The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is a one-stop shop for everything acquisition career-related. Your Army DACM Office is responsible for ensuring acquisition career development, talent management initiatives, and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification (training, education and experience) of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). The AAW consists of approximately 37,000 Army acquisition civilian and military leaders and professionals residing 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), the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) (USD AT&L), and the USD AT&L Human Capital Initiatives (HCI) Office to enable acquisition workforce initiatives and to serve as advocates for the AAW.
Latest issue of DACM Newsletter now available
By Sue Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Find the best resource for current career opportunities, upcoming program announcements and Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) in the July issue of the DACM Newsletter, now available on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center DACM Newsletter (USAASC) website. Among the news in this month’s issue is an update on the AAW’s progress toward the statutory mandate of earning 80 continuous learning points over a two-year period that ends in September. (Spoiler alert: Compliance is at an impressive 98 percent.) The July issue also spells out the latest on the Human Capital Strategic Plan and reviews the nuts and bolts of the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program—now in its 17th year. The newsletter also profiles recent graduations from the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship, a rigorous 10-month program that prepares senior-level civilians for key acquisition leadership roles. Lastly, be sure to review the program announcements, policy updates and upcoming boards detailed on Page 4. Written and designed to give readers the news they need in just a few quick clicks or left swipes, the newsletter also contains links to the USAASC’s social media platforms—one more way to access vital information for keeping your career development on track. Related posts: DACM Corner: In Search of Contingency Contracting Officers and NCOs Acquisition Education and Training Corner: May 2011 Update Acquisition Education and Training Corner: August 2011 Acquisition Education and Training Corner
July 2016 Hot Topics
FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE We are now in the last quarter of FY16, which means there are less than three months to the end of the two-year cycle in which Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals must finish the requirement to complete 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs). The deadline is Sept. 30. If you have questions about the requirement, please ask your supervisor or your organizational acquisition point of contact. The Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is responsible for communicating compliance to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)). Failure to complete CLPs during the two-year cycle can affect your ability to qualify for acquisition career development opportunities offered by the Army DACM Office. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and the Army DACM Office continue to develop and coordinate the AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). On July 28, our workshop with stakeholders and experts from across acquisition career fields and organizations will help us finalize the HCSP and its supporting action plan—our guide for a systematic and collaborative process for recruiting, developing and retaining a highly skilled, engaged AAW over the next five years. During our Aug. 2 offsite, USAASC and Army DACM Office stakeholders responsible for organizing and leading efforts to accomplish each HCSP objective and its aligned initiatives/actions will meet in preparation for kicking off implementation in FY17. A link to the USD(AT&L) Acquisition Workforce Qualification Initiative (AWQI) has been added to our civilian Acquisition Career Field (ACF) models. AWQI is a tool that identifies ACF competencies to assist AAW supervisors and employees in discussions about the path ahead in their acquisition career development. The AWQI also can assist in identifying specific goals and objectives on your individual development plan. The Army DACM Office is determining the best application of this tool on our military acquisition career development models. The Army Acquisition Workforce Advisory Board (AWAB) was an initiative created for AAW professionals by the Army DACM, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, to facilitate candid discussions and honest feedback on acquisition-specific career development challenges. The AWAB initially examined three main issues facing the acquisition workforce: recruitment, training and retention. This past month, the AWAB discussed the opportunities and challenges of rotational assignments. It is preparing proposals for making rotational assignments more effective and efficient, and will hold a telecom on July 7 to decide on the best course of action to be presented to the Army DACM. For more information or if you have any questions about the AWAB, please contact Ms. Stephanie Watson at email@example.com. The July DACM Newsletter will be published on the USAASC Army DACM Office website on July 13. Included in this issue are articles on the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program and the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) program, as well as information about the Army DACM Office policy webpage. CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES Open now: Looking for a tuition assistance program? The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program application is open until July 21. The announcement for the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program is open and will close on Sept. 28. Coming soon: The application window opens in August for Army Acquisition Centralized Selection List positions for both lieutenant colonel/GS-14 and colonel/GS-15. Visit the program page for more information. DAU COURSE UPDATES The Defense Acquisition University is piloting courses in the newest acquisition workforce career field, Small Business. The course pilots for SBP 201, SBP 202, SBP 210, SBP 220 and SBP 301 are held from June to October, are open to all AAW members and are not limited to small business or contracting professionals. If you are interested in an available pilot, please contact your DACM small business proponent. HEADLINES: In case you missed it New Army AL&T magazine explores partnership of Army, industry Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program announcement opens today USAASC announces Senior Service College Fellowship selectees Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Al Niles Related posts: Defense Acquisition University (DAU) FY15 training schedule now open Hot Topics 2.0 February 2016 Hot Topics April 2016 Hot Topics
Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program announcement opens today
By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 28, 2016) – Applications for the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) program, a three-year developmental program offering expanded training through a series of education, leader development and broadening assignments for members of the Army acquisition workforce (AAW), are now being accepted through September 28. AAW professionals at GS-12/13 (or bandwidth equivalent) who apply must compete for a slot in the program and be selected by a board of senior acquisition professionals. The results of the board are scheduled to be announced late December. And while this program does not guarantee a promotion, it does strengthen desired skills, providing a competitive edge for those who compete for senior acquisition leader positions. Since the first class in 1997, 225 AAW professionals have participated in the program, of which, three have been selected for the Senior Executive Service, 98 have been promoted to GS-15 and 51 have been promoted to GS-14— roughly a 68 percent promotion rate. In addition, 14 fellows have been selected as program managers, with two currently serving in those positions. These positions are centrally-selected, or selected by a board of acquisition professionals to ensure that the best qualified officers and civilans are chosen to serve in key acquisition roles, including directors and product or project managers. This very competitive process results in a selection rate just under 10 percent. CDG/AAF Fellow Lauren Johnsky started her rotations in 2014, and has held several positions, including acquisition management specialist, contracting specialist and technical planner. “The ability to rotate through positions with the CDG/AAF program has given me the chance to fill in gaps in my resume while preparing for positions of increasing leadership through amazing training opportunities,” she said. Those selected for CDG/AAF have their choice of two distinct tracks: program management or acquisition leader. Participants who pursued the acquisition leader track came from the fields of systems engineering, contracting and logistics. The acquisition leader track offers largely broadening assignments within their acquisition career fields (ACF) and opportunities to gain experience in other ACFs. The program management track offers an opportunity for developmental assignments as well as posts as an assistant product manager, Department of the Army systems coordinator and other developmental program management positions. “I now have a strategic perspective of not only the Army, but the Department of Defense as a whole, that I did not even have a hint of prior to the program,” said Stephen Roberts, a 2015 CDG/AAF graduate. Roberts recently took over as the new product director for Field Artillery Launchers in Redstone, Alabama. The program incorporates developmental aquisition assignments in program executive offices, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, the U.S. Army Materiel Command Headquarters and other functional organizations. Additional program information can be found on the CDG/AAF page. Related posts: Acquisition Career Counselors Kept Busy at AUSA Annual Meeting MICC Program Offers Acquisition Career Road Map Acquisition Education and Training Corner In Hard Truth, New Opportunity