Each core competency requires CDFM candidates to demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge elements for each module. Below are the elements for Module 2.


Defense Budget Process (60%)

  • The Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process
  • Products and documents produced by PPBE
  • Role of key offices in PPBE
  • Prioritization process in PPBE
  • Budget execution by type of appropriation
  • Budget execution by type of contractual payment
  • Interagency, interservice and reimbursable agreements
  • Reprogramming

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Cost and Economic Analysis (20%)

  • Cost analysis policies and procedures
  • Economic analysis of policies and procedures
  • Limited application of cost and economic analytical techniques
  • Differentiation between types of benefits
  • Limited application of current installation costing techniques

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Business Management Process Improvement (10%)

  • Legal basis for Business Management Process Improvement
  • Management of improvement process
  • Outsourcing
  • Privatization
  • Relevant Circulars and Regulations

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Fiscal Law (10%)

  • Constitutional authorities
  • Congressional budget resolutions
  • Congressional authorization and appropriation
  • Federal agency authorities
  • Availability of appropriations
  • Availability of revolving funds
  • Reprogramming
  • Continuing Resolutions
  • Anti-Deficiency Act

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Module 2: Budget and Cost Analysis