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Defense Cost & Resource Center (DCARC)

Updated 1/28/2015

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Defense Cost & Resource Center (DCARC)
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According to the DCARC website, "the Defense Cost and Resource Center (DCARC) was established in 1998 to assist in the re-engineering of the CCDR process. DCARC is part of the OSD Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) organization. 

DCARC's primary role is to collect current and historical Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) and Major Automated Information System (MAIS) cost and software resource data in a joint service environment, and make that data available for use by authorized government analysts to estimate the costs of ongoing and future government programs. Historical costs and software data are critical to developing reliable and accurate cost projections.

The DCARC's Defense Automated Cost Information Management System (DACIMS) provides the cost community with instant access to current and historical cost and software resource data needed to develop independent, substantiated estimates. DACIMS is a secure website that allows DoD government cost estimators and analysts to browse through almost 30,000 Contractor Cost Data Reports (CCDR), Software Resources Data Reports (SRDR) and associated documents. It is the largest central repository of DoD cost information available to the cost community.

The DCARC also provides free on-site training to government and industry, discussing planning, implementation and use of the Cost and Software Data Reporting (CSDR) system. By working closely with stakeholders, DCARC is "getting the word out" about the importance of collecting accurate, valid and timely cost and software resource data."

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Integrated Product Support Elements Addressed

Department(s) associated with tool

  • Army
  • Navy / Marine Corps
  • Air Force
  • Agencies
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Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE)  
Defense Cost and Resource Center (DCARC)
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
PHONE: (571) 372-4400

CSDR Plans & Analysis Help
[email protected]  
Help Desk - East 
(571) 372-4137 
[email protected]  
Help Desk - West 
(253) 564-1979 x. 1 
[email protected] 

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