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Takin’ Care of Business (Strategies): DoD’s Carter Announces New Guidelines

Ashton Carter, Photo: dod.gov

The Defense Department’s top acquisition chief says it’s time for DoD to change the way it does business – at least concerning business systems worth more than $1 million, according to a report on Federal News Radio.

In an interim memo released earlier this month, Ashton Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, mandated agencies use what is known as the Business Capability Lifecycle for its million-dollar-plus systems.

The BCL is designed to “provide a single governance and decision support framework to enable faster delivery of business capabilities,” according to the Business Transformation Agency’s website.

BCL follows three steps: business capability definition, investment management and execution.

Federal News Radio reports DoD will release more formalized guidelines within the next couple of months, but until then Carter’s mandate stands.

Carter’s proposed fixes come as DoD’s business systems have come under scrutiny. A Government Accountability Office study in May reported there were 156 business systems worth more than $1 million, and many of those have been placed on GAO’s high-risk list since 1995, Federal News Radio reports.

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