Given the urgency of the wars we are in, the daunting global security
environment we will inhabit for decades to come, and our country's economic
problems, we simply cannot afford to move ahead with business as usual.
—Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
The Real Property Acceptance Requirements (RPAR) initiative was launched in 2005 to specifically address real property acceptance – the process of accepting accountability for a real property asset at the point in time when the Department obtains legal interest in a property.
The lack of consistent processes ensuring accountability for real property assets at the point of acceptance resulted in duplicate or erroneous real property asset reporting and valuation. The process and policy differences among the Military Departments and the variety of functions from the different Military Departments with a role in accepting an asset into the appropriate Service's real property inventory system requires coordination and standardization.
The RPAR processes, data elements, and business rules generated by the Military Services and Defense Agencies during the initiative development were approved by the I&E Domain Governance Board and incorporated in Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA) version 3.0, released 30 September 2005, and in subsequent releases. The BEA 3.0 is considered the initial baseline architecture. After the BEA 4.1 release, the BEA will be changed from a bi-annual release to an annual release beginning with the March 2008 release.
DoD policy revisions are underway to enable implementation of the "To-Be" target and align current policies with the BEA. BEI is responsible for assisting the Components with implementation of the process, data, and system re-engineering efforts required by RPAR. BEI is continually working on new tools that will reduce the Components' change management burdens and help them to implement predictable and auditable business processes for real property acceptance.