U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20250
June 10, 2015
SUBJECT:† USDA Earned Value Management
Office of the Chief Information Officer, Information Resource Management
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3.† †††††† Special Instructions/Cancellations††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† 2
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5.††† †††† Policy††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† 2
6.†††††††† Roles and Responsibilities††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† 4
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8.† †††††† Abbreviations††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† 4
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10.†††††† Inquiries††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††† †5
This Departmental Regulation (DR) establishes the policy for use of Earned Value Management (EVM) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).††
EVM is a method used to objectively measure, track, and control variance from a program/projectís baseline plan.† When implemented correctly, it provides a system for early detection of schedule and cost related performance issues to allow sufficient time for corrective action before the issues become more severe or unrecoverable.† Current and relevant Federal policy for the required use of EVM is available within Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 34.2, Earned Value Management System (EVMS) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Capital Programming Guide, V3.0, Supplement to Circular A-11, Planning, Budgeting, and Acquisition of Capital Assets.
3. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS/CANCELLATIONS
This DR supersedes DR 3130-006, Information Technology Earned Value Management, dated January 11, 2010.
This DR is published in accordance with the authority vested in the Secretary of Agriculture under 44 United States Code (U.S.C.) 2104,† and 3501-3548; and delegated to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) (7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 2.89).
a. In accordance with OMB Capital Programming Guide, V3.0, an EVMS is required for major acquisitions for development. †
b. USDA requires an EVMS in compliance with American National Standards Institute //Electronics Industries Alliance (ANSI/EIA) Standard 748-C, Earned Value Management Systems, for all investments that meet any one of the following criteria:
(1) All new information technology (IT) investments for which any agency or staff office is planning to spend $20 million or more in Development, Modernization, and Enhancement (DME) over the agency-defined life cycle;
(2) All major IT investments that are currently in process and are budgeted for $20 million or more in DME during the remainder of the life cycle; or
(3) Any investment for which an agency or staff office is planning to spend $1 million or more in DME in current-year funding shall use an EVMS for tracking investment cost, schedule, and performance.† Investments in this category are required to comply with a subset of ANSI/EIA Standard 748-C as defined in the Departmental Manual (DM). The companion DM will be found in 3100 series upon publication.
c. Per FAR 34.201(b) through (e), if the offeror proposes to use a system that has not been determined to be in compliance with the ANSI/EIA Standard 748-C, the offeror shall submit a comprehensive plan for compliance with these EVMS standards. †Offerors shall not be eliminated from consideration for contract award because they do not have an EVMS that complies with these standards.
d. At a minimum, contracting officers shall incorporate EVM requirements within contracts subject to this policy and require contractors to submit EVM monthly reports for those contracts for which an EVMS applies.
g. All major investments with EVMS requirements and meeting the criteria defined in Section 5.b.(1) of this Directive shall comply with the full ANSI/EIA 748-C standard. †Agency/staff office assigned investment Program Managers are responsible for ensuring their contractorís EVMS is ANSI/EIA Standard 748-C compliant.
h. Per FAR 34.202, when an EVMS is required, the Government shall conduct an Integrated Baseline Review (IBR).† An initial program level IBR is required in accordance with the terms of the contract but no later than the Select Phase of the USDA Integrated IT Governance Framework.†
(a) Findings and outcome, assumptions, risks register;
(b) Attendance roster; and
(c) Agency/staff office CIO/other Authorized Investment Sponsorís signature.
(2) Agencies/staff offices shall conduct a subsequent IBR at the conclusion of any authorized re-baseline.
See DM for additional information.† The companion DM will be found in 3100 series upon publication.
Agency/staff office assigned investment Program Managers shall submit a CIO signed re-baseline request to the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) EVM Program Manager for validation and approval by USDA CIO if:
(1) The Estimate at Completion (EAC) falls outside of +/- 10% of the authorized Budget at Completion (BAC); or
(2) The BAC increases or decreases by more than 25% via approved changes in the investmentís baseline change control process; or
(3) The schedule has a slippage that exceeds 10% of the original baseline date(s).
