News


May 28, 2020

CAPE COVID-19 Data Collection memo

The global pandemic is having an undeniable impact on society as a whole and the defense industrial base in particular, with disruptions to the workforce, production facilities, and the supply chain. As mission-essential programs and their industry partners do their utmost to deliver needed capability to the warfighter, it is crucial that we understand COVID-19 effects on program cost, schedule, and performance and capture them in real time to support future analysis and decision-making.

To this end, OSD CAPE has issued a memorandum in coordination with the Acquisition community to provide “COVID-19 Cost and Performance Data Collection Guidance.” Highlights include:

  • Government and Industry work together to develop approach to capturing COVID-19 effects
  • Effects should be discernible from non-COVID-19 factors to the maximum extent practicable
  • Effects should be included and documented in CSDR and IPMDAR deliverables
  • Neither contract changes nor allowability of costs implied

Government and Industry alike are encouraged to participate in the CIPT in June and CADE Focus Group in October to help shape approaches. Registration will be available at https://cade.osd.mil/support/events. Other COVID-19 guidance can be found on the DPC website.


April 23, 2020

Introducing our new CADE Newsletter

We are proud to announce the launch of the CADE Newsletter: Volume 1, Issue 1, April 2020 . This publication will be a quarterly review of features added, policy changes and training updates that affect both our industry and government partners. Our goal with this newsletter is to create something that is informative and beneficial to our readers. We chose a quarterly schedule to ensure that our correspondence is never overwhelming and that the content delivered covers new enhancements and bug fixes that we make every six to eight weeks. All future editions will be located here as well.

This inaugural issue provides information on:

  • What’s New
  • DoD Policy & Guidance
  • FlexFile and Quantity Data Reporting
  • CADE Training
  • Frequently Asked Questions

March 27, 2020

CADE COVID-19 Announcement

We realize that many of you are working under challenging conditions, and we want to reassure you that CADE is open as your 24/7 data source. Our array of online resources and the dedicated team behind them remain in place.

Due to travel restrictions and health concerns, all CADE Regional Training events have been deferred to June at the earliest. We are automatically re-enrolling all registrants for the new dates. Remember that courses are available on demand via our Bridge learning management system (LMS) at https://cade.bridgeapp.com/.

The CADE Portal continues to support CSDR Planning activities, and reports are due from Industry as previously scheduled.  As always, if you have any questions or issues, please contact the CADE Help Desk at CADESupport@tecolote.com.


March 16, 2020

The Updated DoDI 5000.73 – Cost Analysis Guidance and Procedures

The updated DoDI 5000.73, Cost Analysis Guidance and Procedures, dated March 13, 2020, establishes the policies for cost analyses, independent cost estimates, and cost data collection in the DoD. The CSDR requirements and reporting thresholds are listed in Section 4: Data Collection, Table 1. Cost Data Reporting Requirements. DoDI 5000.73 also replaces Enclosure 10, Cost Estimating and Reporting, and other cost estimating requirements from the prior version of DoDI 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System. To learn more please read here: https://cade.osd.mil/policy/csdr-timeline.


February 19, 2020

New Policies Available

Feel free to visit https://aaf.dau.edu/aaf/ to see all four new policies and additional information on them:

1. Software Acquisition Pathway Interim Policy and Procedures, January 3, 2020 (New) --- Establishes direction, responsibilities, and procedures for the management of the Software Acquisition Pathway as the preferred path for acquisition and development of software-intensive systems.

2. DODI 5000.74: Defense Acquisition of Services, January 10, 2020 (Major Revision) --- Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides direction for the acquisition of services. Additionally, it establishes a management structure for the acquisition of services and provides implementation procedures.

3. DODI 5000.80: Operation of the Middle Tier of Acquisition, December 30, 2019 (New) --- Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the management of the middle tier of acquisition for rapid prototyping and rapid fielding in Section 804 of Public Law 114-92

4. DODI 5000.81: Urgent Capability Acquisition, December 31, 2019 (New) --- Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for acquisition programs that provide capabilities to fulfill urgent operational needs and other quick reaction capabilities that can be fielded in less than 2 years.


January 29, 2020

Event Calendar now to include events across the cost community!

The CADE Events Calendar now includes not just CADE training events, but also other events of interest to the cost community such as working groups or Cost Integrated Product Team (CIPT) meetings.

If you know about an event that should be included here, please email us at cadesupport@tecolote.com and let us know!


December 9, 2019

The Ground Vehicle Systems CARD Template Now Available!

