Financial Management

Government finances understood

Axiologic Solutions offers Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPB&E) professional services to US Government agencies. The PPB&E process governs the ability to allocate funding to achieve national security objectives, links together requirements and spending, sets the department’s calendar, controls change to investment priority, and serves as the mechanism for Congress to exercise its constitutionally granted appropriations powers.

Axiologic Solutions delivers PPB&E professional services using the Axiologic Solutions PPB&E Methodology – STREAMLINEPPB&E™ with the following key features:

  • Improvements to PPB&E. Using the findings of various government and academic research on some of the weaknesses in the government PPB&E process, we bring immediate improvements to the following areas:
    • Support for different capability delivery cadences/models: classic waterfall, iterative model, and hybrid (initially waterfall, then iterative).
    • A more flexible PPB&E process that prioritizes delivery of operational capability and permits hedging, learning, and re-baselining over time.
    • Additional techniques for handling technological complexity, including emerging change.
    • Budgeting around capability buckets, where similar systems are agglomerated into a portfolio; and then applying modern portfolio management to manage these.
    • More sophisticated cost estimation models, including support for managed services.
  • Incorporating best practices from other domains, such as:
    • Systems Engineering
      • Requirements lifecycle management
      • System architecture and design to support long term adaptability
      • Complexity estimation
    • Data Science
      • Data collection
      • Data analysis
      • Data visualization
    • Project Management
      • Increased role of non-traditional capability methods e.g., ML models and AI, and how to plan for these types of acquisitions
      • Risk management – focusing on risks related to:
        • Obsolescence (aging)
        • Cyber security – using techniques from the RMF
        • AI
  •  Use of additional or improved metrics to monitor the PPB&E. Some new metrics include:
    • Measures of technical and technological complexity
    • Predictability of ability to meet program objectives
    • Efficiency of budgeted amounts to meet program objectives (some kind of ROI)
    • Speed of ability to meet outcomes
    • Adaptability
  • Use concepts from the commercial and financial world. Some of the services include:
    • Portfolio management
    • Risk management
    • ROI calculations 
  • New or different approaches for injecting innovation:
    • Venture capital
    • Skunkworks
    • Nearshoring R&D
  • New service delivery model. Extension of the typical staff-augmentation model for delivery of these services to an “as-a-service” (quasi managed services) delivery model