Statement of Work Guide
III. SCOPE OF WORK
Since the amount of work involved is directly connected to the contract’s scope, scope
management is arguably the single most important contract management activity in terms
of achieving time and cost targets.
The scope of work is a small part of the overall SOW. The scope section briefly states what
the SOW does and does not cover. The scope paragraph defines the breadth and limitations
of the work to be performed — not how to do it. The information contained in the scope
should be limited to only what is necessary to convey the intent of the contract. For
instance; the following elements should be in the Task section and not in the Scope section:
1. Directions to the contractor to perform work tasks
2. Contract specifications or data requirements
3. Detailed description of deliverable products
Consideration of the contract’s scope is an important step in developing the contract
documents. The scope section of the SOW will be used to determine whether additional
work is “in or out” of scope. Out-of-scope requirements require a separate contract action.
The scope section should include the following:
__An outline of the extent of the work envisioned
__A brief overview of the steps, tasks, and/or phases of the project
__A brief description of the approach or methodology to be used
__A brief description of the location of the work. A detailed legal description of the
property may be required and, in some cases, it will be necessary to include a map
showing more detailed site location(s)
__Any pivotal decision points following completion of a task or phase (e.g., ‘stop/go.’ Is it
cost effective? Was the result of the initial study successful? Does the State have the
appropriate authority, e.g. permits, easements?).
__Identification of work that is not encompassed in the scope and which may need
clarification. Examples of this are:
1. Contractor provides sample collection; State provides lab.
2. State provides pumps; contractor installs pumps.
3. Should contractor encounter hazardous waste on the project site, the State will be responsible
for removal and any remediation necessary.
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