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 Hot Topics
Hot Topics – November 3, 2015 By Marti Giella Hot Topics is a monthly breakdown of current news, important dates and updates affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) in the next 30 to 60 days. Look for a new edition the first Tuesday of every month from the Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM). Here’s what’s hot for November: FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE As a reminder, the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation policy took effect just over a month ago. This policy affects the entire Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), starting with those at the GS-14 level. Read the policy, FAQs and other materials to learn more about this annual mandate now in effect. CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES Closing soon: The FY17 Centralized Selection List Acquisition Key Billet Project Manager and Acquisition Director Board application window for colonels and GS-15 AAW professionals closes November 20. Open now: The Acquisition Leader Challenge Program nomination window opens on November 3 for second quarter classes. Learn more about the program and how to be nominated. FY16 Product Director Centralized Selection Board opened October 26 and closes December 17. The Training with Industry announcement for noncommissioned officers is open through Jan. 8, 2016. Coming Soon: The FY17 winter Military Acquisition Position List (MAPL) Review key dates: FY17 Command Input Window opens November 9 and closes December 11. FY17 Winter MAPL Review Board is January 25-29, 2016. The Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows Program announcement window opens December 2 and closes on Feb. 4, 2016. The Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship announcement window opens December 2 and closes March 9, 2016. DAU COURSE UPDATES Interested in learning more about cybersecurity? Register for the highly recommended distance-learning course CLE 074: Cybersecurity Throughout DOD Acquisition. The course provides a foundational understanding of basic principles of cybersecurity and cybersecurity risk management in the defense acquisition field. HEADLINES – In case you missed it: Army DACM Office launches Onboarding webpage Calendar Year 2015 annual ethics training requirement (see details in the October Army DACM Newsletter) 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: Hot Topics 2.0 September Army DACM Office Hot Topics October Army DACM Office Hot Topics December Army DACM Office Hot Topics
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: November Army DACM Hot Topics September Army DACM Office Hot Topics December Army DACM Office Hot Topics January 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