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TITLE VIII--ACQUISITION POLICY, ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT, AND RELATED MATTERS

Subtitle G Governmentwide Acquisition Improvements

DHNDAA Section

House Armed Services Report 110-652

SEC. 887. REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EARNED VALUE MANAGEMENT AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

(a) In General- The Secretary of Defense shall prepare a report on the implementation by the Department of Defense of earned value management. The report shall include, at a minimum, the following:

(1) A discussion of the regulations and guidance of the Department applicable to the use and implementation of earned value management.

(2) A discussion of the relative value of earned value management as a tool for program managers and senior Department officials.

(3) A discussion of specific challenges the Department faces in successfully using earned value management because of the nature of the culture, history, systems, and activities of the Department, particularly with regard to requirements and funding instability.

(4) A discussion of the methodology of the Department for earned value management implementation, including data quality issues, training, and information technology systems used to integrate and transmit earned value management data.

(5) An evaluation of the accuracy of the earned value management data provided by vendors to the Federal Government concerning acquisition categories I and II programs, with a discussion of the impact of this data on the ability of the Department to achieve program objectives.

(6) A description of the criteria used by the Department to evaluate the success of earned value management in delivering program objectives, with illustrative data and examples covering not less than three years.

(7) Recommendations for improving earned value management and its implementation within the Department, including a discussion of the merits of possible alternatives.

(b) Submission of Report- Not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit the report required by subsection (a) to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and of the House of Representatives.

(c) Definition- In this section, the term `earned value management' has the meaning given that term in section 300 of part 7 of Office of Management and Budget Circular A-11 as published in June 2008.

SECTION 844--EARNED VALUE MANAGEMENT STUDY AND REPORT

This section would require that the Secretary of Defense conduct a study on the implementation of earned value management, the accuracy of earned value data provided by suppliers, and ways to measure the success of utilizing earned value management to achieve program objectives. This section would require the Secretary of Defense to report the results of the study to the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the House Committee on Armed Services within 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

 

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