The Ground Vehicle commodity CARD file is now available for use here: https://cade.osd.mil/policy/card. These commodity CARD files should be considered as a starting point when building a new CARD.


September 24, 2019

cPet 2.7 is now available!

The updated cPet 2.7 is now available for download on the CADE CSDR Tools page.

The Key cPet Functions include:

  • Create FlexFile & Quantity Excel Template from CSDR Plan
  • Import FlexFile & Quantity Excel Templates and Validate Format against File Format Specification (FFS)
  • Generate JSON FlexFile & Quantity Submission Zip File Formats
  • Generate Legacy 1921 and FlexFile Pivot “Reviewer” Files
  • Validate FlexFile & Quantity Formats against 2019 FlexFile CSDR Plan

If you have any questions on how to download or utilize the new features, please feel free to contact CADESupport@Tecolote.com


September 13, 2019

The FlexFile Standard Plans are now available!

The FlexFile Standard CSDR Plans serve as templates for creating a CSDR plan, so rather than starting from scratch for each contract or copying an old Plan, the CWIPT has a running start in establishing the new Plan. The templates were designed and updated to improve the DD Form 2794 CSDR Plan by extending the content within. These standards should be considered as your starting point when building a new CSDR plan. Tailoring of the content within each plan is left up to the discretion of individual CWIPTs but please note major deviations from these standard templates must be annotated by each CWIPT and approved by each service’s CSDR plan approval chain of command.


August 21, 2019

Thank you for attending the CADE Cost and Technical Focus Group!

Thank you for taking the time to join us for the CADE Cost and Technical Focus Group at the Boeing Washington Conference Center on July 16-17, 2019. We truly do value your input that will help influence the way the Department of Defense collects and leverages data more efficiently and effectively.

We believe the collaborative discussion of the CADE Initiatives will ultimately lead to a win-win for Industry and Government.

Please see the Focus Group presentations displayed during the Focus Group.

If you or any of your colleagues are interested in registering for future CADE Training and Outreach events, or accessing any of our online training, please visit https://cade.osd.mil/support. There is a wealth of resources on FlexFiles and other initiatives on our CADE website as well.

Sincerely,

The CADE Team


May 1, 2019

CADE Cost and Technical Focus Group
July 16-17, 2019
Register Here and View the Agenda Here!

The Purpose of this 2-Day Focus Group is to promote discussion amongst key individuals within the community in order to gain insight into their views and experiences related to the OSD CAPE Initiatives. CAPE would like to draw upon participants' experiences and reactions in a way that would not be feasible using other methods. The first day will a joint session focusing on Cost Data, including FlexFiles, and Technical Data, including Software. The second day will be Government Only focusing on Cost Estimating Data Challenges & CSDR Usage. Each day, there will be a series of Industry and Government panels to address specific topics and concerns across the community. Following each panel there will be a community feedback forum to collectively discuss and collaborate in order to formulate solutions and mitigation approaches for the aforementioned concerns. Both days will also feature plenary as well as contractor breakout sessions. Broad participation is encouraged from both Government and Industry, across the cost and systems engineering communities.

Registration: The Link for all Training Events and Focus Groups: https://cade.osd.mil/support/events

Location: Boeing Regional HQ - 929 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 (Washington Conference Center)

Read-ahead Material: The read-ahead material, comprising the most current Implementation Guides and Briefs for FlexFiles and all other initiatives can be found here: https://cade.osd.mil/policy.

Working Lunch: There will also be a working lunch with Industry and Government leadership and CAPE leadership to discuss any concerns that were not appropriate for the plenary session.

Food & Beverages: Lunch will be catered and we ask that you bring a mere $10 in CASH to cover your meal expense.

Plan for lots of dialogue! We look forward to seeing you and having a candid discussion.


March 25, 2019

Implementation of Cost and Hour Report (FlexFile) and Quantity Data Reports within the Cost and Software Data Reporting (CSDR) System

Beginning on May 15, 2019, the default cost reporting formats for new CSDR plans will be the Cost and Hour Report "FlexFile" and Quantity Data reports in place of the legacy DD 1921 series formats. You can read more about this effort in the Implementation of Cost and Hour Report (FlexFile) and Quantity Data Reports within the Cost and Software Data Reporting (CSDR) System memo signed on March 22, 2019.


