PM AcqBusiness Introduces Executive Dashboard For Senior Leadership to Assess, Evaluate Programs

PM AcqBusiness Introduces Executive Dashboard  For Senior Leadership to Assess, Evaluate Programs

Ken Waldrop The Product Manager Acquisition Business (PM AcqBusiness) team is building the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT) Executive Dashboard, a tool designed to help senior leadership conduct analysis on Army acquisition programs. Using the Executive Dashboard, senior-level leaders can view key consolidated program data from multiple authoritative data sources. Viewing data in a dashboard format allows managers to better assess the health and status of the ASAALT enterprise and to quickly identify performance gaps. The Executive Dashboard will consistently display and graphically visualize data, enabling users to conduct analysis on individual programs and program portfolios. Over time, the Executive Dashboard will provide predictive […]

PM AcqBusiness Recognized as 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate

PM AcqBusiness Recognized as 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate

Ken Waldrop U.S. Army Product Manager Acquisition Business (PM AcqBusiness) has earned the distinction of being a 2012 Laureate in the International Data Group’s (IDG’s) Computerworld Honors Program. Founded by IDG in 1988, the program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. The annual awards honor visionary applications of information technology (IT) promoting positive social, economic, and educational change. LTC Maurice “Mo” Stewart, PM AcqBusiness in the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, Fort Belvoir, VA, attended the gala awards ceremony June 4 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. “There’s no question technology plays a vital role in driving business forward. It ensures an […]

Next Generation Business Environment

Next Generation Business Environment

Ken Waldrop The Army continues to strive toward a common operating environment that enhances its business management capabilities and improves operational efficiency. Product Manager Acquisition Business (PM AcqBusiness) has become the technological spearhead for this goal and is powering the Army’s acquisition community by using innovative information technology (IT) to enable powerful decision making. As LTC Maurice Stewart, PM AcqBusiness, said, “Though it sounds cliché, our end goal is to get the right information to the right people at the right time—with high-powered technology.” To this end, AcqBusiness is working diligently to implement a sophisticated operating environment called the Next Generation Business Environment (NGBE). In its most recent IT transformation […]

Meet the DASA PPR

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Plans, Programs, and Resources (PPR) serves as the Chief Financial Officer and advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT), including program executive offices (PEOs) and Direct Reporting Units, which include the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center. Our subordinate organizations include the PPR, Performance Assessment and Root Cause Analysis (PARCA), and Manpower and Force Structure Directorates. DASA PPR’s focus is to effectively and efficiently administer the programming, allocation, and execution of more than $43 billion annually, including more than 650 acquisition programs and $157 billion across the Future Years Defense Plan. As the co-chairs of […]

Army PARCA Office

In September 2010, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Plans, Programs, and Resources (DASA PPR) established the Army Performance Assessment and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA) office. The purpose was to realign the mission for program visibility, analysis, and reporting from the DASA for Acquisition and Systems Management and to include the related oversight of programs mission identified by the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (WSARA) of 2009. The responsibilities of the Army PARCA office are to: Provide program visibility and acquisition reporting for all Major Defense Acquisition Programs, Major Automated Information Systems, and Acquisition Categories (ACAT) I, II, and III programs in accordance with 10 United States Code […]

The Path to a Successful Army Cost Position: Understanding the Process

The Path to a Successful Army Cost Position: Understanding the Process

Tracey Goldstein and Steve Loftus First of two installments For the past few years, DoD budget reductions have been looming just on the edge of the horizon. Now those budget limitations are upon us. As such, costs are at the forefront of the decision-making process. Leaders rely on high-quality cost estimates, based on approved requirement descriptions, to support their decisions on using limited DoD resources. Acquisition program managers need to be prepared to provide cost descriptions and estimates earlier in the life-cycle process, to explain and justify methodologies used, and to prove that the program is resourced in accordance with the estimate. These descriptions are provided to HQDA. Acquisition reform […]

Journey of a Successful CARD

Proper preparation of a Cost Analysis Requirements Description (CARD) is a vital step in having a successful acquisition program. Here is how the CARD is completed: The Program Management Office (PMO) staff prepares the CARD. The project manager then signs the CARD and submits it to the program executive officer (PEO) for approval. Once signed by the PEO, the CARD is submitted to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Plans, Programs, and Resources (DASA PPR) for staffing to Cost Review Board (CRB) representatives. The representatives review the CARD sections that describe their respective functional areas for completeness, adherence to regulatory guidelines and laws, and mission priorities. Any deficiencies […]

The Cost Review Board Process: Reaching Consensus

The Cost Review Board Process: Reaching Consensus

Tracey Goldstein and Steve Loftus Second of two installments To bring Army agencies together and gain consensus on a single Army position for cost, the Army developed the Cost Review Board (CRB). The end state of the CRB process is a life-cycle cost estimate called an Army Cost Position (ACP). The ACP is used to create a cost basis for Army program baselines, acquisition decisions, programming, and budgeting. The ACP is also the basis for the Army’s submission of the Acquisition Program Baseline submitted to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Congress. The CRB process brings together senior Army leadership from the acquisition, requirements development, financial management, programming, […]

Utility Helicopters Office Reaches Out to Special Needs Students

Utility Helicopters Office Reaches Out to Special Needs Students

Sofia C. Bledsoe For the past two years, the Utility Helicopters Project Office (UHPO) of Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation has taken several opportunities to share its passion and experiences with the Special Education class at Sparkman High School in Harvest, AL. Pilots have visited the students in their classrooms, talked about their work, showed them the gear they wear, and told stories about what it’s like to be a helicopter pilot. This time they partnered with Specialized Education Services Inc. (SESi) and took the community outreach program to another level. Eleven students from the Special Education class had an opportunity May 9 to see what an actual helicopter looks […]

ECBC Engineers Create Tablet Applications for Cost-Effective Training Options

ECBC Engineers Create Tablet Applications for Cost-Effective Training Options

Teachers use it to teach lessons. Football players study their plays on it. Now Soldiers can use the tablet computer as a one-stop device for training refreshers, an easy-to-carry installation manual, and more. “On one small mobile device, a warfighter has a full library of information to support a device or even to support the operation of a full vehicle. If a warfighter is carrying a mobile device, the weight of his or her backpack is significantly less,” said COL Raymond Compton, Military Deputy, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), Edgewood, MD. In addition to being cost-effective, the 21st-century advancements in technology, coupled with a desire to equip the warfighter with […]