Information Technology Cost Estimating
a. This Departmental Regulation (DR) establishes the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy governing the use of information technology (IT) cost estimating key principles and uniform best practice guidance for all major and non-major USDA IT investments, projects, or systems. This DR incorporates leading practices that create a “forcing function” of tasks, activities, or events that will drive the USDA to take action and produce a unified set of IT cost estimating activities and results. These practices, in conjunction with other investment-related knowledge, including work breakdown structures (WBS), schedules, risks, and lessons learned, will effectively inform USDA IT investment decision making.