NCMA Solicits Public Review Comments on the Draft Contract Management Standard Publication (Closes March 12, 2019)

Jan 25, 2019

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The National Contract Management Association is soliciting public review comments from interested parties on the draft Contract Management StandardTM (CMS) Publication. This requirement is being done to develop a new American National Standard (ANS) through the accreditation processes of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The CMS reflects the combined knowledge of government and commercial buyers and sellers, as well as academicians, regulatory authorities, and consultants. The CMS is intended to be applied by contract managers using the judgment required to adapt to any unique circumstances of the reader. Consequently, the CMS provides guidance to the contract management profession without restricting technological advancement or freedom to operate. The CMS describes the nature of contract management in terms of the contract manageĀ­ment processes created through the integration and interaction of job tasks and competencies, and the purposes they serve.

Project Need

ANSI accreditation of the CMS will—

  1. Provide stability to the contract management career field,
  2. Identify meaningful job tasks and competencies, and
  3. Provide a roadmap for targeted and relevant professional development.

The rigorous ANSI accreditation process inspires continuous improvement and provides a bridge between formal standards and individual competence and organizational capability.

Interested Parties

Interested parties include government and commercial buyers and sellers, academicians, regulatory authorities, and consultants.


Draft CMS Availability

To request a free PDF version, please contact the NCMA standards project manager (Dr. John Wilkinson, CPCM) at



Send all comments to with copied on the email.

All comments should be specific and include the following information:

  1. The page and paragraph numbers containing the text in question;
  2. The rationale for the objection;
  3. Alternative text that would resolve the objection; and
  4. An indication as to whether the comment is subject matter, editorial, or general in nature.

Comment Deadline: March 12, 2019