The Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) is responsible for ensuring the career development and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification (training, education and experience) of the Army Acquisition Workforce, which consists of approximately 40,000 acquisition civilian and military members. This workforce resides in Army staff offices, Army commands, Army service component commands, program executive offices, and direct reporting units.
The Army DACM Office works directly with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition), and the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) to enable workforce initiatives and to serve as advocates for the Army Acquisition Workforce.
November Army DACM Office Hot Topics
Hot Topic #1: 2015 University of Tennessee (UT) Aerospace and Defense MBA (ADMBA) Program The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is pleased to announce the 2015 University of Tennessee (UT) Aerospace and Defense MBA (ADMBA) Program. This program offers an opportunity for eligible Army Acquisition Workforce members to complete coursework toward a master’s degree during duty time. The program covers tuition costs including book fees and travel expenses. The application window closes Dec. 1, 2014. Eligible applicants include GS 14-15 civilians (or broadband equivalent) and O5-O6 military. High-performing GS-13s and O4s may be considered by exception. NOTE: Acquisition workforce members who already have a masters degree in a business or acquisition related field, will not be considered. Applicants must also have met certification requirements. Unlike other programs, ADMBA provides sponsoring organizations an opportunity to send their own star employees to study and learn alongside rising stars from customer and supplier organizations. The ADMBA program is a unique setting, fostering an unrivalled growth and networking opportunity. We cannot overemphasize the value of this student-to-student learning and strategic relationship development. UT’s ADMBA is tailored to serve the professional development needs of rising leaders in the defense acquisition community. The program’s unique design allows participants to complete the degree in one year while continuing to serve in their current assignment. Many of the readings and lessons come straight out of the defense industry. This program teaches business skills that ADMBA students will use to improve Army business practices and Soldier support in their current positions and in all assignments that will follow. In this way, the ADMBA delivers strong dividends for the Army, the student, and the supporting unit. A centralized selection board will select candidates from the applicants for the ADMBA. It will then forward the results of the selection board Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army DACM, for final selection in mid-December. All nominations must be submitted by the applicant’s organization. For additional information on how to apply, please contact your organizational acquisition points of contact or Acquisition Career Management Advocate. Hot Topic #2: Army DACM on Talent Management Lt. Gen. Williamson discusses his approach to talent management in his first Workforce Minute video, a series of short, informative videos produced periodically by USAASC to provide relevant, career-related news for the Army Acquisition Workforce. His approach includes “several initiatives to help our leaders identify and develop talent” within the Army acquisition workforce. Learn more and watch the video. ‘Army DACM Office Hot Topics’ is brought to you by the USAASC Acquisition, Education and Training Branch to help Army acquisition professionals stay on top of career information with timely updates including training opportunities, current program offerings and what’s on the horizon. Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: October Army DACM Office Hot Topics Army DACM Office Hot Topics – July September Army DACM Office Hot Topics Time for Talent
Time for Talent
By Tara Clements and Steve Stark The Army DACM Discusses Talent Management FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 3, 2014) – Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director, acquisition career management (DACM), discusses his approach to talent management in the latest Workforce Minute video from the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). His approach includes “several initiatives to help our leaders identify and develop talent” within the Army acquisition workforce. Williamson established a talent management team within the Army DACM Office at USAASC earlier this year, which he charged with instituting enterprisewide acquisition talent management for the civilian and military workforce. “Talent management is focused on creating a pool of the right people, with the right skills for the right jobs,” said Diane Murtha, from the talent management team. “As proponency experts, our job is figuring out how we identify these individuals early on and how to develop them from their current position to serve as future leaders.” In the video, Williamson cites several ongoing initiatives, including creating new civilian career models, expanding mentoring and evaluation processes, developing materials designed for new workforce members, broadening rotational and