Feb 4, 2019

CADE Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) Database Now Available in CADE - Applications

The CADE team is happy to announce the availability of the CADE SAR Database as a CADE Portal Application as of February 4, 2019. The application is a seamless union of authoritative DAMIR SAR data (1997-present) and, for historical completeness, select non-DAMIR legacy SAR data (from recognized meritorious Service databases previously keystroked from authoritative 1969-1996 paper SARs). CADE users with any role can access this application by following these simple steps below:

  1. Go to the CADE portal Home
  2. Select CADE SAR Database from the list of applications on the dark blue left-hand panel.
  3. Navigate using drop-down menu selection located across the top of the screen.

Data Views are used to query the database one program and one submission at a time. Each view presents that portion of the selected SAR submission on the screen. Each resultant screen can be downloaded as an excel file to your desktop for your further use. Navigate to the SAR Data View via the top row menu to select a screen. Most of these views are filtered by Program, Subprogram (when applicable), and submission date. Some of these have additional screen-unique filters.

While the Data View feature provided a means to query the database one program and submission at a time, the Bulk Download feature provides a means to retrieve data across programs in one action. Navigate to the SAR Bulk Downloads via the top row menu to select a bulk download. Each bulk download has three filters: Service, Status (Active/Inactive), and a submission date range. This instance of the application limits the data range to two years as the intent is to enable annual updates to individual user’s off-line analytical tools.

Note the first menu item underneath the SAR Data Views is the SAR Overview Screen. This screen provides a visual assist in knowing what could be expected to exist prior to navigating to the data views and working the filters. The overview screen helps determine SAR DB content and avoid futile queries looking for data on other screens that will not exist. Query is by program (not subprogram). The PNO is selected and all of that PNO’s submissions are presented. The inventory screen also shows Context Tags to aid in identifying submissions nearest certain Milestones.


Jan 11, 2019

CSDR Reporting now Required for ACAT II Programs

As of January 4, 2019, Mr. Bob Daigle has signed a memo with updated Implementation of cost data reporting requirements for ACAT II programs in accordance with Section 2334(g). Cost reporting plan approval for ACAT II programs is delegated to the MILDEP Cost Center Director or the Component equivalent. The waiver of cost reporting requirements on required programs may only be granted by the CAPE Deputy Director, Cost Assessment.


Sep 25, 2018

2018 DOD Cost Analysis Symposium (September 26-27, 2018)

The 2018 Department of Defense Cost Analysis Symposium (DoDCAS) will take place on September 26-27, 2018 at the Scott Hall at Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at the Fort Belvoir Campus. The theme of this 49th DoDCAS is Section 804 and Rapid Acquisition.

Please see the agenda below:

Agenda_2018 Department of Defense Cost Analysis Symposium

Read-Ahead Material:

Middle Tier of Acquisition (Rapid Prototyping/Rapid Fielding) Interim Authority and Guidance, April 2018
Middle Tier Acquisition and Acquisition Agility Guidance, April 2018
Air Force Guidance Memorandum for Rapid Acquisition Activities, June 2018
Implementation of Cost Data Reporting Requirements for Middle Tier Acquisition Programs, August 2018
DoDI 5000.02 and Rapid Acquisition – Yes Rapid!, August 2018
Army: Implementing Acquisition Streamlining and Cultural Change, December 2017


Aug 27, 2018

LMS Launch Announcement

Starting on September 6, 2018, all CADE stakeholders will have access to CADE training from the convenience of their own desk! As we continue to develop the platform and add courses, you may receive an occasional email notifying you that you’ve been enrolled in a new course. Bridge will also organize and track your learning. For managers, it allows them to track everyone in one easy-to-use dashboard and eases the reporting process.

We completely understand how busy everyone is this time of year, so we’ve tried to make taking courses as easy as possible. Bridge is also an online learning environment that you can access from your phone, tablet, or personal computer.

There are two ways to register!

CADE ACCOUNT HOLDERS: You will automatically receive an email on September 6, 2018 from the “CADE Training Team” with your personalized link to register.

NON-CADE ACCOUNT HOLDERS: No CADE account? Don’t worry! You can register for an account at https://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6igQqlkXPp9xuaF

And, if at any time you need help, you can contact the CADE Training Team. Click here to get in contact with the CADE Training Team.

Sincerely,

The CADE Training Team


Jul 26, 2018

CADE Focus Group Read-Ahead Material and a Thank you!!!

The CADE Cost and Technical Focus group at Lockheed Martin on June 27-28, 2018 was a great success. We truly do value the input that will help influence the the way the Department of Defense collects data more efficiently and effectively. We believe the collaborative discussion of the CADE Initiatives will ultimately lead to a win-win for Industry and Government.

