Milestone Decision Authorities for Defense Business Sytems
The Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) (for Defense Business Systems):
- Approves critical acquisition decisions for ATP decision points or concurs in contractual commitments.
- Oversees business system delivery within cost, schedule and performance parameters.
- Establishes oversight controls for programs, including procedures to report cost, schedule and performance variances and to address reported variances. The acquisition chain of command supports the MDA by leading the program manager and program execution. Specific leadership roles vary by organization but often include the CAE and Program Executive Officer.
Table 1: DoD Business System Categories
|Business System Category / Reason for Designation||Decision Authorities|
|I||• Priority defense business system expected to have a total amount of budget authority over the period of the current Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) in excess of $250,000,000; or
• DCMO designation as priority based on complexity, scope, and technical risk, and after notification to Congress.
|Requirements Validation / CMO Certification: DoD DCMO or as delegated
MDA: DAE or as delegated (not below CAE).
CCA Compliance / Cybersecurity Strategy: CCA: DoD CIO for joint systems; otherwise MILDEP or DoD Component CIO Cybersecurity: DoD CIO
|II||• Does not meet criteria for category I, and any of the following:
• Expected to have a total amount of budget authority over the period of the current FYDP in excess of $50,000,000.
• DCMO or MILDEP CMO designation as requiring CMO certification.
|Requirements Validation / CMO Certification: MILDEP CMO or as delegated; DoD DCMO or as delegated for all other DoD Components
MDA: CAE or as delegated
CCA Compliance / Cybersecurity Strategy: DoD CIO for joint systems; otherwise MILDEP or DoD Component CIO
|III||• Does not meet criteria for category II||All Decision Authorities: Same as category II, except CMO certification not required.|
|1. Transitions from lower to higher business system categories based on FYDP cost thresholds become effective no later than when the President’s Budget is submitted to Congress.
2. Business systems will not transition automatically from higher to lower business system category even if FYDP costs no longer exceed thresholds for the higher category.
3. Business systems that meet Major Automated Information System thresholds in Chapter 144A of Title 10, U.S.C., must meet the statutory requirements of Chapter 144A until its repeal takes effect.
Source: DoDI 5000.75