AP1.1. CONSOLIDATED ACQUISITION REPORTING SYSTEM (CARS
AP1.1.1. CARS is a personal computer-based data entry and
reporting software package. It maintains and reports information on defense
programs. The use of CARS is mandatory for all MDAPs and MAIS acquisition
programs, but non-MDAP and non-MAIS programs may also use the system.
AP1.1.2. CARS has three reporting modules that generate the
APB, the SAR, and the DAES. The DAES and SAR include quarterly unit cost and
unit cost breach exception reporting, respectively. CARS includes analysis
routines, such as the Computational Module that supports the SAR cost change
calculations, and SAR and DAES data checks. The Director, Acquisition
Resources and Analysis, maintains a CARS help line for user support.
AP1.1.3. A unique program number (PNO) identification system
controls the use of CARS. The Office of USD(AT&L) focal point assigns a
PNO to each using ACAT I program. The Office of ASD(C3I) focal point assigns
a PNO to each using ACAT IA program.
AP1.1.4. The CARS software specifies the format of the APB,
SAR, and DAES, except for narrative or memo-type information.
AP1.1.5. The three reporting modules share some, but not all,
of the CARS data. For example, the DAES and SAR report the APB. The modules
also share some contract information.
AP1.1.6. Only the appropriate Office of USD(AT&L) or DoD
Component focal point can edit some of the CARS information, such as the SAR
baseline and APB. The cognizant MDA must approve SAR baseline and APB
changes. The appropriate Office of USD(AT&L) or DoD Component focal
point distributes disks containing the revised or new information.
AP1.1.7. The Director, Acquisition Resources and Analysis, has
responsibility for the development, upgrade, and maintenance of CARS. Direct
questions and requests for copies of the software to that organization. The
CARS software includes mandatory instructions for preparing the APB, SAR,
DAES, and UCR, including administrative procedures. The CARS web page, http://www.acq.osd.mil/cars, also has
the instructions. The automated Defense Acquisition Deskbook, at http://web2.deskbook.osd.mil/default.asp
, contains sample formats and