MIL-HDBK-61A: ECP Management Guide
This guide outlines recommended communications between the Government and Contractor for the timely request, preparation and approval of ECPs. It is meant to be used by the Government Program Managers, their teams, and their counterparts in industry as an aid to minimizing the overall costs and time required for initiation and approval of formal ECPs. Use of the guide can avoid the mistakes, omissions and ECP revisions that are frequently experienced when the expectations, needs and plans of both the Government and Contractor are poorly coordinated.
When using this guide, particularly in a competitive environment, it is essential that the procurement contracting officer (PCO) be the lead participant when making first contact with the contractor(s) to ensure that neither the letter nor the spirit of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) or Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR) are violated. It is also necessary that the PCO be kept informed as issues develop.
For correct application of this information, see NOTE on Contents page