Table 1 – Description and Decision Authority for ACAT I – III Programs
1: ACATs and Compliance Requirements
2: Program Management
3: Systems Engineering
4: Developmental Test and Evaluation
5: Operational and Live Fire Test and Evaluation
6: Life-Cycle Sustainment
7: Human Systems Integration (HSI)
8: Affordability Analysis and Investment Constraints
9: Analysis of Alternatives (AOA)
10: Cost Estimating and Reporting
11: Requirements Applicable to All Programs Containing IT
12: Defense Business Systems
13: Rapid Fielding of Capabilities
1: Description and Decision Authority for ACAT I – III Programs
2: Milestone and Phase Information Requirements
3: Acquisition Program Baselines (APBs)
4: Statutory Program Breach and Change Definitions
5: Recurring Program Reports
6: Exceptions, Waivers, and Alternative Management and Reporting Requirements
7: Cost and Software Data Reporting (CSDR) System Requirements
8: Earned Value Management (EVM) Application Requirements
9: EVM Reporting Requirements
10: Clinger Cohen Act (CCA) Compliance
11: Information Requirements Unique to the Urgent Capability Acquisition Process
12: Cybersecurity and Related Program Security Resources and Publications
Table 1 is located in Enclosure 1 Section 2 ACATS.
|Table 1. Description and Decision Authority for ACAT I – III Programs|
|ACAT||Reason for ACAT Designation||Decision Authority|
||ACAT ID: DAE or as delegated
ACAT IC: Head of the DoD Component or, if delegated, the CAE
|ACAT IA2, 3||
||ACAT IAM: DAE or as delegated
ACAT IAC: Head of the DoD Component or, if delegated, the CAE
||CAE or the individual designated by the CAE6|
||Designated by the CAE6|
1. The Special Interest designation is typically based on one or more of the following factors: technological complexity; congressional interest; a large commitment of resources; or the program is critical to the achievement of a capability or set of capabilities, part of a system of systems, or a joint program. Programs that already meet the MDAP and MAIS threshold cannot be designated as Special Interest.
2. When a MAIS program also meets the definition of an MDAP, the DAE will be the MDA unless delegated to a DoD Components The Office of the Secretary of Defense; the military departments; the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff; the combatant commands; the Office of the Inspector General of the DoD; the defense agencies; DoD field activities; and all other organization entities within the DoD. or other official. The DAE will designate the program as either a MAIS or an MDAP, and the Program Manager will manage the program consistent with the designation.
3. The DAE will designate MAIS programs as ACAT IAM or ACAT IAC. MAIS programs will not be designated as ACAT II.
4. AIS: A system of computer hardware, computer software, data or telecommunications that performs functions such as collecting, processing, storing, transmitting, and displaying information. Excluded are computer resources, both hardware and software, that are an integral part of a weapon or weapon system; used for highly sensitive classified programs (as determined by the Secretary of Defense); used for other highly sensitive information technology (IT) programs (as determined by the DoD CIO); or determined by the DAE or designee to be better overseen as a non-AIS program (e.g., a program with a low ratio of RDT&E 1. Activities for the development of a new system, or to expand the performance of fielded systems. 2. An appropriation funding to total program acquisition costs or that requires significant hardware development).
5. When determined by the USD (AT&L) (or designee), IT services programs that achieve the MAIS threshold will follow the procedures applicable to MAIS programs specified in this instruction. Additionally, regardless of MAIS status, software that is acquired as a service will be managed under this Instruction. IT services that are designated ACAT III or lower AIS programs will be managed under this Instruction. All other acquisitions of services will comply with DoD Instruction 5000.74 (Reference (i)).
6. As delegated by the Secretary of Defense or Secretary of the Military Department.