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Welcome to the U.S. Department of the Interior's Activity Based Cost Management Website

PURPOSE: The purpose of ABC/M is to provide visibility into the cost and performance of DOI-wide processes and outputs, as well as provide individual Bureau program and financial managers with consistent information, training, and tools to apply and use ABC/M information to improve business operations. ABC/M allows the Department to break its mission down into specific work activities to measure costs and performance. This information allows the Department to improve program performance, assure that the Departmental budget supports best value results, respond to customer demands, and plan for workforce skills needed to deliver program commitments.

ABC/M DESCRIPTION: ABC/M is a management tool that provides information about the cost of doing work and how work aligns with the Department's strategic objectives. ABC/M is a methodology that allows an organization to focus on the activities or work done that generate cost, and to analyze what influences the amount of cost, what causes cost to occur, the cost of work performed, and the outputs produced from the work done.

"An effective ABC System answers the question, "How much are we actually spending for what we are getting?" and thereby assists managers in matching resources consumed with results achieved."

Lynn Scarlett, Deputy Secretary
Department of the Interior

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What's New?
Grant Thornton Final Report
FY07 Work activities
Linking Performance and
      ABC -briefing slides and
      meeting notes to 1/25/06
      joint Performance/ABC
     Community meeting
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Resource Documents
Collecting Workload
     Outputs

ABC Business Rules for
     Natural and Manmade
     Disasters

FY06 ABC Business Rules
Implementation Memo
Strategic Plan
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