Defense Business Council (DBC) & Investment Review Board (IRB)
Defense Business Council (DBC)
The Defense Business Council (DBC) is the subordinate governance board to the Deputy's Management Action Group (DMAG)/Defense Business Systems Management Committee (DBSMC) for the management of the Department's business operations. The DBC also serves as the governing body for DOD's single Investment Review Board (IRB).
Investment Review Board (IRB)
The Department of Defense budgets over $7 billion a year for business system investments. Section 901 of the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (FY2012 NDAA), now codified at Title 10 United States Code § 2222, included significant changes to the requirements for investment review and certification of defense business systems before funds, whether appropriated or non appropriated, can be obligated. Continuing to build on existing statutory guidance that requires Business Process Reengineering (BPR) and alignment to the Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA), Section 901 requires the establishment of a single Investment Review Board (IRB) chaired by the DoD Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO) and an investment management process, consistent with section 11312 of Title 40. It also significantly expands the scope of systems requiring certification to include any business system with a total cost in excess of $1M over the period of the current future–years defense program, regardless of type of funding or whether any development or modernization is planned.
In the prior IRB process, approximately $1.8 billion in funding was assessed and certified each year. The expanded scope in Section 901 will result in virtually all of the $7.4 billion in estimated FY 2013 business system information technology funding being assessed and certified. The Department's new investment management process will ensure that investments are aligned to strategies, allow the Department to make more informed investment decisions, eliminate legacy systems that are no longer required, enhance interoperability, and help the Department to transform to an environment where business applications are able to be rapidly deployed on a common computing infrastructure. The process will also ensure that each investment is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars and aligns to the Department’s architecture and our shared goal of delivering agile, effective and efficient business solutions that support and enable our warfighters.
To implement this new investment management process, the DCMO issued guidance to ensure that the Department continues to treat its business system investments with the firmness of purpose and discipline that will enable cost savings to be redirected to critical operational needs of the warfighter. The guidance, now updated annually, creates an Integrated Business Framework to align broad Departmental strategy with functional and organizational strategy, all the way to system implementations. This framework, utilizes new plans, called Functional Strategies and Organizational Execution Plans to help achieve the Department's target business environment. The guidance and implementing memoranda are included below.
Fiscal Year 2014 Guidance
The DBC/IRB will oversee the implementation of this guidance as it reviews Functional Strategies and approves Organizational Execution Plans; defines the Department's target business environment; and approves content for the DoD Business Enterprise Architecture.
The guidance provided above supersedes the previous Defense Business Systems Investment Management Guidance, dated June 29, 2012.