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    Are there any quick references in terms of the overall applicability of DAU principles or DoD mandates? Currently a number of my peers, such as myself, are IT Level II certified. As such, we have attempted to apply the knowledge we have learned to our daily activities. Often times we have difficulty determining if things apply to us or if we interpreted a particular lesson correctly. Often times it seems our decisions are weighted based off convenience rather than a factual standing. For example, until recently our agency did not acknowledge "PDR" and "CDR" as legitimate milestones. In the interest of avoiding our program being deemed illegitimately founded, what would the best method be for validating facts vs opinions when it comes to the Acquisition Life Cycle and its applicability?


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    QUESTION: Are there any quick references in terms of the overall applicability of DAU principles or DoD mandates? Currently a number of my peers, such as myself, are IT Level II certified. As such, we have attempted to apply the knowledge we have learned to our daily activities. Often times we have difficulty determining if things apply to us or if we interpreted a particular lesson correctly. Often times it seems our decisions are weighted based off convenience rather than a factual standing. For example, until recently our agency did not acknowledge "PDR" and "CDR" as legitimate milestones.  In the interest of avoiding our program being deemed illegitimately founded, what would the best method be for validating facts vs opinions when it comes to the Acquisition Life Cycle and its applicability?

    ANSWER: Good news, bad news, and recommendations on this topic.

    First the good: your program is under the control of a PEO, or at least a Program Manager who has been through Level III certification and should identify major gaps in your documentation or procedures. They will not sign off on program milestones without checking for the required inputs. Of course, you want to bring a complete product to your boss, and they expect you to bring that complete product as well. Therefore a policy branch is available in most Divisions or PEOs which is probably part of routing before products go to leadership.

    Now, the bad news: in 2019 the Adaptive Acquisition Framework Adaptive Acquisition Framework | Adaptive Acquisition Framework (dau.edu) was incrementally released and if you received your level II certification before 2019 there are significant changes. DAU is still working on products to explain some of these pathways and bring information to you as a customer.

    Recommendation: Keep on using your DAU resources (to include Ask a Professor) and look for more info coming out on a regular basis. Additionally, the Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) office is has additional courses and experts in acquisition policy.

     

    Below is a list of DAU courses which may be of interest to you or people in your office:

    DAU Training and Continuous Learning Modules (CLMs)

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