The best practices and themes shared here represent findings from the ADA EVM Interpretation and Issue Resolution (IIR) Process.
The ADA IPM Division has fielded several IIR requests seeking clarification on how material is expected to be planned and scheduled in an Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) for contracts with a requirement for a compliant Earned Value Management System (EVMS). The December 2021 memo, Expectations for Earned Value Management System Material Planning and Scheduling, acknowledges the utility of using E/MRP systems for managing material, but maintains that “this does not supplant the supplier’s responsibility to use an IMS for internal management benefit and control in compliance with the Guidelines in the Industry EVMS Standard, EIA-748, as outlined in the EVMSIG."
Program to be awarded as an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity IDIQ) contract type with Task Orders (TO) to be released over the lifespan of the contract. IDIQs are a type of contract that provide for an indefinite quantity of supplies or services during a fixed period of time.
The IPMR replaced the legacy CPR and IMS DIDs in 2012, therefore the IPMR should be used for new contractual efforts. The FAR definition of "contract" at FAR 2.101 "includes all types of commitments that obligate the Government to an expenditure of appropriated funds....in addition to bilateral instruments, contracts include (but are not limited to) awards and notices of awards; job orders or task letters issued under basic ordering agreements; letter contracts; orders, such as purchase orders, under which the contract becomes effective by written acceptance or performance; and bilateral contract modifications." Thus, as an example, each new task order issued is a new "contract" and should use the latest DID, in this case being the IPMR.
Program originally planned for Firm Fixed Price (FFP) but planned now as a Fixed Price Incentive Firm (FPIF) contract due to acquisition decisions. EVM was not planned to be included and no EVM DFARS clauses were to be invoked.