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Business System Categories (BCATs)

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Reference Source: DoDI 5000.75, Section 3.1

 

Table 1: DoD Business System Categories

Business System Category / Reason for Designation Decision Authorities
I • Priority defense  business system  expected to have a total amount of budget authority over the period of the current Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) in excess of $250,000,000; or
• DoD CMO designation as priority based on complexity, scope, and technical risk, and after notification to Congress.

Requirements Validation / CMO Certification: DoD CMO or as delegated

MDA: defense acquisition executive or as delegated (not below CAE).

II • Does not meet criteria for category I
• Expected to have a total amount of budget authority over the period of the current FYDP in excess of $50,000,000.

Requirements Validation / CMO Certification: MILDEP CMO or as delegated; DoD CMO or as delegated for all other DoD Components

MDA: CAE or as delegated

III • Does not meet criteria for category II

Requirements Validation / CMO Certification: DoD CMO or MILDEP CMO may designate as requiring certification

MDA: Same as category II and further delegation encouraged

1. Transitions from lower to higher business system categories based on FYDP cost thresholds become effective no later than when the President’s Budget is submitted to Congress.

 

2. Business systems will not transition automatically from higher to lower business system category even if FYDP costs no longer exceed thresholds for the higher category. The MDA, in coordination with the appropriate CMO decision authority, will make the decision to transition from a higher to lower category