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Policies Mandating DoD ESI

October 10, 2018


DoD 5000.02

DoD 5000.74

Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Guidance and Policy Memorandum No 12-8430-July 26, 2000 – Acquiring Commercially Available Software

DFARS 208.74

DFARS PGI 208.7403


DFARS 252.251-7000

Agency Specific

Air Force

AFI 33 114_AFMCSUP_1, May 4, 2011 – Software Management

AFMAN17-1203, ITAM


PARC Training Alert # 15-11: DOD Enterprise Software Initiative Training

Army, (7034) ESA Memo. Department of Army, Memorandum, Enterprise Software Agreements, dated Dec 29, 2006.

Army AR-25


Instruction DLA6702


DON CIO-ASN FMC-ASN RDA Joint Memorandum of 22 Feb 2012 Subj: Mandatory Use of Department of the Navy Enterprise Licensing Agreements

DASN (AP), Memorandum Mandating Using DoD ESI Training Workshops and Tutorials dated Jan 13, 2015.

Navy Information Technology Procurement Request (ITPR) process validates product availability on ESI/ESL agreement


ESI Agreements Holding DoD Inventory

February 28, 2018

Several of the ESI agreements offer paid inventories of software and related services. The following agreements have paid for inventory available to the DoD customer: McAfee and Symantec Anti-Virus software and Computer Associates BPWIN/ERWIN software. The ESI links to these agreements are listed below:


DoD ESI Vendor's Toolkit

November 01, 2017

This Toolkit addresses “how to do business with DoD ESI” from a prospective Vendor’s perspective

Toolkit Contents:
Why do business with DoD ESI?
Who is involved?
What are the DoD ESI processes?
- Pre-award process – Getting an Enterprise Software Agreement (ESA) Awarded
- Post-award process – Roles and Responsibilities
Vendor / DoD ESI Talking Points
DoD ESI Points of Contact


DoD ESI Overview & History

September 23, 2016

DoD ESI is an official DoD initiative sponsored by the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO) to lead in the establishment and management of enterprise COTS IT agreements, assets, and policies. DoD ESI lowers the total cost of ownership across the DoD, Coast Guard and Intelligence Communities for commercial software, IT hardware, and services.

TAGS: Enterprise Mgmt, About ESI

Software License Negotiations Support Proves Valuable

September 12, 2016

This article provides information on how DoD ESI is on the leading edge of trends in the software licensing world and the impacts they have on the Government.

TAGS: Other News, About ESI, Training

Frequently Asked Questions

September 02, 2016

The ESI web site provides unique sets of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for both Customers and Vendors. If you cannot find an answer to your questions in one of the FAQs, please use the "Ask an Expert" feature of the web site to submit your question.


Who Can Use DoD ESI?

June 06, 2016

DoD ESI's agreements may be used as ordering vehicles by all DoD organizations and authorized defense contractors, which include:

  • the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)
  • the Military Departments
  • the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • the Unified Combatant Commands
  • the Inspector General of the Department of Defense (DoD IG)
  • the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities
  • the U. S. Coast Guard
  • NATO
  • the Intelligence Community
  • Foreign Military Sales (FMS) with a Letter of Authorization.


DoD ESI Brochures

June 01, 2016

DoD ESI is a joint project designed to implement a software enterprise management process within DoD. By pooling current and future requirements for commercial software and presenting a single negotiating position to leading software vendors, ESI provides pricing advantages not otherwise available to individual Services and Agencies. Twenty three software best practices have been identified and adopted by the ESI Working Group, leading toward a DoD-wide business process for acquiring, distributing and managing Enterprise Software. Agreement negotiations and retail contracting actions are performed by IT acquisition and contracting professionals within participating DoD Services and Agencies, as ESI “Software Product Managers” (SPMs). ESI also offers selected IT services and is implementing IT Asset Management across DoD with linkages to the DoD Component level. The ESI Team promotes regular sharing of information about DoD Component IT hardware enterprise acquisition practices, and is represented on the DoD’s Strategic Sourcing Board of Directors.


