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.
Army acquisition officers: Get your advanced degree!
Marti Giella, Acquisition Training and Education ManagerAdvanced Civil Schooling (ACS) provides opportunities for officers to pursue advanced degree programs at civilian universities on a full-time, fully funded basis. The purpose of this program is to help our Acquisition Corps officers receive the best and most appropriate graduate degrees available in a timely and cost-effective manner. Whether you wish to attend Naval Postgraduate School, Penn State or even Yale, the Acquisition Management Branch (AMB) of the Army Human Resources Command will take your education preferences into consideration and work with you in getting a quality education. Are you technically inclined? We encourage Acquisition Corps officers to pursue an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Or if your background is more geared towards program management or contracting, we can help you get an advanced degree associated with these career fields too. Selection boards are conducted semi-annually, usually in June and November. Individuals apply and are selected for ACS approximately 6-12 months prior to their proposed start date. The application packet process is time-intensive, so it is critical to start early. Key dates for the FY15-02 Movement Cycle are as follows: Application deadline: Nov. 3 Selection board convening date: Nov. 4-6 Program start date: May 1–Sept. 30, 2015 Officers wishing to apply for ACS must ensure that a completed packet is provided to Ms. Michelle Houston no later than Nov. 3. She can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (502) 613-6198 / DSN 983-6198. Instructions for preparing packets and applying for ACS are listed on the AMB website. Interested in other acquisition, education and training opportunities? Visit our ‘DACM Hot Topics’ for current offerings, timelines and updates. Related Links DACM Hot Topics Army DACM Office – for anything acquisition career-related DACM NEWSletter Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: A program for our emerging leaders Acquisition Education and Training Corner Acquisition Education and Training Corner Acquisition Education and Training Corner
September Army DACM Office Hot Topics
Hot Topic #1: The Annual Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) In November 2004, the Army director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) spearheaded the implementation of the automated Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) for the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) at grades GS-13 and above, including broadband equivalents. The directive was suspended in January 2005, but the SRPE remained a requirement for civilian AAW members applying for Centrally Selected List positions, Senior Service College and the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows program. SRPE has been very successful in ensuring equitable competition for these programs, and has also provided senior leaders with a tool to assess and identify leadership potential among their workforce. Both successes indicate the need to expand the SRPE beyond its current use. Therefore, the Army DACM intends to reinstate and mandate the annual SRPE for all AAW members at grades GS-13 and above, including broadband equivalents. The target date for implementation is January 2015. Additional information and implementation guidance will be provided to the commands shortly. AAW members requiring assistance with the SRPE system may submit a CAPPMIS help request ticket or call commercial (575) 678-2247. For SRPE policy questions, contact Ms. Kelly Terry, Army DACM Talent Management Cell, at email@example.com. Hot Topic #2: Do you aspire to be one of the Army’s Senior Acquisition Leaders? If so, the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows (CDG/AAF) program is the program for you. CDG/AAF is a premier leadership development program initiated by the Army DACM and the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) to improve the quality of the Army’s GS-12/13s and broadband equivalents. The three-year program focuses primarily on developing our next project and product managers; however, it also lays out a path for those desiring other senior acquisition positions. CDG/AAF offers developmental assignments in program executive offices, the offices 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 and USAASC are pleased to release the 2014 announcement for the 2015 session of the CDG/AAF program. The announcement is open from Sept. 10 through Nov. 13. See the CDG/AAF program page for information on eligibility and upcoming announcements. Hot Topic #3: Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP) The DACM and USAASC are sponsoring a unique leadership training opportunity at no cost to your command. The Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP) uses self-awareness as the key to developing leadership and diversity and creating an innovative culture. Participants receive feedback on how they prefer to interact with co-workers and how others—peers, subordinates and supervisors—view them. The class addresses subconscious biases to help discover new approaches to completing tasks, and emphasizes the strength and power in accepting individual differences to produce a stronger ”whole.” ALCP training promotes communication through common language, and helps develop leaders who value individual styles and behaviors, and are more