Can you tell me more about Budget Activity 08, I have PEs with 3600, 3080, and 3400. PDMs keep giving me O&M, but I require RDT&E and OPAF to execute. I keep having to re-program every year, which is delaying our execution. So BA08 sounds like an opportunity to consolidate funding.
I strongly suggest you speak with your Business Financial Manager, Comptroller, Legal Office and/or Program Element Monitor. RDT&E Budget Activity 08 is a new BA that has been added in a test pilot situation for programs that are software and digital technology intensive. There is an application package that must be filled out and then the program must be approved by the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment). The Financial Management Regulation (FMR) Volume 2B Chapter 5 Section 1.5.8 states:
1.5.8. Budget Activity 8, Software and Digital Technology Pilot Programs.
184.108.40.206. Software and Digital Technology Pilot Program requirements for funding in BA 8 includes software, electronic tools, systems, applications, resources, acquisition of services, business process re-engineering activities, functional requirements development, technical evaluations, and other activities in direct support of acquiring, developing, deploying, sustaining, enhancing, and modernizing Software Digital Technology Pilot Programs.
220.127.116.11. Pilot programs may purchase Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) software, tools, and services necessary to meet the program’s requirements.
18.104.22.168. Software and Digital Technology Pilot Programs may be nominated to Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition & Sustainment). Approved pilot program nominations will be submitted with the President’s Budget request.
22.214.171.124. A system project participating in the Pilot Program may be removed from BA 8 if the project has not been successful in meeting criteria established for the Pilot Program by the Secretary of Defense.
The new BA 08 may be helpful for your program's execution.