Table 1 – Description and Decision Authority for ACAT I – III Programs

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 I
  • MDAP (10 U.S.C. 2430 (Reference (h)))
    • Dollar value for all increments of the program: estimated by the DAE to require an eventual total expenditure for research, development, and test and evaluation (RDT&E 1. Activities for the development of a new system, or to expand the performance of fielded systems. 2. An appropriation) of more than $480 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 constant dollars or, for procurement, of more than $2.79 billion in FY 2014 constant dollars
    • MDA designation
  • MDA designation as special interest1
ACAT ID: DAE or as delegated
ACAT IC: Head of the DoD Component or, if delegated, the CAE
ACAT IA2, 3
  • MAIS (10 U.S.C. 2445a (Reference (h))): A DoD acquisition program for an Automated Information System4 (AIS) (either as a product or a service5) that is either:
    • Designated by the MDA as a MAIS program; or
    • Estimated to exceed:
      • $40 million in FY 2014 constant dollars for all expenditures, for all increments, regardless of the appropriation or fund source, directly related to the AIS definition, design, development, deployment, and sustainment, and incurred in any single fiscal year;
      • or $520 million in FY 2014 constant dollars for all expenditures, for all increments, regardless of the appropriation or fund source, directly related to the AIS definition, design, development, deployment, operations and maintenance, and incurred from the beginning of the Materiel Solution Analysis Phase through sustainment for the estimated useful life of the system.
  • MDA designation as special interest1
ACAT IAM: DAE or as delegated
ACAT IAC: Head of the DoD Component or, if delegated, the CAE
ACAT II
  • Does not meet criteria for ACAT I or IA
  • Major system (10 U.S.C. 2302d (Reference (h)))
    • Dollar value: estimated by the DoD Component head to require an eventual total expenditure for RDT&E of more than $185 million in FY 2014 constant dollars, or for procurement of more than $835 million in FY 2014 constant dollars
    • MDA designation5 (10 U.S.C. 2302 (Reference (h)))
CAE or the individual designated by the CAE6
ACAT III
  • Does not meet criteria for ACAT II or above
  • An AIS program that is not a MAIS program
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.

 

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