CCA Assessment Criteria Guide
1. Core Mission Analysis Description
Description. Summarize the results of the core mission analysis that
the acquisition program supports.
Benchmark. Validated mission need. Combat or weapon system or an integral
part of a weapons system, Joint operations and support of the warfighter,
Designated as a National Security System Potential sources. Mission Need Statement MNS), Operational Requirements
Document (ORD), Analysis of Alternatives (AOA), Initial Capabilities Document
2. Outcome-based Performance Measures
Description. Identify the outcome measures that will be used to measure
program performance and how they are linked to strategic goals.
Benchmark. Outcome measures have been defined and clearly linked to
strategic goals; outcome measures have been approved by the MDA. Means of
assessing measures after deployment.
Potential sources. Performance Measurement
Plan, MNS, ORD, APB Organizational Strategic Plan, Mission Area Performance
Plan, Initial Capabilities Document (ICD), Capability Development Document
(CDD), Capability Production Document (CPD).
3. Process Redesign
Description. Describe actions taken to redesign existing processes to
reduce costs, improve effectiveness and maximize the use of Commercial
Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology. If the acquisition program supports a newly
developed process, describe the development of the process.
Benchmark. "To be" processes have been defined and documented;
acquisition strategy addresses use of COTS. Enablement of future process
Potential sources. Acquisition Plan (AP),
Business Case Analysis (BCA), MNS, Operational Requirements Document (ORD),
COO, AOA, ICD, CDD, CPD
4. Sourcing Determination
Description. Summarize the analysis that shows that no private sector
or government source can better provide the function.Benchmark. Consideration of
commercial, small business, and intra-Government agencies as potential
Potential Sources. AOA, Acquisition Strategy (AS), Market
5. Analysis of Alternatives
Description. Identify and briefly discuss the alternatives examined
prior to program initiation. Discuss the methodology and criteria used to
Benchmark. AOA considers new technology solutions such as web-enabled
systems; AOA approved by Program Sponsor and Milestone Decision Authority
(MDA). Alternatives identified, Payback period identified.
Potential source. AOA, Business Case
Analysis, Trade Survey, Cost and Operational Effectiveness Analysis (COEA)
6. Economic Analysis (EA) or Life Cycle Cost Estimate (LCCE)
Description. For Automated Information System (AIS) programs, briefly
describe the economic analysis to include a calculation of the Return On
Investment (ROI). For non-AIS programs, briefly describe the program
Benchmark. Thorough and well-documented ROI calculations;
Cost/Benefit Analysis conducted in accordance with Appendix B of the DON
CIO IT investment Portfolio Management Guide
; program cost estimates are consistent; LCCE presents a
realistic appraisal of the level of cost most likely to be
Potential sources. EA, LCCE
7. Program Status Measurement
Description. Describe the process and metrics for measuring program
progress to include cost, schedule, and technical performance.
Benchmark. Metrics adequately measure current program progress;
program control and MDA level management insight process is clearly defined.
Key Performance Parameters (KPPs) identified, Periodic program management
reviews, Quarterly metrics reviews.
Potential source. EVMS, CPR, Approved
Acquisition Program Baseline (APB), AS
8. Architecture and Standards
Description. Describe program compliance with Global
Information Grid (GIG) policies and architecture, including relevant
Benchmark. For joint programs, the IT architecture
developed in accordance with the GIG policies and appropriate provisions of
the DoD C4ISR Architecture Framework Program and Joint Technical
Architecture (JTA); program is compliant with DII COE Level 3 or higher.
Compliance with the Joint Technical Architecture, Defense Information
Infrastructure, Common Operating Environment, and/or the C4ISR Architecture
Framework, Compliance with the Global Information Grid (GIG) Capstone
Requirements, Open systems architecture and Defense in depth
Potential sources. C4I Support Plan (C4ISP),
USMC COE Compliance Certification Process Guide, ORD and APB.
9. IA Strategy
Description. Information Assurance (IA) strategy consistent with
Department of Defense (DoD) policies, standards, and
Benchmark. Security elements (e.g. Availability, survivability,
integrity, authenticity, confidentiality, and non-repudiation of information)
identified. IA requirements in ORD. Designated Approval Authority identified.
Statement of consistency with DOD policies, standards and architectures.
Completed Defense Information Technology Security Certification and
Accreditation Process (DITSCAP) accreditation. Privacy Act
Potential sources. Information Assurance
Strategy, System Security Authorization Agreement (SSAA), Program Protection
Plan, System Security Policy document, System Security Plan
Modular Contracting/Phased Implementation
Description. Describe the extent to which a modular contracting
approach is being utilized. Describe the extent to which the program is being
implemented in phased, successive blocks, each of which meets part of the
mission need and delivers a measurable benefit, independent of future
Benchmark. Program schedule and milestones reflect phased
implementation approach; each block results in stand-alone functional
capability. Development in iterations or spiral development methodology,
Phased implementations, Use of multiple contracts, Identification of "usable
Potential sources. AP, AS, ORD,
11. DoD IT Registry
Description. The system being acquired is registered.
Benchmark. Registration Database number assigned.
Potential sources. Registration