Specifications Review

Documents for Ship Cost Reduction (DSCR)

This ongoing effort began in 2008, at the request of NAVSEA, who asked NSRP to oversee the dual process for both the shipbuilding industry to analyze and respond to NAVSEA's draft specification changes and for the Navy to respond to industry's request for specific changes.

Navy-Initiated Process

After completing data collection, risk analysis and revision from the Navy perspective, NAVSEA will forward the draft specification to the NSRP Executive Director.
The NSRP Executive Director will forward the draft specification for shipyards' review through the most appropriate entity for analysis. Depending on the specification, the receiving entity may be one of the Ship Production Panels or an ad hoc group established specifically for the Documents for Ship Cost Reduction (DSCR) effort.
The Panel or Ad Hoc Group will analyze the draft specification for its Cost Savings/Avoidance Potential as compared to its original form and, using a standard formatted template, submit a draft report of impact to the NSRP Executive Director.

This three-part assessment will examine:

  1. Specification Content – How will the altered content of the new/revised specification impact cost? What the Navy is seeking from industry through the NSRP ECB is concurrence that the proposed change is an appropriate measure to realize future cost savings, not a measure of savings.  This will be bounded as “High Value” or “Nominal Value”.
  2. Specification Application/Invocation – Independent of content, how can invocation impact costs? (e.g., a less burdensome shock spec will not save money if it is invoked where shock specifications are not needed or used to be exempt.)
  3. Risk -- Potential risks will also be examined and mitigating factors suggested.  Results will be documented on an NSRP-provided template.

The NSRP Executive Director will forward the draft analysis report to the ECB for approval, then to NAVSEA for disposition.

Industry-Initiated Process

One or more yards: identify a specification considered to be worthy of analysis and potential revision but not yet selected by NAVSEA; complete the NSRP standard formatted template; forward to NSRP Executive Director.

  • The NSRP Executive Director will vet the recommendation through the ECB, and with ECB concurrence, transmit the recommendation to NAVSEA.
  • NAVSEA will conduct a technical review and forward a written assessment report to the NSRP Executive Director.
  • The NSRP Executive Director will notify the ECB of NAVSEA disposition.