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    What are the document requirements for an Abbreviated Acquisition Program? I've found anywhere from a minimum of only the AS and APB to seven documents but I couldn't find anything identifying what those seven documents are. I looked at: https://dap.dau.mil/aphome/das/pages/mdid.aspx but it doesn't identify Abbreviated Acquisition Programs.


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    This is from SNI 5000.2E signed 9/1/2011. As with every program, you ensure you provide at least the statutory documents, and perhaps if the program gets an ACAT designation which many AAPs do. In any event you want to use the documents to manage your program so you must think this through for your program, and brief up your approach to PM and/or MDA. In thinking of documentation, think capabilities, requirements, cost, technical performance, technology management. schedule, systems engineering and risk management. If there's anothe document that would be pertinent to your program, propose it and write up. Brief your approach for a year before a milestone to ensure buy-in or to add a document requested by a key stakeholder.
    1.4.6 Abbreviated Acquisition Programs (AAPs)
     
    Small DON acquisitions and modifications may be designated an AAP if they do not require OT&E and they meet dollar threshold and other criteria in table E1T1 below.  The OTA must concur in writing that OT&E is not required.
     
    DASN(AP) shall be notified of all AAP designations for entry into the ASN(RD&A) Acquisition Program listing.
     
    1.4.6.1 Weapon System and Information Technology (IT) System AAP Procedures
     
    Potential ACAT programs shall not be artificially divided into separate entities for the purpose of having the entities qualify as separate AAPs.  PEOs, SYSCOM commanders, DRPMs, and flag officers or SES designees are assigned PDA and designation authority for their AAP weapon system and IT system programs.  PDA may be delegated to the PM.  Prior to final approval of an AAP designation, the OTA (COMOPTEVFOR or Director, MCOTEA) shall concur in writing that OT&E is not required.  The CNO (N091) will arbitrate disputes concerning the need for OT&E per the TECG process.  In addition, ASN(RD&A) or designated MDA may elect to treat any program meeting the AAP criteria listed in table E1T1 as an ACAT program if circumstances warrant, such as joint service involvement or high risk, or if greater visibility is justified. 
     
    Designated PEOs, SYSCOM commanders, and DRPMs shall be responsible for developing AAP policies and procedures for assignment of PDA, conducting PRs, and reporting and tracking program status.  The PDA shall document all major program decisions.  Only ASN(RD&A) shall assign PDA to organizations other than SYSCOM commanders, PEOs, and DRPMs. 
     
    AAPs shall not be initiated without funding and a documented requirement.  As a minimum, requirements or capabilities shall be documented by a sponsor and approved at the appropriate level (e.g., CNO (program or resource sponsor) and CMC (DC, CD&I)).  Program and resource sponsors shall use
    reference (o) and the FCCC as a guide to determine the net-centric performance requirements for IT systems, including NSS, being acquired by an AAP.
     
    The PM for AAPs shall develop a cost analysis requirements description (CARD); obtain a program life-cycle cost estimate (PLCCE); conduct a tailored MPT analysis; develop a plan for test and evaluation; conduct a tailored analysis of the system’s ability to operate in the intended electromagnetic environment (per Military Standard 464 (MIL-STD-464)); establish a system safety program tailored (per MIL-STD-882) to identify ESOH hazards; complete Clinger-Cohen Act (CCA) compliance and information assurance strategy for IT systems, including NSS; complete IT registration for mission-critical (MC) and mission-essential (ME) IT systems, including NSS; and provide any other statutory or program information required by the PDA.  The PM shall comply with the DoD PPBES and configuration management requirements and reporting procedures.
     
      1.4.7 Program Modifications
     
    Table E1T2 and paragraph 1.5.5 of this chapter provide guidance for implementation and documentation of weapon system and IT system modifications.

     
    Table E1T1 Description and Decision Authority for
    ACAT I-IV and AAP Programs
    Acquisition Category  
    Criteria for ACAT or AAP Designation
     
