Last week there was a flurry of news articles concerning the decertification of Lockheed's EVMS system. EVMS (Earned Value Management System) is a standard used by contractors to provide data on the progress of large Government contracts. In 2007, the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) reviewed Lockheed's EVMS system and found it deficient in more than half of the 32 EVMS standards. In a recent followup review, DCMA found that Lockheed had not made sufficient progress on its corrective action plan, hence the decertification.
In today's news, another defense contractor has been found to have EVMS issues. DCMA is on the verge of issuing a report citing Northrop Grumman of significant deficiencies in a number of EVMS standards.
There is obviously a renewed emphasis on EVMS. DCMA (as well as DCAA) is focusing a lot of resources these days to ensure that these systems are functioning properly and provide valid, accurate, and current information on the status of major programs. This would be a good time for contractors to assess the adequacy of their own EVMS implementations - before the Government arrives.