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Acquisition ATP

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Each page in this pathway presents a wealth of curated knowledge from acquisition policies, guides, templates, training, reports, websites, case studies, and other resources. It also provides a framework for functional experts and practitioners across DoD to contribute to the collective knowledge base. This site aggregates official DoD policies, guides, references, and more.

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Reference Source: DoDI 5000.75 Sect 4.2.c


At this decision point, the MDA:

  • Verifies the requirement is fully funded across the FYDP to support all the acquisition activities requested for approval.

  • Authorizes execution of the acquisition strategy and approves continued execution of the capability implementation plan.


Information Requirements


Statutory Requirements

  • Section 2222 Title 10, U.S.C. information / CMO certification (CMO certification can occur during prior phases, but must occur before the Acquisition ATP is approved.)
  • Solution approach (fulfills market research, analysis of alternatives and economic analysis)
  • Cybersecurity strategy (for mission essential and mission critical IT)


Considerations for Decision Criteria:

  • Alternatives leverage market research on existing or emerging COTS and GOTS products and services.
  • Potential business systemInformation systems that are operated by, for, or on behalf of the DoD, including: financial, contracting, logistics, planning and budgeting, installations management, human resources management, and training and readiness. solutions reflect traceability to functional requirements and decomposition.
  • Potential business system solutions include trade space to minimize customization.
  • Potentially expensive or high risk functional requirements are identified with recommended alternative approaches.
  • Potential business system solutions address technical and lifecycle support requirements.
  • Solution evaluation criteria include: economic analysis; satisfaction of functional requirements and information assets; satisfaction of technical requirements and lifecycle support requirements; and overall risk.
  • Solution evaluation criteria include (if needed): delivery schedule; evaluation of trade space for functional requirements; and enterprise impacts.
  • Technical management strategy identifies lifecycle methodology for development and delivery of the business system, to include capability support.
  • Consistency with DoD Information Enterprise policies and architecture.
  • Cybersecurity strategy consistent with DoD policies, standards and architectures, including interoperability requirements.
  • Auditability compliance is reviewed and confirmed, if necessary and appropriate
  • Certification under Section 2222 Title 10, U.S.C.

Authority to Proceed (ATP) Decisions

Based on DAG Chapter 6- content, Jan 2020

An ATP is a “milestone-like” event. It is possible to map some of the BCAC ATPs to traditional acquisition milestones, but the intent was not to make them equivalent. Table 4 of DoDI 5000.75 identifies the statutory requirements that are aligned to ATPs. In addition, the entrance criteria in Table 5 of DoDI 5000.75 —which can be further tailored—help point to what may need to be accomplished for an ATP.

Some key points about ATPs include:

  • ATP meetings or decision reviews should include participation/input from all relevant stakeholders and decisions should be based on timely and relevant capability or program information.

  • Chief Management Officer and MDA roles both exercise decision authority at:

    • Functional Requirements ATP, during which it is determined if there is a valid requirement and/or if a business system is needed

    • Acquisition ATP, during which it is determined whether or not to acquire a particular system and where the CMO initially certifies funds

  • The leading community recommendation is to capture both investment and acquisition decisions in a single memo with two signatures; discussion will continue on the Business Systems Community of Practice (DoD CAC Required) regarding ATP procedures and documentation.

  • Although separate reviews for Clinger-Cohen Act Compliance are no longer required under BCAC, some organizations may choose to include a CIO signature on ATP documentation beginning with the Acquisition ATP.