My question is can the JROC delegate its initial validation authority, not just change authority? In other words, are all MDAPs required to receive requirements (ICD, CDD and/or CPD) validation from the JROC at some point in the acquisition process? Is JROC requirements validation required prior to delegating validation authority? Given the criteria above, can the JROC ever avoid being the validation authority for an MDAP?
Regardless of potential ACAT or validation authority, requirements documents are submitted to the Joint Staff for evaluation of joint equity and determination of the appropriate staffing process and validation authority. The JROC will always retain validation authority for the requirements documents for MDAP and MAIS programs. For programs with Joint Staffing Designators (JSD) below JROC Interest (ACAT I/IA) or Joint Capability Board (JCB) Interest, the JROC delegates validation authority to the Sponsor organization. The JROC may assert itself, however, as the validation authority for any document of any assigned JSD at any time.
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To simplify things: all requirements documents, regardless of ACAT, are submitted to the Joint Staff for JSD determination. For those programs that are ACAT I/IA or ones for which the JROC has asserted they have an interest, validation authority remains with the JROC. For ACAT II or below programs with a JSD of JCB Interest, validation authority is delegated to the JCB. For ACAT II or below programs with a JSD of Joint Integration, Joint Information, or Independent, validation authority is delegated to the Sponsor organization.