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Assumptions About the Reader This guide is intended for individuals responsible for procuring ITS. It is recommended that users of this guide have the following basic skills and/or background: An understanding of ITS An understanding of the risks associated with the procurement of ITS An awareness of state procurement regulations, policies, and practices An awareness of federal procurement regulations, policies, and guidelines A general understanding of systems engineering with respect to project development Familiarity and experience with project management principles of high-technology projects 2