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Integration & Compliance

IPM’s Integration Compliance features confirm integration, alignment & validation between the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) cost and schedule

Our DCMA Integration Compliance software is a web-based, enterprise-level software providing an easy solution to validate integration in seconds. IPM software eliminates the time and frustration that results from using multiple systems that don’t fully provide the tools to establish, maintain and monitor cost/schedule integration.

Cost/Schedule Integration and Compliance

IPM’s Integration Compliance features confirm integration, alignment & validation between the Cost and Schedule. It is vitality important to understand the results of the compliance checks and how to correct the issues it raises to ensure the health of the program baseline.

Our Integration Report performs dozens of checks to:

  • Highlight issues related to integrating costs and schedules that require correction for a more accurate view of project status.
  • Prove to your customer that your cost and schedule data is integrated, and date aligned.

Cost compliance

IPM performs all DCMA Data Integrity Checks PLUS additional checks to validate that cost data is accurate and compliant with Earned Value standards. The Cost Compliance Score Card checks all areas of cost and highlights discrepancies related to Budgets, Actuals, Performance and ETCs.

Schedule compliance

IPM performs DCMA 14-Point Assessment Metrics checks plus additional assessments to ensure accuracy and EVM compliance of schedule data. The Schedule Score Card shows how well the schedule aligns with the requirements for each criterion and shows any discrepancies.

Fully exportable interactive reports

All Integration & Compliance Reports and supporting data can be exported in interactive Microsoft Excel® workbook format, providing a far more powerful and flexible analysis tool than a raw data export provides.

DCMA EVMS compliance metrics

Earned value compliance is a cornerstone of the IPM toolset, whether it be cost and schedule integration, the DCMA 14-point schedule assessment or adherence to the 32 EVM guidelines. With the latest release to our IPM software, we have included a new module: DECM, the DCMA EVMS Compliance Metrics.

The intent of DECM process is to allow earned value data to be more objectively assessed and to create an environment where data is more consistent and accurate. Since these metrics emphasize trend analysis, as well as monthly reviews, it puts the focus on those areas that tend to have repeated issues, rather than a single period ‘blip.’

The DECM version 6.0 consists of 142 separate data checks (tests). Of these, IPM has the option to automate 74 of them, far above the expectation given with the official DECM documentation. This is possible because IPM contains the integrated cost/schedule data as well as many supplemental EV artifacts, like work authorizations.

The DECM module allows the user to provide updates to manual checks, review results of automated checks, and provide notes for all metrics. All metrics can be viewed based on the period of the selected data instance, as well as a trend of up to 6 months of historical data. A DECM ‘scorecard’ report is easily exported into Excel and is formatted for easy review.

As the DECM checks are continually being refined, our module within IPM will be kept up to date with the latest released metric requirements.