The DoD in April has released it’s latest revision of the IPMDAR (Integrated Program Management Data and Analysis Report). The Earned Value Management (EVM), a division of Acquisition, Analytics and Policy (AAP) within the Acquisition Enablers organization serves as the Department of Defense (DoD) focal point for all policy, guidance, and competency relating to EVM. The new IPMDAR release serves as an immediate replacement to previous iterations and is already in use for new RFP’s. This version will next be reviewed in March 2025.
Earned Value Management is one of DoD’s and industry’s most powerful program planning and management tools. The purpose of EVM is to ensure sound planning and resourcing of all tasks required for contract performance. It promotes an environment where contract execution data is shared between project personnel and government oversight staff and in which emerging problems are identified, pinpointed, and acted upon as early as possible.
EVM provides a disciplined, structured, objective, and quantitative method to integrate technical work scope, cost, and schedule objectives into a single cohesive contract baseline plan called a Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB) for tracking contract performance.
Together with the IPMDAR are the associated documents for Data Exchange and File Format Specifications, which are of particular interest to tool vendors like Deltek. These documents can all be downloaded directly from the links below:
IPMDAR – Integrated Program Management Data and Analysis Report DID
DEI – Data Exchange Instructions
These documents provide specific direction for using the File Format Specification for the IPMDAR Contract and Schedule Performance Datasets to exchange performance data.
FFS – File Format Specification
These documents are intended as a technical reference for computer programmers implementing software to support the exchange of data composing the IPMDAR datasets.
You should get up to speed with the new IPMDAR as it will appear in new RFP’s. It will replace the existing IPMDR and CPR format reports that you may be more familiar with, but existing contracts should remain unchanged. The new IPMDAR is a good step forward.