer
agency and stakeholders informed and involved. See "Chapter 2: What's Important
and When" to help review and guide the PDS development.
The PDS scope of work provides the detailed blueprint for conducting the study.
Following is a brief summary of some of the key steps.
3.1 Begin discussions with stakeholders
Use input from stakeholders to understand the customer agency, local context,
stakeholders' concerns, and opportunities.
3.2 Affirm program goals
Confirm or revise the program goals outlined in the Feasibility Study
and update specific goals and targets.
3.3 Develop design directives
Develop detailed design directives to support sound project implementation,
3.4 Produce the Implementation Plan
Update the PMP to describe key project milestones, risk management strategies,
and other relevant information.
3.5 Prepare a detailed budget
Apply the most up-to-date project data to ensure that the proposed budget
is sufficient to deliver the project.
A completed PDS
This task typically takes twenty-six (26) weeks. Factors impacting duration:
The complexity of the project
The inclusion of specialized studies
The time needed to review, digest, and develop the PDS into a solid