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.
Hot Topics 2.0
Army DACM Office introduces Hot Topics 2.0 By Tara Clements and Marti Giella FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Hot Topics is back, providing a monthly breakdown of current news, important dates and updates affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). Developed by the Office of the Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM), Hot Topics 2.0 is designed to provide the AAW an overview of what’s new related to acquisition careers, current training opportunities and changes, as well as a look at new opportunities on the horizon. “We understand how challenging it is to stay on track with all of the opening and closing dates for career opportunities—especially given our daily responsibilities,” said Diane Murtha, chief of the Army DACM Office Concept and Policy Development branch. “Our goal for this new version of Hot Topics is to provide a useful resource and reminder for our workforce, particularly their leaders and supervisors.” A new edition of Hot Topics will post the first week of each month to provide information on current issues affecting the workforce and break down the training and development opportunities that are opening and closing in the next 30 to 60 days. Here’s what’s hot for October: FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE Are you or someone you know new to the AAW? Recently, the Army DACM Office launched an onboarding webpage designed to provide a starting point for new Army acquisition professionals. The Senior Rater Potential Evaluation policy took effect October 1 and affects the entire AAW, starting with those at the GS-14 level. Read the policy, FAQs and other materials to learn more about the annual mandate that is now in place. Questions? Please submit them through the Workforce Management Inquiry system to receive a response within 24 hours. CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES Closing soon: The FY16 Army Acquisition Civilian Student Loan Repayment Program application window closes October 29. Eligible AAW professionals include those who are permanent or term (with at least three years left in a term position) and are certified or within the certification grace period for their career field. The FY17 Centralized Selection List Acquisition Key Billet Product/Project Manager and Acquisition Director Board application window for lieutenant colonels and GS-14 AAW professionals closes October 30. Colonels and GS-15 professionals have until November 14. The Training with Industry application window closes November 3. This opportunity is open to majors and lieutenant colonels. A separate announcement will open later this year for senior NCOs. Coming Soon: FY16 Product Director Centralized Selection Board opens October 26. The Acquisition Leader Challenge Program nomination window opens November 3, for second quarter classes. Learn more about the program and how to be nominated. DAU COURSE UPDATES DAU has issued updated certification requirements for program management, facilities engineering and science and technology. Visit the iCatalog for further details. HEADLINES–In case you missed it: Army AL&T magazine explores innovation New professional development guidelines out for contracting NCOs Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit The Army DACM Office — for everything acquisition career related. Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: September Army DACM Office Hot Topics December Army DACM Office Hot Topics January Army DACM Office Hot Topics November Army DACM Office Hot Topics
New professional development guidelines out for contracting NCOs
By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 23, 2015) – New professional development guidelines for noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who specialize in Army contracting are outlined in the revised version of the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Guide, released earlier this month. “This is the first major revision in the last couple of years and something everyone in our community should be aware of,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief proponent NCO for the Army contracting community, or Military Occupational Specialty 51C. More than 500 pages outline career development guidelines for all Army NCOs—from staff sergeants through master sergeants—in DA PAM 600-25, published Sept. 11. But for anyone in the Army acquisition, logistics and technology field, chapter 21 on page 292 is the place to look. The chapter outlines the career progression plan for contracting NCOs—everything from operational assignments, self-development plans, additional training, reading and educational resources and special assignments for 51C NCOs to consider and work toward. The self-development section encourages Army professionals to take charge of their careers—and the office responsible for providing acquisition career development tools and resources is working to make it easy access. “My goal is to create a pool of the right people with the right skills for the right jobs,” said Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director of acquisition career management (DACM), in a video addressing talent management in the Army acquisition community. “Successful talent management requires both leader and individual accountability,” he added. The Army DACM Office has developed webpages outlining education and training opportunities for military and civilian members of the Army Acquisition Workforce, as well as a dedicated site for 51C career management. Related posts: DACM Corner: In Search of Contingency Contracting Officers and NCOs Acquisition Education and Training Corner: May 2011 Update Army Reserve Launches Air Traffic Control Simulator System Careerist Awarded Certificate of Achievement
Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit
By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 14, 2015) – More than 30 Army acquisition career development leaders representing 24 agencies and all 14 acquisition career fields met Sept. 9 to discuss key issues affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) and share best practices. Attendees from across the 37,000-strong AAW represented the acquisition career fields, from contracting to small business to engineering, known as Army Acquisition Functional Advisors, or AAFAs; as well as key career advocates within major command and organizations, known as Acquisition Career Management Advocates, or ACMAs. “This community of practice is here today to help communicate with the workforce,” said Craig Spisak, director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and deputy director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM). This was the first event of its kind in years, primarily due to funding constraints. More than 30 Army acquisition career development leaders representing 24 agencies and all 14 acquisition career fields met at a summit hosted by the Army DACM office at Fort Belvoir earlier this week to discuss key issues affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce. Mr. Thomas Bagwell, ACMA at PEO Ground Combat Systems ACMA speaks with Diane Murtha, concept and policy development chief at the Army DACM Office. Photos by Tara Clements, USAASC public affairs specialist. “This was great—and there’s been a lot of great information,” said Traci Jones, deputy chief of staff and ACMA for the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. Others echoed this sentiment and discussed how valuable this opportunity was in bringing the two groups of leaders together with the Army DACM Office at one time and in one location to share career development perspectives as well as challenges. “The reality is for us to arm, feed, clothe, transport and protect Soldiers, and it takes talented people from many career fields to make that happen.” Topics covered at the day-long session included an overview of the Army DACM Office, roles and responsibilities of ACMAs and AAFAs, and Better Buying Power as well as several talent management initiatives including key leader positions, mentoring, the upcoming expanded use of the senior rater potential evaluation, workforce certification compliance, and the health of the ACFs within the AAW. Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, the Army DACM, stopped by for some one-on-one time with the group, emphasizing the importance of their roles, most of which are appointed by each organization or functional area and considered an additional responsibility. From the left: Mr. Larry Leiby, Test and Evaluation functional advisor; Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army DACM; Mr. Scott Davis, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support ACMA. “I appreciate the roles that you’ve taken on and the investment you’re making in the workforce. I know this is not the only thing you’re responsible for, but it’s very important,” he said. Williamson went on to note the importance of identifying and nurturing talent early on to grow the workforce—not next year, but in five to 10 years from now. “For me, it’s about capacity and capability … it’s not about things,” he added. “The reality is for us to arm, feed, clothe, transport and protect Soldiers, and it takes talented people from many career fields to make that happen.” Williamson closed his comments by highlighting the need to be more efficient among the community with respect to sharing information. “You and your workforce work hard and put in lots of hours, but I think we can be more efficient,” he said. Craig Spisak, USAASC director and deputy DACM, Kathleen Leonard, functional advisor, Diane Bullis, Program Executive Office Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives, and Marion Whicker, ACMA for U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command discuss workforce issues during a break. As the day progressed, one of the areas of discussion focused on the need for providing feedback to workforce members. Most of the career development opportunities require extensive application packets, but a lack of feedback on why an applicant wasn’t chosen for a particular opportunity often prevents workforce members from applying for other positions in the future. “There’s a great hesitancy across the DOD community to provide critical feedback to applicants, even at the supervisor level,” said Spisak, noting that where most applicants falter is not being able to articulate in writing the situations in which key skills and abilities were demonstrated in a position—doing more than simply citing a previously held position. A portion of the summit also focused on the Army DACM Office and its new organizational structure, which was rolled out this spring. Under the new structure, the Army DACM Office is task-organized in three divisions to better support the workforce: Human Capital Initiatives is DOD-focused; Proponency and Leader Development is Army-focused; and Workforce Support is focused on the individual workforce member. “Our aim is to support the workforce by being their one-stop shop for everything acquisition-career- related,” said Joan Sable, chief of the Human Capital Initiatives division. Army AL&T News is the premier online news source for the Army Acquisition Workforce. Click to Subscribe. Related posts: Acquisition Education and Training Corner: May 2011 Update Army Reserve Launches Air Traffic Control Simulator System Acquisition Education and Training Corner: August 2011 Careerist Awarded Certificate of Achievement