developmental assignments, and more. In closing, Williamson stresses the importance of leaders and individuals when it comes to talent management. “Successful talent management requires both leader and individual accountability, and the sustainment of our Army Acquisition Corps depends upon the investment we make in our professionals today,” said Williamson. View the video here. Workforce Minute is a series of short, informative videos produced periodically by USAASC to provide relevant, career-related news for the Army Acquisition Workforce. Look for more career-related news at http://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-office. Related Links: FY 2015-2016 Product Director Centralized Selection Board Application Window closes Nov. 14 Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene November Army DACM Office Hot Topics Recent leadership program graduates prepare to mentor the next generation Presidential recognition for 25 years of Army acquisition excellence
October Army DACM Office Hot Topics
Hot Topic #1: FY 15/16 Announcement – The Army Acquisition Pilot Product Director Board closes Nov. 14 The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) are pleased to announce the initial FY15/16 Pilot Product Director (PD) Selection Board. This is a pilot opportunity to compete for centrally selected PD positions within one of the Army’s program executive offices (PEOs). USAASC direct reporting unit Army Acquisition Workforce members and GS-14 or broadband equivalents are eligible to apply. A PD is defined as a leader for an Army acquisition system or program management office that has been designated by the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army acquisition executive (AE). This position is based upon the management level of intensity (i.e., acquisition category, funding profile, complexity, responsibility, span of control and life cycle phase of the program) that the Army assigns to a particular weapon system or information system. Generally, the position will be in an acquisition program of record that has yet to transition to sustainment and still has cost, schedule and performance responsibilities. All PD positions will be filled through this annual centralized selection board process. The PD selection board will be conducted in the same manner as the Program Management Centralized Selection List board and will use the same procedures and board members. The results of the selection board will be forwarded to the DACM for ranking by a board of directors consisting of the DACM, the deputy DACM, PEOs and deputy PEOs. For additional information, visit the full PD announcement. Hot Topic #2: DACM Workforce Minute Videos Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, the principal military deputy to the Army AE and the Army’s director, acquisition career management The DACM is dedicated to keeping the Army Acquisition Workforce apprised of all efforts pertaining to professional development and the Army acquisition mission. To this end, Williamson will begin releasing a series of DACM Workforce Minute videos to communicate emerging efforts and information critical to the success of the acquisition workforce and all Army acquisition programs. The first in the series will be dedicated to entering the workforce, including workforce demographics, the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and career management. The second video will focus on Williamson’s talent management concept, and will address efforts related to the Army Acquisition Corps’ efforts to identify, develop and sustain workforce talent. Look for an email about the video in your inbox soon. For a repository of workforce videos, go to USAASC Website. Hot Topic #3: Do you aspire to be one of the Army’s senior acquisition leaders? If so, then perhaps the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows (CDG/AAF) program is for you. CDG/AAF is a premier leadership developmental program initiated by the Army DACM and USAASC for GS-12/13s and broadband equivalents. The three-year program focuses primarily on developing our next project and product managers, but we also have a path for those desiring other senior acquisition positions. CDG/AAF offers developmental assignments in program executive offices, the office of the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, U.S. Army Materiel Command headquarters and functional organizations. It also offers expanded training, leadership, experiential and other career development opportunities. The Army DACM Office and USAASC are pleased to release the 2014 announcement for year group 2015 of the CDG/AAF program. The application period is now open and ends Nov. 13. For information on eligibility and future announcements, see the CDG/AAF program page. Hot Topic #4: FY 2015 Certification changes FY 2015 certification changes — effective Oct. 1— are outlined in the table below. Please access the Certification and Core Plus Development Guides to view the most current career field certification standards for your current acquisition position. Career Field Level Added Deleted Contracting (C) 3 CON 252 (R) – Fundamentals of Cost Accounting Standards Note: CON 250 (without CON 251) can be used to satisfy the elective requirement through FY15. None Engineering (S) 3 ENG 301 (R) – Technical Leadership in Systems Engineering SYS 302 – Technical Leadership in Systems Engineering Life Cycle Logistics (L) 2 LOG 215 (DL) – Technical Data Management None Program Management (A) 1 Experience: One year of acquisition experience with cost, schedule and performance responsibilities. One year of acquisition experience Program Management (A) 2 EVM 101 (R) – Fundamentals of Earned Value Management Two years in program management with cost, schedule and performance responsibilities. Two years of acquisition experience; at least one year of this experience must be in program management. Program Management (A) 3 Experience: Four years in program management with cost, schedule and performance responsibilities At least two years in a program office or similar organization (dedicated matrix support to a PM, PEO, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) program integrator or supervisor of shipbuilding). These two years may run concurrent with the preceding four-year requirement. OR Level III DAWIA certification in a another acquisition functional area. - Two years in program management with cost, schedule and performance responsibilities. - Two years in a program office or similar organization (dedicated matrix support to a PM, PEO, DCMA program integrator or supervisor of shipbuilding). These two years may run concurrent with the preceding Level III or two-year requirements. EVM 101 -Fundamentals of Earned Value Management Four years of acquisition experience with at least: Two years in a program office/similar organization (dedicated matrix support to a PM, PEO, DCMA program integrator or supervisor of ship-building). One year in a program management position with cost, schedule and performance responsibilities. Purchasing (E) 1 CLC 025 – Small Business Program for Contracting Officers None Science & Technology Manager (I) 3 CLE 069 (DL) – Technology Transfer None Test & Evaluation (T) 1 CLE 074 (DL) – Cybersecurity CLE 025 (DL) – Information Assurance Hot Topic #5: FY 2015 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course changes There are several changes and new DAU courses in FY15, some of which are summarized in the chart below. For more information on target audiences and course objectives, please visit the DAU interactive catalog. New Course Replaced Notes ACQ 120 (DL) – Fundamentals of International Acquisition (FIAC) and ACQ 130 (DL) – Fundamentals of Technology Security/Transfer (FTS/T) PMT 202 (R) – Multinational Program Management and PMT 203 (R) – International Security and Technology Transfer/Control PMT 202 and PMT 203 were retired and replaced by ACQ 120 and ACQ 130, respectively. Come off PM, level 2 and 3 guides and add to PM level 1 core plus. ACQ 202 (DL) – Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part A ACQ 201A (DL) – Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part A Name changed to remove Part A in the former course and reflect updated course content. ACQ 201A is a valid predecessor until Oct. 1, 2016. ACQ 203 (R) – Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part B ACQ 201B (R) – Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part B Name changed to remove Part B in the former course and reflect updated course content. ACQ 201B is a valid predecessor until Oct. 1, 2016. ACQ 230 (R) – International Acquisition Integration None New PM Level 2 unique position training standard, required for personnel designated on the International Acquisition Career Path. Defense acquisition personnel involved in international acquisition activities should attend. ENG 102 (DL) – Fundamentals of Systems Engineering SYS 101 (DL) – Fundamentals of Systems Engineering ENG 102 deploys second quarter of FY15. SYS 202 will continue to be offered in the second quarter. ENG 204 (DL) – Intermediate Systems Engineering Part I SYS 202 (DL) – Intermediate Systems Engineering Part I ENG 204 deploys second quarter of FY15. SYS 202 will continue to be offered in the second quarter. ENG 205 (R) – Intermediate Systems Engineering Part II SYS 203 (R) – Intermediate Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering, Part II ENG 205 deploys second quarter of FY15. SYS 203 will continue to be offered in the second quarter. ENG 301 (R) – Leadership in the Engineering of Defense Systems SYS 302 (R) – Technical Leadership in Systems Engineering ENG 301 deploys second quarter of FY15. SYS 302 will continue to be offered in the second quarter. LOG 365 (R) – Executive Product Support Manager’s Course None New mandatory course for product support managers for ACAT I/II. See Life Cycle Logistics, Functional Leader memo dated Feb. 27, 2014. PQM 203 (F/O) – Preparation of Commercial Item Description for Engineering and Technical Personnel None Designed for personnel involved in generating product descriptions for commercial items. ‘Army DACM Office Hot Topics’ is brought to you by the USAASC Acquisition, Education and Training Branch to help Army acquisition professionals stay on top of career information with timely updates including training opportunities, current program offerings and what’s on the horizon. Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: November Army DACM Office Hot Topics Army DACM Office Hot Topics – July September Army DACM Office Hot Topics Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 training schedule now open
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