See DM for detailed information regarding re-baselining.† The companion DM will be found in 3100 series upon publication. †††
(1) Agency/staff office assigned investment Program Managers shall submit an EVM report signed by the investment/programís approving official, by the 5th workday of each month to OCIO for every investment with EVMS requirements.
(2) Agency/staff office assigned investment Program Managers shall submit a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) with explanation to OCIO when three consecutive periods of either a positive or negative trend is observed in the investmentís cumulative cost performance index.†
See DM for detailed information regarding EVM, Contract Performance Report (CPR), and/or CAP reporting.† The companion DM will be found in 3100 series upon publication. †††
6. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
a. USDA CIO shall establish EVM policy, and conduct EVM oversight, compliance reviews, and monitoring.† The USDA CIO shall be responsible for approving re-baseline requests. †
b. The Information Resource Management (IRM) Associate Chief Information Officer (ACIO) shall provide oversight of EVM policy creation and updates.†
c. The OCIO EVM Program Manager shall track submission of EVM reports, analyze performance data, and provide EVM guidance to Agency/staff office Program Managers.† The OCIO EVM Program Manager shall also provide recommendations to USDA CIO on agency/staff office re-baseline approval.
d. Agency/staff office CIOs shall validate contractorís EVMS for compliance with ANSI/ EIA 748-C and sign re-baseline notifications/requests.
e. Agency/staff office Program Managers assigned to investments required to report EVM shall:
(1) Ensure investments comply with this policy;
(2) Ensure personnel assigned to establish baselines and report EVM data have received sufficient training and are knowledgeable in EVM;
(3) Submit monthly EVM reports and CAPs to the USDA CIO as identified in this policy;
(4) Submit signed re-baseline notifications/requests to the OCIO; and
(5) Conduct an IBR in accordance with the terms of the contract but no later than the Select Phase of the USDA Integrated IT Governance Framework and at the conclusion of any authorized re-baseline.
f. Offerors, Contractors, Prime Contractors, and Subcontractors shall comply with this policy.† Prime Contractors shall submit comprehensive plans for compliance with this policy to the agency/staff office CIO in those cases where their existing system has not been determined to be compliant.
g. Contracting Officers shall require contractors to submit EVM monthly reports to the agency/staff office Program Manager assigned to investments required to report EVM.
h. The agency/staff office CIO or their delegated Authorized Investment Sponsor shall sign the completed IBR report prior to submission to the USDA CIO.
A minimum of two hours of annual EVM training is required for individuals with the following roles within USDA:
a. Executives with oversight responsibility of major and non-major investments;
b. Program/Project Managers assigned to manage investments that have EVM requirements; and
c. Contract/Procurement professionals.
Associate Chief Information Officer
American National Standards Institute/Electronics Industries Alliance
Budget at Completion
Corrective Action Plan
Code of Federal Regulations
Chief Information Officer
Contract Performance Report
Development, Modernization, and Enhancement
Estimate at Completion
Earned Value Management
Earned Value Management System
Federal Acquisition Regulation
Integrated Baseline Review
Information Resource Management
Office of Chief Information Officer
Office of Management and Budget
United States Code
United States Department of Agriculture
See DM for definitions and EVMS implementation instructions.† The companion DM will be found in 3100 series upon publication. ††
a. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Subpart - 34.2, Earned Value Management System
b. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Capital Programming Guide, v3.0, Supplement to Circular A-11, Planning, Budgeting, and Acquisition of Capital Assets, July 2013
c. USDA DM, USDA Earned Value Management Implementation Guide
d. USDA DR 3130-008, Definition of Major Information Technology (IT) Investments, May 29, 2013
e. USDA Integrated IT Governance Framework, v3.2, April 2014
f. American National Standards Institute /Electronics Industries Alliance (ANSI/EIA) Standard 748-C, Earned Value Management Systems, March 2013
The point of contact for this policy is the ACIO, IRM, OCIO.