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Defense Cost & Resource Center (DCARC) Executive Overview Brief

Methods and Models I Track



The OSD stood up an independent office to manage the CCDR (Contractor Cost Data Report) requirement in the late 1990s. Today, that office is known as the Defense Cost and Resource Center (DCARC), which is part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE). The original charter has been expanded to accommodate the collection of not only cost data but software metrics data as well, from industry on ACAT 1 Major Defense Acquisition Programs and Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS) programs. Today the Cost and Software Data Report (CSDR) requirement spans over 140 MDAP ACAT 1C/1D programs and a large number of MAIS 1AM and 1AC Programs.

This presentation will refresh your knowledge of the CSDR reporting requirement as well as inform you on how CSDR data are collected today. This executive overview brief covers such topics as CSDR Plan development, implementation of the MIL-STD-881C Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), CSDR report validation techniques, data availability via the Defense Automated Cost Information Management System (DACIMS) and selected highlights of the automated tools used today by government Program Offices and industry report submitters. If you are presently supporting any DoD weapon system or Major Automated Information System (MAIS) program, or perhaps conducting applied cost estimating or cost research activities, this brief is your one-stop-shop to get an up to date snapshot of the process, tools and data that are available today.


Michael W. Augustus
Mr. Augustus is the Director of the OSD/CAPE Defense Cost & Resource Center (DCARC). He is primarily responsible for establishing and maintaining the Cost and Software Data Reporting (CSDR) System for the Deputy Director, CAPE (DDCA) and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD (AT&L)). The CSDR system consists of a repository for defense contractor cost data reports (CCDRs), Software Resource Data Reports (SRDRs), and other related defense acquisition data associated with Major Defense Acquisition weapon systems and Automated Information Systems. These data are in turn used by government analysts to aid in the development of life cycle cost estimates for MDAP Programs, and facilitate cost research and applied cost and software estimating in support of acquisition decision milestones.
Mr. Augustus leads the day to day operations of the DCARC with the objective of improving the quality of the CSDRs and making the data readily available to the cost analysis community. Toward this end, Mr. Augustus has three broad primary responsibilities: fulfilling the DCARCs mission; managing the operation of the DCARC office including its staff and resources; and, educating and influencing various stakeholders including the acquisition community and defense manufacturers to understand and appreciate CSDR Related issues.
Mr. Augustus has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. Mr. Augustus has 37 years experience in cost estimating, cost analysis, scheduling analysis, and defense acquisition. Mr. Augustus spent 8 years in Saudi Arabia as an on-site scheduling engineer at several gas and oil separation plants. Mr. Augustus and his wife are ballroom dancers that have won several competitions and top couple awards.