A Major Automated Information System (MAIS) is an acquisition program for an Automated Information System (AIS) that meets Acquisition Category (ACAT) IA requirements listed below.  An AIS is a system of computer hardware, computer software, data and/or telecommunications that performs functions such as collecting, processing, storing, transmitting and displaying information.

A MAIS is determined for an acquisition program for an Automated Information System (either as a product or a service) that is either:

Acquisition Category Reason for ACAT Designation Decision Authority
ACAT IA ACAT IA are programs that are classified as Major Automated Information System (MAIS) designated by the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) as:
Cost Estimated to Exceed:

  •  $32 million (FY 2000 constant dollars), for all increments, regardless of appropriation or fund source, directly related to the AIS definition, design, development, and deployment, and incurred in any single fiscal year; or
  • $126 million (FY 2000 constant dollars), for all expenditures, for all increments, regardless of appropriation or fund source, directly related to the AIS definition, design, development, and deployment, and incurred from the beginning of the Materiel Solution Analysis (MSA) Phase through deployment at all sites; or
  • $378 million (FY 2000 constant dollars) for all expenditures, for all increments, regardless of appropriation or fund source, directly related to the AIS definition, design, development, deployment, operations and maintenance, and incurred from the beginning of the MSA phase through sustainment for the estimated useful life of the system
USD (AT&L) or designee

 

Economic Analysis (EA)

An EA is normally associated with MAIS acquisition programs. DoD Instruction 5000.02, Enclosure 4, Table 2-1, requires that an Economic Analysis be performed in support of the Milestone A, Milestone B, and Full-Rate Production Decision (FRPD) (or equivalent) reviews for MAIS. The purpose of the EA is to determine the best AIS program acquisition alternative, by assessing the net costs and benefits of the proposed AIS program relative to the status quo. In general, the best alternative will be the one that meets validated capability needs at the lowest Life-Cycle Cost (LCC) (measured in net present value terms), and/or provides the most favorable return on investment. [1]

Program Authority

For a MAIS program, consultation with the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (OASD(NII)), Office of Deputy to the ASD(NII) for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Information Technology Acquisition is recommended, unless the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics [AT&L] ) has retained authority for the program. [1]

Defense Business System (DBS)

The DoD Components are required to establish or employ decision bodies with similar responsibilities for Defnse Business System (DBS) that do not meet the MAIS threshold.

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