Surveillance Guide, Revision 4

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NDIA - PMSC Surveillance Guide, Revision 3

Surveillance Guide, Revision 3 – dated 15 October 2021

“Surveillance is the continuous process of reviewing the health of the Earned Value Management System (EVMS). The purpose of surveillance is to ensure the EVMS is effectively used to manage cost, schedule, and technical performance, and that the performance data generated are accurate and reliable. An effective surveillance process ensures the key elements of the system are maintained over time and on subsequent applications. The goals of surveillance are to:

  1. Ensure that the organization's EVMS has been effectively implemented in accordance with the organization's EVMS documentation.
  2. Ensure the EVMS provides timely, accurate, and reliable integrated project management information for internal and customer use.
  3. Assess the project's commitment and ability to maintain and use its EVMS as an integral part of its project management process.
  4. Effectively communicate surveillance findings, results, and opportunities for improvement to appropriate stakeholders and follow up to correct systemic problems and leverage best practices.”

The NDIA Integrated Program Management Division (IPMD) Surveillance Guide provides guidance on the surveillance process and discusses the characteristics of successful EVMS Surveillance Programs. It is intended to assist suppliers in the planning and execution of both internal and subcontractor surveillance, as well as to provide guidance for customers and organizations with EVMS oversight responsibility. Suppliers planning their Surveillance Programs should refer to the latest customer surveillance guidance for information on how the customer plans and conducts EVMS Surveillance Reviews to better coordinate internal, subcontractor, and joint surveillance planning and execution.

The guide discusses how a standard approach to effective surveillance benefits all parties. It ensures a common understanding of expectations, encourages efficiencies through the use of a uniform process, and establishes consistent guidance to organizations responsible for EVMS surveillance.

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