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IT Capital Planning

As defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-11, “Capital planning and investment control means the same as capital programming and is a decision-making process for ensuring IT investments integrate strategic planning, budgeting, procurement, and the management of IT in support of agency missions and business needs. The term comes from the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 and generally is used in relationship to IT management issues.”

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is the responsible organization for the oversight and reporting of the DOE IT portfolio. The Information Technology Council (ITC) serves as the primary governance body for IT capital planning matters within the Department. The ITC reviews the annual IT budget, conducts quarterly control reviews on major IT investments, and approves and distributes CPIC policies and documentation. The DOE Capital Planning and Investment Control Working Group was established in July 2010 to make recommendations on CPIC policies to the ITC. The Working Group is comprised of representatives from each of the Program and Staff Offices, as nominated by their respective ITC representatives.

The Electronic Capital Planning and Investment Control System (eCPIC) is a governmentwide, government-owned technology system and web-based service, GSA's IT Portfolio Management System (GOTS), designed to help agencies with the management and control of their initiatives, portfolios, and investment priorities, as well as in the preparation and submission of budget data to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

eCPIC training is provided periodically throughout the year and is specifically designed for personnel inputting data into the system and managing Non-Major and Major reporting.  The training demonstrates new eCPIC functionality and provides guidance on how to report Non-Major and Major information.  If you have any questions related to the use of eCPIC, eCPIC Training opportunities, or IT Reporting Instructions, please contact the eCPIC Help Desk.