Acronyms Used in Government Contracting (P)

Master list of the most frequently used government contracting acronyms. These acronyms and abbreviations are routinely used in government solicitations. You will also encounter these acronyms throughout the various sections of government contracts. This master list of acronyms will help you better understand the specialized language of government contracting. This is essential for successfully doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) and working with contracting offices at military bases and DoD agencies.  You can also use our Glossary of defense contracting terms.


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P&A   Price and Availability
P&D   Production and Deployment 
P&L   Profit and Loss
P&T   Personnel and Training
P/B   Program/Budget
P3I   Preplanned Product Improvement
PA   Partnering Agreement
PA   Product Assurance
PA&E   Program Analysis and Evaluation 
PAC   Production Acquisition Cost
PARCA   Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analysis
PAT   Process Action Team
PAT&E   Production Acceptance Test and Evaluation
PAUC   Program Acquisition Unit Cost
PB   President’s Budget
PBA   Performance-Based Acquisition
PBC   Performance-Based Contracting
PBL   Performance-Based Life-Cycle Product Support
PBL   Performance-Based Logistics
PBR   Program Budget Review
PBSA   Performance-Based Services Acquisition
PBWS   Performance-Based Work Statement
PCA   Physical Configuration Audit
PCA  Pre-Certification Authority
P-CDRA   Post-Critical Design Review Assessment
PCO   Procuring Contracting Officer
PCR   Procurement Center Representative
PCR  Program Change Request
PD   Program Director 
PDP   Procurement Data Package  
PDR   Program Development Plan
PDR   Post-Deployment Review
PDR   Preliminary Design Review 
PE   Planning Estimate
PE   Program Element
PEM   Program Element Monitor (Air Force)
PEO   Program Executive Officer
PEP   Producibility Engineering and Planning
PERT   Program Evaluation Review Technique
PESO   Product Engineering Services Office
PESHE   Programmatic Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Evaluation 
PGI   Procedures, Guidance and Information 
PHA   Preliminary Hazard Analysis
PHL   Preliminary Hazard List
PHS&T   Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation
PI   Product Improvement
PIN   Part Identification Number  (Part Identifying Number)
PIP   Product Improvement Plan 
PIPT   Program-Level Integrated Product Team
PK   (Contracting Office Symbol - Air Force)  
PLT   Procurement Lead Time
PLT   Production Lead Time
PM   Product Manager  
PM   Program Manager / Project Manager
PMA   Program Management Agreement
PMB   Performance Measurement Baseline
PMD   Program Management Directive (Air Force)
PMD   Program Management Document
PMO   Program Management Office
PMP   Program Management Plan
PMR   Program Management Review
PO   Program Office
PO   Project Order
PO   Purchase Order
POA   Plan of Action
POC   Point of Contact
POE   Program Office Estimate 
POL   Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants
POM   Program Objectives Memorandum
POMCUS   Prepositioned Overseas Materiel Configured to Unit Sets
POP   Period of Performance  
PoPS   Probability of Program Success
POR   Program of Record
PPBE   Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution 
P-PDRA   Post-Preliminary Design Review Assessment
PPI   Past Performance Information
PPIRS   Past Performance Information Retrieval System
PPL   Provisioning Parts List
PPP   Program Protection Plan
PPQT   Pre-Production Qualification Test
PPS   Post-Production Support 
PPSP   Post-Production Support Plan
PPSS   Post-Production Software Support 
PQT   Production Qualification Test
PR   Procurement Request
PR   Purchase Request
PRS   Performance Requirement Summary
PRA   Paper Reduction Act
PRAT   Production Reliability Acceptance Test
PROM   Programmable Read-Only Memory
PRR   Production Readiness Review
PSA   Product Support Arrangement
PSC   Product Service Code
PSE   Peculiar Support Equipment
PSI   Product Support Integrator
PSM   Product Support Manager
PSP   Product Support Provider
PSR   Program Support Review
PSS   Product Support Strategy
PTAP   Procurement Technical Assistance Program
PTD   Provisioning Technical Documentation
PUC   Procurement Unit Cost 
PWBS   Program Work Breakdown Structure
PWC   Public Works Center
PWD   Public Works Department
PWRMS   Prepositioned War Reserve Materiel Stocks
PWS   Performance Work Statement
PY   Prior Year 


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