OSD Obligation & Expenditure Rate Goals: An Examination of the Factors Contributing to the Interference

Report Number: SYM-AM-15-098

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Cost Management

Report Series: Symposium Proceedings

Authors: Robert Tremaine, Donna Seligman

Title: OSD Obligation & Expenditure Rate Goals: An Examination of the Factors Contributing to the Interference

Published: 2015-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2015/SYM-AM-15-098.pdf

Keywords: Proceedings, Thursday Sessions, Vol. 2, Symposium

Abstract:

Managing DoD acquisition programs is a complicated process. The turbulence created by funding instability makes it even more difficult. To help program offices maintain their overall funding execution pace, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) instituted Obligation and Expenditure rate goals over two decades ago. Acquisition program managers have found it difficult to meet established Obligation and Expenditure rate goals. For the purposes of this study (sponsored by Nancy Spruill, director of Acquisition Resources and Analysis, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) and based on Defense Acquisition University and OSD subject matter expertise, the authors looked closely at potential causal factors that could be interfering with the achievement of these goals. Two hundred and twenty-nine DoD personnel responded to a comprehensive survey. The respondents were comprised of program office personnel (program managers [PMs], deputy PMs, budget and financial managers [FMs], and contracting officers); program executive officers (PEOs) and their chief financial officers; and a variety of senior OSD staff including Headquarters FM senior staff and Senior Acquisition Executive staff. The respondents were asked if they found metrics helpful in better meeting OSD goals as well as the use of any process improvements.