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CMO Certification

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Reference Source: DoDI 5000.75 Appendix 4C




  • Provides certification for all priority business systems under Section 2222 Title 10, U.S.C., and for other business systems as required that are not under the authority of a MILDEP CMO.

  • May require any business system to receive certification before development and may designate any business system as a priority business system after notifying Congress.



  • Provide certification as required for any business system of their respective MILDEP, other than a priority business system.

  • May request designation of a non-priority business system as requiring DoD CMO certification.

  • In collaboration with the program manager, participates in the development of necessary certification artifacts and preparation for certification as early as practical in the life cycle.


Program Manager

  • The program manager collaborates with the appropriate CMO decision authority to develop necessary certification artifacts and prepare for certification as early as practical in the lifecycle. This proactive approach ensures that risks and issues are addressed before the Acquisition ATP.


CMO Certification

1. The appropriate CMO decision authority will certify that business systems covered by Section 2222 of Title 10, U.S.C., meet the requirements of subsection (g)(1)(A-E) of Section 2222 of Title 10, U.S.C., before proceeding to development and on an annual basis thereafter, for any fiscal year in which appropriated or non-appropriated funds are expended for development or sustainment.


2. The initial CMO certification is conducted no later than the Acquisition ATP. This can occur either at the annual review and certification or during an out-of-cycle review and certification.


3. Annual CMO certification after the initial CMO certification is conducted before each fiscal year in accordance with the procedures in the current DoD CMO Memorandum.