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Reference Source: DoDI 5000.75 Section 4.2.b.(2)


At this decision point:

  • The appropriate CMO decision authority validates that sufficient business process reengineering has been conducted to determine whether a business system is required.
  • The MDA approves execution of the activities outlined in the capability implementation plan defined in Appendix 4B.

Information Requirements

  • Business Processes. High-level business processes must be structured to focus on the work to be conducted and on the information used, not supporting IT.
  • Capability Implementation Plan. See Appendix 4B for information on the capability implementation plan. 

Statutory Requirements

  • None


Reference Source: DoDI 5000.75, Table 5


Considerations for Decision Criteria include:

  • High-level business processes include performance measures and supporting activities and tasks with inputs and outputs.
  • Business processes focus on work and not supporting systems or IT.
  • Clear understanding of the process and functional changes needed to achieve future business processes.
  • Key processes identified for improvement documented with changes in process models.
  • Business processes reflect knowledge of industry state of the art.
  • Business process actions identified, prioritized and included in the capability implementation plan.
  • ROM cost estimate for all business changes to achieve future business processes.
  • Affordability targets for business system with compelling business case for committing organizational resources for work planned up to next decision point.
  • Acquisition strategy outlines planned decision points and decision authorities.
  • Consistency with DoD Information Enterprise policies and architecture
  • High-level understanding of capability support requirements.
  • Initial cybersecurity strategy consistent with DoD policies, standards, and architectures.

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.