The Army’s Integration Team

The Army’s Integration Team

Katie Cain On October 1, 2011, the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Integration (PEO I) transitioned to the System of Systems Integration (SoSI) Directorate under the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT), to manage system integration and the Army’s new acquisition model known as the Agile Process. SoSI became a subordinate organization of ASAALT. Reporting directly to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Systems Management at ASAALT headquarters, SoSI is part of continuing efforts to improve procurement practices, streamline requirements, better manage cost and schedule issues, integrate new technologies before they are sent to theater, and work more closely with industry. Today, SoSI […]

The Optimal Program Structure

The Optimal Program Structure

This article first appeared in the July-August issue of Defense AT&L Magazine (http://www.dau.mil/pubscats/Pages/DefenseAtl.aspx). Frank Kendall Not too long ago, I was asked during a Q&A session with one of the courses at DAU what I thought the optimal program structure was. The question itself suggests a misunderstanding of how programs should be structured, and more importantly, it may be an example of a type of behavior that I’ve seen too much of in the past two years since I came back to government service. The answer to the question is either: (A) There is none, or (B) There are an infinite number. There is no one best way to structure […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Education and Training Opportunities The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) announcement is open until July 31 to all eligible personnel in GS-11 through GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. ATAP is an amazing opportunity to complete either your bachelor’s or master’s degree during off-duty time and have the Army pay for it! For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-tuition-assistance-program/. The Excellence in Government Fellowship (EIGF) announcement will be open from July 12 through Aug. 13 to all eligible personnel in grades GS-14 through GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. EIGF offers our senior acquisition workforce members […]

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 […]