Download Instructions and Tips

Downloading the ARRT Suite tools is a multi-step process. This page contains helpful instructions and tips on how to perform this process. Begin by following the steps below:

  • Navigate to the ARRT Suite Registration page.
  • On the Registration page, fill out the requested information. The download link will be sent via email from SAM. Please enter a valid email address to ensure its delivery.
  • Once you receive the email, click on the link that is provided. It will open the ARRT Suite Download page.
    • Please note: some users have commented that their email server placed the email in their "Junk E-mail" folder. If you do not receive an email from SAM in a timely manner, please check your "Junk E-mail" folder.
  • The ARRT Suite Download page has five download options for you to choose from. Continue reading for a description of each of these options.




ARRT Suite


The ARRT Suite download consists of all four tools in the Suite:

  • ARRT Requirements Definition
  • ARRT Evaluation Factors
  • ARRT Performance Assessment
  • ARRT Cost Estimation




ARRT Requirements Definition


The ARRT Requirements Definition download consists of the compressed (zipped) folder containing the following files:

  • ARRT_RequirementsDefinition_#_#.accdc - a digitally signed and packaged Microsoft Access file that you will use to create your Requirements, Performance Work Statement (PWS), and Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP).
  • ARRT_RequirementsDefinition_#_#_WhatsNew.pdf - a document that briefly outlines the changes made to this version of the ARRT Requirements Definition.
  • ARRT_RequirementsDefinition_HelpGuide_#-#.pdf - a printable Help Guide for the tool.
  • 1st EXTRACT ZIP.txt - a text file with helpful download tips.




ARRT Evaluation Factors


The ARRT Evaluation Factors download consists of the compressed (zipped) folder containing the following files:

  • ARRT_EvaluationFactors _#_#.accdc - a digitally signed and packaged Microsoft Access file that you will use to create your Source Selection Plan.
  • ARRT_EvaluationFactors _#_#_WhatsNew.pdf - a document that briefly outlines the changes made to this version of the ARRT Evaluation Factors.
  • ARRT_EvaluationFactors _HelpGuide_#-#.pdf - a printable Help Guide for the tool.
  • 1st EXTRACT ZIP.txt - a text file with helpful download tips.




ARRT Performance Assessment


The ARRT Performance Assessment download consists of the compressed (zipped) folder containing the following files:

  • ARRT_PerformanceAssessment _#_#.accdc - a digitally signed and packaged Microsoft Access file that you will use to create your contractor assessment schedule and CPARS inputs.
  • ARRT_PerformanceAssessment_#_#_WhatsNew.pdf - a document that briefly outlines the changes made to this version of the ARRT Performance Assessment.
  • ARRT_PerformanceAssessment _HelpGuide_#-#.pdf - a printable Help Guide for the tool.
  • 1st EXTRACT ZIP.txt - a text file with helpful download tips.




ARRT Cost Estimation


The ARRT Cost Estimation download consists of the compressed (zipped) folder containing the following files:

  • ARRT_CostEstimation_#_#.accdc - a digitally signed and packaged Microsoft Access file that you will use to create your Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE).
  • ARRT_CostEstimation_#_#_WhatsNew.pdf - a document that briefly outlines the changes made to this version of the ARRT Cost Estimation.
  • ARRT_CostEstimation_HelpGuide_#-#.pdf - a printable Help Guide for the tool.
  • 1st EXTRACT ZIP.txt - a text file with helpful download tips.



Launching the ARRT Suite Tools


The ARRT Suite tools are Microsoft Access files. If you do not have Microsoft Access on your computer, please contact us so we can assist you in an alternative method of using the tools. As Access files, the tools are subject to the standard security constraints that Microsoft has put in place to protect users. The tools use on-screen forms and macros to perform their functionality. By default, most MS Access installations require you when opening this kind of file to acknowledge that you trust the file. This protects you from inadvertently allowing untrusted programs to perform advanced operations.

The files you download will be digitally signed by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and have a ".accdc" suffix. They are "shell" files that contain the file that you will actually work with.


Security Notice



When you launch an ARRT Suite tool you will see a Security Notice stating that the digital signature is valid. You can view the signature by clicking the "Show Signature Details" blue link. This is a general security protection that Microsoft builds into Access applications. Click "Open" to go to the next step.



Extract Database



After viewing the digital signature you will be asked to extract the ARRT Suite tool to your computer. This file will have an ".accdb" suffix and is the file you will use when working in the tool. It is suggested that you save this ".accdb" file in the an ARRT Suite folder in your "My Documents" folder or on your Desktop.



Security Warning- Microsoft 2007





Microsoft Access 2007 users need to perform the following steps to complete entrance into the tool:

  • In the "Security Warning" bar at the top of your screen, click the "Options" button.
  • A Security Alert dialog will open. Select the "Enable this content" radio button and then click "OK".



Security Warning- Microsoft 2010



Microsoft Access 2010 users only need to click the "Enable Content" button in the "Security Warning" bar at the top of your screen.



Stop All Macros



Some users may get an "Action Failed" dialog popup after launching the tool. To continue, click the "Stop All Macros" button. The next step will vary based on what version of Microsoft Access you are using.