DoD ESI Education, Support, and Tools Portfolio Brochure

May 17, 2016

This brochure provides a visual mapping of the tools and resources available on the DoD ESI Website.

TAGS: About ESI, Training

Vendor Overview

April 06, 2016

This section has been compiled to assist existing and prospective ESI vendors to gain access to helpful information organized for vendors.


Raw Data Logs

March 12, 2013

Information is collected from the Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative website log files for statistical purposes.


Privacy and Security Notice

February 28, 2013

The Department of Defense ESI (DoD ESI) website is provided as a public service by the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer.


Authorized Users – Who Can Order?

September 30, 2011

DoD ESI Agreements are open for ordering by all DoD Components, including:

• Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)
• Military Departments
• Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
• Unified Combatant Commands
• Inspector General of the Department of Defense (DoD IG)
• Defense Agencies
• DoD Field Activities
• U.S. Coast Guard
• Intelligence Community
• NATO (if authorized under the specific BPA)
• Foreign Military Sales (FMS) with a Letter of Authorization (if authorized under the specific BPA)
• Authorized Defense Contractors


COTS Software License Framework for BPA-based Orders

September 30, 2011

The attached chart summarizes the contractual structure utilized by DoD ESI leveraging three key components of the contractual documents involved in a COTS software license:


ESI Team Structure

August 31, 2009

The DoD ESI organizational structure is shown below. The principal operations of DoD ESI are conducted through the DoD ESI Working Group and Software Product Managers.


ESI Operating Principles

August 31, 2009

The ESI operates under these principles:


DoD ESI SmartBUY Alliance

August 31, 2009

Since 2003, DoD ESI has partnered with GSA’s SmartBUY program to combine software requirements at the Federal level to act as one customer, reduce costs, and eliminate redundant purchases. Many DoD ESI disciplines, practices and agreements are the basis for SmartBUY’s agreements for Federal agency use and in some cases state and local governments. DoD ESI serves as the implementation agent for SmartBUY throughout the DoD to aggregate requirements for Federal-wide purchases. Visit the GSA SmartBUY Program website for more information.

TAGS: About ESI, SmartBUY

ITAM Overview

August 31, 2009

The Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO) is establishing a DoD Net-Centric Information Technology Asset Management (ITAM) framework for managing the Department’s Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) Information Technology (IT) hardware and software assets.


About ITAM

August 31, 2009

ITAM is the set of business practices that join financial, contractual and inventory functions to support strategic decision making and life cycle management for the IT environment.


ITAM Community of Interest

August 31, 2009

In January 2009, the DoD ITAM Community of Interest (COI) was launched with a governance structure at the Senior Executive Service (SES) level with representation from the DoD Military Departments and Defense Agencies. The ITAM COI is establishing common standards and best practices across DoD, with the primary objective of making IT asset data visible, accessible, understandable, trusted, interoperable, and responsive.


Net-Centricity and ITAM

August 31, 2009

The DoD Net-Centric Data Strategy and Net-Centric Services Strategy outline a framework for supporting Net-Centric Warfare through Net-Centric Operations to provide the right information where needed, and when needed, to achieve information superiority for the nation’s defense. Net-Centric Enterprise Licensing (NCEL) is a new software licensing paradigm that enables DoD to share data for joint operations and with mission partners to implement the Net-Centric Data and Services strategies. Where will the extra money for NCEL come from as IT budgets shrink? The new paradigm makes it imperative for all DoD Components to rationalize IT assets and manage them more efficiently to collectively fund NCEL in support of Net-Centric Operations. ITAM is the process that enables organizations to optimize IT acquisitions through efficient processes and economies of scale.


External Hyperlink Disclaimer

July 18, 2009

DOD Hyperlink Disclaimer
The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated


About ESI

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