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Formal Acquisition Plan Format

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Are you curious how our new product, Facilitated Intelligent Needs Development (FIND), provides pain-free and intelligent guidance through the maze of acquisition planning?     

One way is the available FIND Library of over 70 formats, templates, samples and guides that cover the critical activities in any acquisition process.  The FIND Library resources enable acquisition planning practitioners to prepare required acquisition planning documents that comply with Federal acquisition contents requirements presented in logical, suitable arrangements.  Most document types are available in multiple formats and levels of complexity to enable users to never have to start from a “blank sheet of paper.”  Users can select a suitable FIND Library resource that is easily tailorable to the size and complexity of any acquisition, while meeting agency-specific styles and content needs.  Want to see?  Download the Example Formal Acquisition Plan Format   as a freely available FIND sample.   

Are you new to working on an acquisition team?  Are you working on a smaller, low complexity requirement for which your agency allows a simpler, less formal AP?  Maybe a Template or an example of a more streamlined AP is what you need.  The FIND Library also has many Templates that are much like a Format, but also include helpful guidance so newer users can understand the required information for each section of the document.  The FIND Library also offers different AP Templates, both formal and informal, that may be more suitable for your agency’s needs. 

Check out our video that provides an overview of FIND.  Or better yet, request a demo at or contact us at (301) 392-1895 or   

Make it an enlightened day, 

Pat Shields 

Director – Acquisition Practice 

Seventh Sense Consulting 


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Patrick Shields

Mr. Patrick Shields has over 45 years of experience as an acquisition and contracting professional and innovative leader. Since 2016 Mr. Shields has served as the Seventh Sense Consulting LLC (SSC) Director of Acquisition Practice in which his extensive knowledge pf Federal Government acquisition and contracting, plus his passion for innovation and enlightened efficiency enable him to serve SSC’s clients, both directly through consulting engagements and indirectly, both as a “reachback” resource for all SSC personnel and by providing subject matter expertise (SME) for the development and support of SSC’s suite of Enlightened Solutions intelligent products. Prior to joining SSC, Mr. Shields was the Senior Manager for Research Services for ASI Government (ASI) (2012-2016), where he led a team of acquisition experts within ASI’s Virtual Acquisition Office (VAO) who researched and developed responses to inquiries on acquisition/ contracting topics that spanned the acquisition lifecycle plus various acquisition organization and policy-related topics. Also, Mr. Shields authored, co-authored or contributed content to dozens of VAO educational/advisory publications. Inquiry responses and VAO’s publications were provided to over 25,000 acquisition professionals within the numerous VAO subscriber agencies. Prior to joining the VAO, Mr. Shields served as a senior subject matter expert within ASI’s consulting division, providing expertise to various clients, including DoD and Intelligence Community agencies, GSA, and numerous other civilian agencies. Mr. Shields’ consulting efforts included development of acquisition-specific documents, agency-specific policies, and requested topical training materials and presentations. While at ASI, he earned ASI’s Masters Certificate in Performance Based Acquisition and was selected as an ASI Research Fellow. After a short time as a high school and collegiate level mathematics teacher, Mr. Shields began his acquisition and contracting career at the Naval Air Systems Command (1987-2004), advancing to serve in various Division Head level assignments for over 10 years before retiring from civil service. During this tenure, he executed and/or oversaw over $10B in contracts spanning the full major systems acquisition cycle for some of the most consequential major weapon systems programs in Naval Aviation. Mr. Shields earned numerous certifications, awards and recognitions, including DAWIA Level III in both Contracting and Program Management, was a Charter Member of the Navy Acquisition Corps, and a Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. Mr. Shields holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from Virginia Tech, plus master’s degrees in Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University, and in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.