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Capability Support ATP

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Reference Source: DoDI 5000.75 Section 4.2.d.(4)


At this decision point

  • The functional sponsor accepts full deployment of the system and approves transition to capability support.


Reference Source: DoDI 5000.75 Table 4

Statutory Requirements

  • None


Reference Source: DoDI 5000.75 Table 5

Considerations for Decision Criteria:

  • Measured performance of implemented future business processes.
  • Continued cybersecurity readiness.
  • Organizational readiness for capability support.


Reference Source: DoDI 5000.75 Table 3

The Functional Sponsor is the Decision Authority

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.