capable of critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, collaboration and creative innovation. There are three different levels of ALCP training for Army Acquisition Workforce members: ALCP-B for GS 7-11; ALCP-Level 1 for GS 12-13; and ALCP Level 2 for GS 14-15. Command or organization representatives nominate workforce members in a 1-N list, by command quota. The deadline for applying for the next session of ALCP is Sept. 15. The Army DACM program manager will coordinate directly with organization acquisition POCs (OAPs) and acquisition career management advocates (ACMAs) to fill quotas. Please contact your command or organization’s ACMA or OAP if you’re interested in attending. Please check the ALCP program page for additional information on this great training opportunity. ‘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: Army DACM Office Hot Topics – July Recent leadership program graduates prepare to mentor the next generation A program for our emerging leaders ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene
ASA(ALT) writing award named for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene
By Karen Kurtz WASHINGTON (Sept. 4, 2014) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, announced the establishment of the Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Award for Writing to be presented to the winners of the writing competition launched earlier this summer to help shape the public dialogue on Army acquisition issues. “Harry Greene was a Soldier, a leader, a mentor and a friend who inspired all of us to tackle complex problems on behalf of Soldiers,” Williamson said. “I can think of no better way to honor Harry’s 34 years of distinguished service than by naming this award after him.” Williamson further stated that, “the competition is designed to foster dialogue and discourse on the way forward for the acquisition community, to get people not only reflecting on lessons learned, but thinking about the future.” Greene, the Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, was killed by an Afghan Soldier Aug. 5, while making a visit to Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 14. The ASA(ALT) writing competition has four main categories for prospective authors: (1) lessons learned; (2) future operations; (3) acquisition reform/Better Buying Power; and (4) innovation. It is open to anyone. Submissions must be unclassified, between 750 and 1,500 words, not previously published and received by Sept. 15, 2014. Additional details are provided in the call for submissions and the guidelines supplement. Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: Recent leadership program graduates prepare to mentor the next generation TWI: It Just May Be Your Favorite Year September Army DACM Office Hot Topics GoArmyEd released; soon to be linked to legacy systems
Faces of the Force
Dana Osborne’s first day on the job was almost her last. But with a little determination and some help from a couple of managers, she turned a rocky start into a 22-year career, continuing a family legacy of service that goes back to the Korean War. Osborne began her government career in 1991, in the Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Project Office, which was then known as the Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project Office. “I was assigned to the Administrative Office with a detail to an Engineering Branch. My prior work experience was in retail, so I had no knowledge of…
Adam J. Bross
Graduating with a degree in finance from George Mason University, Bross launched his career at DISA in 2009 as an intern and found his way to the Army. He’s currently serving as a budget analyst at PEO EIS, and noted that he’s experiencing first-hand a significant “degree of responsibility” that far exceeds his peers.
Fast-forward three decades, and you’ll find Wong at the Systems Engineering and Technical Integration Division for the Project Manager, Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS), which equips mounted and dismounted Soldiers with all calibers of direct fire ammunition for the Army’s current, Stryker and future forces. He is assigned there by the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center’s (ARDEC’s) Systems Engineering Directorate, the science and technology development arm for armaments to the PM.
Lt. Col. Mark P. Henderson
Having served in the Army for 23 years, six of them as an enlisted Soldier, Lt. Col. Mark Henderson has enjoyed diverse and challenging assignments, but is always looking for ways to grow and improve—leading him to one of the most insightful and rewarding jobs of his career.
Lt. Col. James ‘Chris’ Mills
Spend the day in Lt. Col. Chris Mills’ shoes and you’ll get to experience the entire acquisition life cycle. As Product Manager for Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, he and his team are responsible for the Army’s scout helicopter and training helicopter fleets, managing the modifications, sustainment and support of more than 738 aircraft.
Lt. Col. Mark Talbot
Lt. Col. Mark Talbot joined the Army nearly 30 years ago “to be all I could be, as the slogan goes,” he said. In that time, he’s been many things including an instructor at Ranger School, the director of Acquisition Forward Operations in Baghdad, and the executive officer for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Systems Management at the Pentagon. “I’m a pretty curious person, and my service has definitely suited my personality,” he said.