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Components of End Item
9/19/2017 3:59:00 PM
Question: What regulations cover development of the CoEI during technical manual development?
Answer: COEI is governed by AR 71-32, Force Development and Documentation - Consolidated Policies. A COEI belongs as part of a Class VII end item and normally has no separate ...(More)
Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness
8/28/2017 1:41:00 PM
Question: Where to start and what's to be included? I am looking for exactly what needs to be captured for Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR)/Accountability in the area of software. Specifically DODI 5000.76. I have read it three times and it does not really tell you.
Answer: If you go to: http://www.esd.whs.mil/DD/ Search for DD Form 3041, “Accountable Property System of Record (APSR) Requirements Checklist for Internal Use Software (IUS) (March 2017) You get: http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/forms/dd/dd3041.pdf This checklist walks the required aspects of IUS reporting. For further questions, please read the ...(More)
Does the IT Box Solution still include RDP?
8/25/2017 1:00:00 PM
Question: Does the IT Box Solution still include RDP?
Answer: The current JCIDS manual still reflects both RDP and CD as examples of documents used for managing follow on efforts (in an agile manner). The IS-ICD is ...(More)
Tech Refresh of IT equipment within a weapon system
8/14/2017 8:30:00 PM
Question: Doesn't conditional case 'c' of the expense/investment criteria overrule the $250K threshold answer provided above when there is no intent to get capability increase? c. Maintenance, repair, overhaul, and rework of equipment are funded in the operation and maintenance appropriations. However, maintenance of equipment used exclusively for research, development, test, and evaluation efforts will be funded by the RDT&E appropriations. Continuous technology refreshment is the intentional, incremental insertion of newer technology to improve reliability, improve maintainability, reduce cost, and/or add minor performance enhancement, typically in conjunction with depot or field level maintenance. The insertion of such technology into end items as part of maintenance is funded by the operation and maintenance appropriations. However, technology refreshment that significantly changes the performance envelope of the end item is considered a modification and, therefore, an investment (See section on 'Product Improvement' 010212 C. 7.). This definition applies equally to technology insertion by commercial firms as part of contractor logistics support, prime vendor, and similar arrangements and to technology insertion that is performed internally by the Department.
Answer: Yes, I would agree with your follow-on question. Conditional Case 'c' of the DOD Financial Management ...(More)
A/V installation On CHESS?
8/8/2017 2:45:00 PM
Question: Are we restricting competition by competing an A/V installation for a courtroom through CHESS? Is this truly a CHESS purchase? Or is a request for audio visual infrastructure install with supplies embedded allowing it to be a service, without waiver and solicited Full and Open?
Answer: The primary purpose of the CHESS contractual vehicle is to provide the Army with continuous competitive contracts that provide economical, value-added, commercial IT products and performance-based commercial IT ...(More)
IT System Requirements Questions Categories
7/11/2017 9:51:00 PM
Question: Are there requirement titles/categories/sections that IT Requirements Managers should utilize for the sake of standardization when managing (archiving and initiating) IT system requirements?
Answer: No, there are no standard C4ISR requirements list that is generic to all military Services. However, based on the fact that the system is a C4ISR system ...(More)
Software Best Practices
7/11/2017 2:49:00 PM
Question: Which software acquisition best practices would be most relevant in managing this issue as the program office undertakes system development?
Answer: The best software acquisition best practice that would be relevant to this situation is to "Agree on a System Architect in charge." With "decision-making leadership" in place, please follow the following best practice guidelines: ...(More)