Schedule Assessment

The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is the Division of the Department of Defense (DoD) that is responsible for ensuring that DoD suppliers deliver the supplies and services on time and at the agreed upon cost. The DCMA has duties before and after the contract is awarded. After the contract is awarded, DCMA monitors the contractors’ deliverables to insure that the expenditures, project execution, and schedules are in compliance with the contract.

DCMA formulated a number of metrics and thresholds that examine the health of the schedule and assess its robustness.  That framework is called the 14-point schedule assessment.  The metrics can be a starting point of discussion between the agency and the contractor regarding the project that leads to a better understanding of the contractor’s approach in performing the project. DCMA has implemented a set of Tripwire metrics that are used by OSD (Office of the Secretary of Defense) as part of its assessment. DCMA provides its contractors with a spreadsheet to perform the calculations necessary to derive metrics.  Being involved in a project that will be reviewed using these trip wires, requires either submittal of a schedule that does not violate the metrics’ thresholds as a contractor or for it to be reviewed with a construction manager.  In both cases, the schedule must be ready for the 14-point schedule assessment.

The following are the 14-point schedule assessment checks:

1.       Logic Check
2.       Leads Check
3.       Lags Check
4.       Relationship Types Check
5.       Hard Constraints Check
6.       High Float Check
7.       Negative Float Check
8.       High Duration Check
9.       Invalid Dates Check
10.    Resources Check
11.    Missed Tasks Check
12.    Critical Path Test Check
13.    Critical Path Length Index (CPLI)
14.    Baseline Execution Index (BEI)

For more information, please refer to the white paper for “Is your Schedule Ready for DCMA” under the white papers section