Manpower Studies

Manpower StudiesFederal Acquisition Strategies manpower studies experts analyze the workload and process drivers of agency acquisition and program management offices. We develop a Functional Summary by Work Center to demonstrate logical links to business processes, procedures, and workflows derived from authoritative data sources and personnel interviews.

Knowledge Areas

Data Sources

FAS starts with Organizational Chart(s) and Internal Manning Document(s) and develop an initial manpower questionnaire to capture functional area work processes. We ensure that data used to perform the Manpower Study and analysis comes from the agency’s subject matter experts to initially document performance in terms of each work function’s priority, stakeholder inputs, agency action, stakeholder outputs, system or database utilized, Governing Documents, frequency and processing times. The questionnaire is a living document that is updated as functions, supporting functions, tasks, meetings, queries, and work are discovered. The SME’s then validate the documented data utilized in organizational workflows, or derived metrics based on outcomes.


We use expert forecasting techniques and decision-making tools to determine current manhours per function, manpower forecasts and future manpower requirements. We apply Delphi technique or trend analysis to assess and predict work load analysis, work force analysis or other outcomes. We validate our analysis through this modeling documenting the results in an authoritative manpower study.

The FAS Value

Products: FAS links work functional areas to agency mission, objectives, strategic and operational goals. FAS links individual work to supporting agency mission, objectives, strategic and operational goals for Agency Supervisors use in developing personnel rating and evaluation data. FAS develops a comprehensive list of Functional Study Acronyms, Systems and Databases used by agency personnel in the study; FAS produces supporting documents for agency use including: Functional Summary by Work Centers; Input/Process/Output (IPO) Analysis Sheet; Manpower and Organizational Summary; Proposed Organizational Structure; The completed Manpower Study provides the agency a current snapshot of functional workload in manhours. The snapshot can be utilized to support justification for addition or removal of personnel.