Business Process Reengineering

Business Process Reengineering (BPR), as defined by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), is a systematic, disciplined improvement approach that critically examines, rethinks, and redesigns mission-delivery processes in order to achieve dramatic improvements in performance in areas important to customers and stakeholders.


BPR employs a logical methodology for assessing process weaknesses, identifying gaps, and implementing opportunities to streamline and improve the processes in business operations. The Department's approach to BPR is an iterative process which begins with a focus on the business activities / work and the information used. Processes are then further refined and adapted as the Information Technology requirements are modeled. This approach aligns with the principles of Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities, and Policy (DOTMLPF-P) analysis.


The United States Code Title 10 Section 2222 requires that business process reengineering be conducted as practicable or as appropriate before covered defense business system (DBS) programs proceed into development (or, if no development is required, into production or fielding). The department is no longer addressing BPR as a standalone effort with its own guidance document. BPR guidance and policy is being integrated into the DBS requirements and acquisition process itself.


The following documents include a guidance memo that the department issued in 2012 and an accompanying guide, the current problem statement template, and a GAO guide. The 2012 guidance memo and guide, with the accompanying BPR Standard (Appendix A), are not required as the basis for assessing each covered DBS program. These expectations have now been superseded by the department's requirements process for DBSs, which leverages the "problem statement" to document the BPR determinations. The 2012 guide and memo remain for historical reference only.