For more guidance and information on the CADE Initiatives, please visit https://cade.osd.mil/policy.

If you or any of your colleagues are interested in registering future for CADE Training and Outreach events, please visit https://cade.osd.mil/support.

Please see below all of the read-ahead material discussed at our Focus group sessions.


May 22, 2018

CAPE-CADE Focus Group on June 27-28 in Crystal City, VA

The CADE-DCARC team will be hosting the OSD CAPE CADE Focus Group 27-28 June in Crystal City.

The Purpose of this 2-Day Focus Group is to promote discussion amongst key individuals within the community in order to gain insight into their views and experiences related to the OSD CAPE Initiatives. CAPE would like to draw upon participants' attitudes, feelings, beliefs, experiences and reactions in a way that would not be feasible using other methods.

The first day will focus on Cost Data, including FlexFiles, while the second day will focus on Technical Data, including Software. Each day, there will be a series of Industry and Government panels to address specific topics and concerns across the community. Following each panel there will be a community feedback forum to collectively discuss and collaborate in order to formulate solutions and mitigation approaches for the aforementioned concerns. Both days will also feature plenary as well as contractor breakout sessions. Broad participation is encouraged from both Government and Industry, across the cost and systems engineering communities.

Details below:

Registration:
The Link for all Training Events and Focus Groups:
https://cade.osd.mil/support/events

Location: Global Vision Center Lockheed Martin 2121 Crystal Drive Arlington, VA 22202

Read-ahead Material: The read-ahead material, comprising the most current Implementation Guide and Briefs for all Initiatives, will be sent to registrants during the early June timeframe in order to provide ample time for review before the focus group.

Plan for lots of dialogue! There will also be a working lunch (invite only) with Industry and Government leadership and CAPE leadership to discuss any concerns that were not appropriate for the plenary session.

We look forward to seeing you and having a candid discussion.


Apr 26, 2018

April 2018 MIL-STD-881D Now Available

The April 2018 MIL-STD-881D is Now Available. The MIL-STD-881D, effective April 9, 2018, and superseding MIL-STD-881C, shall be implemented for all MDAP and MAIS programs that meet the requirements for CSDR reporting. Click here for more information.


Apr 2, 2018

2017 DID Approvals, 1921-3 Pilot Memo, and Non-ACAT I Data Reporting Requirements

The current November 2017 DID Approvals are now available, for more info, visit: Cade.osd.mil/Policy/DIDs

Also, the 1921-3 Draft Pilot DID is now available - For more info, visit: Cade.osd.mil/Policy/1921-3

The "CAPE Non-ACAT I Data Reporting Requirements Guidance Memo" is now Available" click here: CAPE Data Reporting Requirements in Accordance with FY17 NDAA


Mar 9, 2018

New Features Alert!

CADE has released some new features to the Portal Home, Data & Analytics and CSDR-Submit-Review (CSDR-SR) Applications.

Below is an overview of the new features in the CADE 7.0 release by Application:

Portal Home:

Dashboard Tile Improvements: Updated several dashboard tiles to ease CSDR Reviewer & Submitter access submissions for review and submission events to upload data. You can now click the plus sign in the top right corner of the Portal Home page upon logging into CADE to add these new tiles.

Data & Analytics:

1921-3 & FPR Browse – Allows users to browse and search for 1921-3 data & Forward Pricing Rates (FPR) data. You can navigate to the My CADE dropdown and select “1921-3 & FPR Browse” to find this feature.

Business Base Data Availability – Displays 1921-3 and FPR data for contractors with contracts for a given program. Individual contractor business units are listed by location and by the number of 1921-3 data and FPRs available. You can find this feature when you select a program below the Program Contracts and Data Availability table.

CARD Widget – This new widget makes all uploaded CARDs accessible in Data and Analytics. This feature is available when you select a program below the Key Events widget.

CSDR-SR:

Program Planning Module (PPM) Updates – The PPM has been updated with several new features to assist CSDR Reviewers during the planning process. These features include the following:

  • Populating the standard plans based on metadata entered when creating a plan package and tasks, plan package search and filter capability for a program
  • A link to cPet Web to allow users to send plans to and from the PPM
  • User Interface changes
  • Consolidation of metadata at the package level

You can find these by navigating to a program inside the PPM.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at 253-564-1979 x1 or via email at cadesupport@tecolote.com.

- The CADE Team