    Decision Authority
    ACAT I ·  Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) (10 U.S.C. §2430)
    ·  RDT&E total expenditure > $365 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2000 constant dollars, or
    ·  Procurement total expenditure > $2.190 billion in FY 2000 constant dollars, or
    ·  MDA designation as special interest
    ACAT ID:  USD(AT&L)
    ACAT IC:  SECNAV, or if delegated, ASN(RD&A) as the CAE (not further delegable)
    ACAT IA 1/ ·  Major Automated Information Systems (MAISs)
    ·  Program costs/year (all appropriations) > $32 million in FY 2000 constant dollars, or
    ·  Total program costs > $126 million in FY 2000 constant dollars, or
    ·  Total life-cycle costs > $378 million in FY 2000 constant dollars
    ·  MDA designation as special interest
    ACAT IAM:  USD(AT&L), or designee
    ACAT IAC:  SECNAV, or if delegated, ASN(RD&A), as the CAE (not further delegable)
    ACAT II ·  Does not meet the criteria for ACAT I
    ·  Major Systems (10 U.S.C. §2302(5))
    ·  RDT&E total expenditure > $140 million in FY 2000 constant dollars, or
    ·  Procurement total expenditure > $660 million in FY 2000 constant dollars, or
    ·  ASN(RD&A) designation as special interest
    ·  Not applicable to IT system programs
    ASN(RD&A), or the individual designated by ASN(RD&A)
    ACAT III ·  Does not meet the criteria for ACAT II or above
    ·  Weapon system programs:
    ·  RDT&E total expenditure ≤ $140 million in FY 2000 constant dollars, or
    ·  Procurement total expenditure ≤ $660 million in FY 2000 constant dollars, and
    ·  Affects mission characteristics of ships or aircraft or combat capability
    ·  IT system programs:
    ·  Program costs/year ≥ $15 million ≤ $32 million in FY 2000 constant dollars, or
    ·  Total program costs ≥ $30 million ≤ $126 million in FY 2000 constant dollars, or
    ·  Total life-cycle costs ≤ $378 million in FY 2000 constant dollars
    Cognizant PEO, SYSCOM commander, DRPM, or designated flag officer or SES official.
     
    ASN(RD&A), or designee, for programs not assigned to a PEO, SYSCOM, or DRPM.
    ACAT IVT ·  Does not meet the criteria for ACAT III or above
    ·  Requires operational test and evaluation
    ·  Weapon system programs:
    ·  RDT&E total expenditure ≤ $140 million in FY 2000 constant dollars, or
    ·  Procurement total expenditure ≤ $660 million in FY 2000 constant dollars
    ·  IT system programs:
    ·  Program costs/year < $15 million, or
    ·  Total program costs < $30 million, or
    ·  Total life-cycle costs ≤ $378 million in FY 2000 constant dollars
     
    Cognizant PEO, SYSCOM commander, DRPM, or designated flag officer, SES official, or PM.
     
    ASN(RD&A), or designee, for programs not assigned to a PEO, SYSCOM, or DRPM.
    Table E1T1 Description and Decision Authority for
    ACAT I-IV and AAP Programs (cont’d)
    ACAT IVM ·  Does not meet the criteria for ACAT III or above
    ·  Does not require operational test and evaluation as concurred with by OTA
    ·  Weapon system programs:
    ·  RDT&E total expenditure ≥ $10 million ≤ $140 million in FY 2000 constant dollars, or
    ·  Procurement expenditure ≥ $25 million/year, ≥ $50 million total ≤ $660 million total in FY 2000 constant dollars
    ·  Not applicable to IT system programs
    Cognizant PEO, SYSCOM commander, DRPM, or designated flag officer, SES official, or PM.
     
    ASN(RD&A), or designee, for programs not assigned to a PEO, SYSCOM, or DRPM.
    Abbreviated Acquisition Program
     
    ·  Does not meet the criteria for ACAT IV or above
    ·  Does not require operational test and evaluation as concurred with in writing by OTA
    ·  Weapon system programs:
    ·  Development total expenditure < $10 million, and
    ·  Production or services expenditure < $25 million/year, < $50 million total
    ·  IT system programs:
    ·  Program costs/year < $15 million, and
    ·  Total program costs < $30 million
    Cognizant PEO, SYSCOM commander, DRPM, or designated flag officer, SES official, or PM.
     
    ASN(RD&A), or designee, for programs not assigned to a PEO, SYSCOM, or DRPM.

    1/ In some cases, an ACAT IA program, as defined above, also meets the dollar threshold definition of an MDAP.  Per DoD Instruction 5000.02 of 8 Dec 2008, enclosure 3, table 1, footnote 1, the statutory requirements that apply to MDAPs or MAIS programs shall apply to such programs, as designated by the Secretary of Defense.  Public Law 111-84 of 28 Oct 2009, section 817, subsections (a) and (b), (FY 2010 National Defense Authorization Act), amended section 2445d of title 10, U.S.C., whereby the Secretary of Defense may, as a general rule, designate a MAIS program that requires the development of customized hardware to be treated ONLY as an MDAP under chapter 144 title 10, U.S.C., subject to chapter 144 MDAP requirements, and a MAIS program that does not require development of customized hardware to be treated ONLY as a MAIS program under chapter 144A of title 10, U.S.C., subject to chapter 144A MAIS program requirements.
     

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