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Definition of Prime, Tier 1 and Tier 2 Suppliers
9/20/2017 3:27:00 PM
Question: Where can we find a textbook definition of a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier? I looked in FAR Definitions and could not locate a discrete definition. Thank-you.
Answer: A similar AAP was asked several years ago and the answer can be found at the following link: ...(More)
ASIOE for system increased by AAO
9/20/2017 10:38:00 AM
Question: What is the process for obtaining additional systems (ASIOE) for my system? I have several LINs listed on my BOIP as ASIOE. Our AAO has increased and we are building an additional 11 systems. This means I will need an addition of 11 items that are ASIOE. Who POMs for this and what is the official process for acquisition?
Answer: Let's start with the Basis of Issue plan (or BOIP). The Basis of Issue Plan (BOIP) is an Army requirements document that describes a new or ...(More)
Ownership of change management for the technical baseline
9/19/2017 4:43:00 PM
Question: When there is a change to the technical baseline for a system, what is the PMO's responsibility to provide the "change management" to the field -- e.g. for any associated change in system performance and functionality? Is it appropriate for the PMO to expect the BPO to develop and promulgate the associated change management to the field? Or is the PMO responsible for the change management to the field for adjustments in the technical baseline? Is there a reference that addresses this?
Answer:DoD references MIL-HDBK-61A and ANSI/EIA-649B for CM best practices. In -61A, the excerpt below may help clarify the establishment of CM authorities. CM is typically the responsibility of the PM and a Configuration ...(More)
Large DAU Poster on -Integrated Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Life Cycle-
9/7/2017 9:56:00 AM
Question: I'm requesting four copies of the current Generic Acquisition Process Chart. Our address: HQ AFMC/A5R, 4375 Chidlaw Road, Dayton OH 45433 Our office provides program management oversight for the command.
Answer: DAU no longer provides copies of the lifecycle framework chart. The interactive version is location on our website under ...(More)
Critical Chain Scheduling vs. Critical Path
9/5/2017 2:57:00 PM
Question: Does DAU have any materials on using the critical chain scheduling approach vice the critical path methodology typically employed? Have had critical chain in school, but have never seen it applied in practice.
Answer: Critical Chain Scheduling, part of Critical Chain Project Management, is based on the Theory of Constraints. While DAU does not teach this method as part of its curriculum, we do have a couple of ...(More)
Line on USAF FMS Case
8/24/2017 11:15:00 AM
Question: What is a "700" line on a FMS case? We are working with the USAF on a FMS case and they asked if the line would be a "700" line.
Answer: We consulted a Subject Matter Expert at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) and he advised us that it is an Air Force practice to use line numbers in the 700s to more readily distinguish lines for services from the ...(More)
8/23/2017 9:53:00 AM
Question: Do you have a template for a PMP? I am looking for something that articulates the content and flow of a PMP.
Answer: There is no DoD requirement or template for a Project Management Plan (PMP) on an acquisition program. Probably the closest document required ...(More)
Who decides what programs get listed in the Future Years Defense Program?
8/21/2017 3:54:00 PM
Question: Who decides what programs get listed in the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP)? What is the process used to make that determination?
Answer: Your question revolves around the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), who decides programs that are in the FYDP, and the process. The FYDP is ...(More)