ANSWER: Multi-functional Independent Review Teams (MIRTs) are comprised of cross-functional subject matter experts (SMEs). They act as an advisor to the Clearance Approval Authority (CAA) by validating each critical decision point (CDP), and are based on policy established in 2009. When clearance is required, the CAA must use a MIRT if the acquisition is over $50M and competitive, but the CAA may waive the MIRT or even specific CDPs within the MIRT based on acquisition/source selection history and procurement/source selection experience of the acquisition team (MIRTs 1 & 4 are currently waived up to the level of the SCCO’s authority - $1B for competitive). Also, at the discretion of the CAA, MIRTs can be used for competitive acquisitions < $50M or for sole-source at any dollar threshold.
The CAA appoints the SMEs to constitute the MIRT, and they will review and assess CDPs as advisors. MIRTs will convene an out-brief with the source selection team at the conclusion of each CDP. There are 2 Pre-Business Clearance CDPs: (1) Review draft ASP brief/draft AP, and (2) Review Sections L & M of the RFP. The final 3 CDPs are Pre-Contract Clearance: (3) Review draft Competitive Range Brief or Award w/o Discussions Brief, (4) Review draft FPR, (5) Review draft Source Selection Decision briefing.
Peer Review kicks in when we have an acquisition over $1 billion. There are three Peer Reviews required for competitive acquisitions, and two Peer Reviews required for sole source acquisitions. They are pre-solicitation, pre-FPR, and pre-award for competitive. They are pre-negotiation and pre-contract award for sole source. Peer reviews are also advisory, and are made up of senior leaders across DoD. DPAP chairs the peer review. Peer Reviews are also required POST-AWARD for service contracts over $1 billion.