What is this guide for?
Confirmation and Certification
processes1, which are
applicable to Mission Critical (MC) and
Mission Essential (ME)
Information Technology (IT)
. These processes
are required to be completed prior to a contract award or a milestone decision
for MC/ME\IT. Confirmation is required for all MC/ME IT(except Major Automated
Information Systems (MAIS)); Certification is required only for Major
Automated Information Systems (MAIS) .
This guide describes the Clinger-Cohen Act
Why do we need this guide?
cannot occur nor can contract awards be made without confirmation of CCA
Law and policy require that we follow a
process to ensure IT complies with the Clinger-Cohen Act (CCA). Confirmation of
compliance with CCA has been defined by the Department of Defense as verifying compliance with eleven (11) key items.
To ensure that Confirmation or Certification
process requirements do not impact program schedules, it is extremely important
that program planning include adequate time to accomplish that process. Why?
The key applicable legislation and policy
are cited below. This guide is consistent with these references .
FY 2000 DoD Appropriations Act (Sec 8121)
FY 2001 National Defense
Authorization Act (Sec. 811)
FY 2001 DoD Appropriations Act (Sec. 8102)
FY 2002 DoD Appropriations
Act (Sec. 8104)
FY 2003 DoD Appropriations Act
Deputy Secretary of
Defense, Defense Acquisition Interim Guidance of 30 Oct
DoD Joint Memorandum, Clinger-Cohen Act
Compliance Policy, 08 March 2002
DON Joint Memorandum,
Clinger-Cohen Act Compliance Policy, 06 June 2002
Joint Memorandum, Clinger-Cohen Act Compliance Policy for Major Automated
Information Systems, 19 June 2002
Who needs to read this guide?
process. This includes Project Officers (PO)/Project
Team Leaders, Program Managers (PM), subject matter experts related to the 11
CCA items, and approval authorities. However, the guide is primarily targeted
at the PO/PM who is responsible for managing an MC/ME IT
This guide is intended for all Marine Corps
participants in the CCA confirmation/certification1
Where can I get additional help?
(POCs) at the back of this guide that will allow
for help on specific topics.
The process established by this guide
identifies CCA coordinators, who are the CCA focal points at Marine Corps
Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) and Headquarters, Marine Corps (HQMC). They
facilitate the process and as such, are intimately familiar with it. The CCA
Coordinators may be contacted for any questions regarding this guide or the
process it describes. In addition, there is a list of Points of Contacts
MARCORSYSCOM - Patty Mitchell, firstname.lastname@example.org , 703-784-0303
HQMC - Don Hom, email@example.com ,
How do I use this guide?
This guide provides an overall process flow
for the CCA confirmation/certification processes. It then breaks the process
flow into four distinct lettered blocks (A-D) for the purpose of discussion. It
lays out entrance criteria for commencing each block, provides a discussion of
the critical events or products associated with each block, and walks the reader
through the process details and provides exit criteria, which indicate
completion of all block activities. In addition, within each block, "Special
Considerations" are discussed. "Special Considerations"
This guide may be used in printed form,
however, users are strongly encouraged to use the online version to take
advantage of the many hyperlinks that will assist you in navigating through the
CCA compliance process and associated guidance provided herein.
All of the process steps in the included CCA
process flowchart (Figure
have active hyperlinks and
"screen tips" (screen tips can be seen when the pointer is moved across an
active link). Use the "back-arrow" to return to the prior page.
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This guide will be updated as
required. Users are encouraged to submit recommendations for
Address inquiries to:
Systems Command, ATTN: Assistant Commander, Programs,
Barnett Avenue, Quantico, VA
1Use of the terms CCA Confirmation and
CCA Certification are not meant to imply that the Confirmation or Certification
requirements come from CCA. Confirmation and Certification are administrative
processes imposed by Congress in other legislation and by OSD in
regulation. are unique circumstances that one might
encounter when navigating a particular block.