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.
USAASC announces Senior Service College Fellowship selectees
By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Twenty-four civilian acquisition professionals were named as the next Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) class for 2016-2017 as a result of a review board concluding last month. The board is convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the Office of the Director, Acquisition Career Management, or Army DACM Office. The purpose of the board is to ensure the best qualified civilian applicants from across the defense acquisition workforce are selected for the 10-month education and leader development program. “The board was very competitive—and that’s a good thing! We’re looking for the best talent in our community to grow and develop our next leaders and this program is one of our signature leader development opportunities,” said Kristine Faria, an acquisition education and training manager who oversees the program. Some of the commonalities between those who were selected included strong senior rater potential evaluations, or SRPEs; a strong post-utilization statement, and a strong statement of interest from the applicant, according to Faria. “This year’s applicant pool was particularly robust, with many strong applicants and a 25% increase in the number of applications over the previous year, said Faria. For the last three years, the number of selected applicants has hovered around 25, with anywhere from 5 to 10 Fellows at each of the three DAU-SSCF locations. The fellowship is conducted by DAU at Huntsville, Alabama; Warren, Michigan and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, with the purpose of preparing civilians for senior positions including product and project managers, program executive officer (PEO) and other key acquisition leader positions. Along with executive leader courses, the fellowship comes with credit for the DAU program manager course (PMT 401) and the option to obtain a Master’s degree. In addition, those enrolled after 2012 also receive Military Education Level 1 (MEL-1) credit, making SSCF the first approved civilian-only Army senior service college. The fellowship marked its 10th anniversary this year graduating more than 200 AAW professionals since its creation in 2006. For eligibility, application requirements and more, go to the DAU-SSCF page. USAASC congratulates the following acquisition professionals for their selection: Lareina Adams, PEO Enterprise Information Systems Paul Coles II, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support Stephen Conley, Army Test and Evaluation Command Nathaniel Curry, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Michael Danhires, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors Brian Debiase, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Michael Fraley, U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command John Gates, U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command Shawn Gresham, PEO Simulation, Training & Instrumentation Jerry Harper, PEO Command Control Communications-Tactical Daniel Hernandez, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Cheryl Hickman, Army Contracting Command Angela Jones, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Scott Kelley, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Manfred Little II, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Kathleen Lytle, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support Philip Minor, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Graciano Nikolich, PEO Command Control Communications-Tactical Noel Paschal, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Ruby Price, Headquarters, Army Materiel Command Jonathan Reiner, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors James Shillingford, Defense Logistics Agency Jennifer Stephenson, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Chad Stocker, PEO Ground Combat Systems Related posts: USAASC to Provide Acquisition Career Counseling at AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition Acquisition Education and Training Corner: October 2011 January Army DACM Office Hot Topics USAASC announces MOS 51C June reclassification board results
DAU Senior Service College Fellowship marks 10th anniversary
By Kristine Faria Defense Acquisition University’s Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) Program achieved a significant milestone last month as the 10th class of senior civilian acquisition professionals graduated from the highly competitive leadership and education course. In its 10 years, DAU-SSCF has educated more than 215 students in a 10-month program of study that prepares senior level civilians for key leadership roles and important acquisition leadership positions, including product and project managers and program executive officers. The DAU-SSCF class from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland was among three classes to graduate marking the 10th anniversary of the fellowship. Photo provided courtesy of DAU. DAU-SSCF traces its origins to May 15, 2006, when Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Yakovac Jr., then the Director, Army Acquisition Career Management, announced a pilot program for mid-senior-level DA civilians in the Huntsville, Alabama, area. After successful completion of the pilot, the program then expanded to Warren, Michigan, in 2007 and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in 2009. These locations are home to large numbers of SSCF-eligible acquisition workforce professionals, so locating campuses at these sites enables DAU to provide the program to its main population hubs. The program’s high quality was recognized in March 2013 when Army G-3 granted it Military Education Level 1 (MEL-1). DAU-SSCF is the only fellowship of its kind with the MEL-1 designation and the first civilian-only senior service college program to receive military accreditation. According to Mark Lumb, executive director of DAU-SSCF, the program’s foundation is the Army’s “Be-Know-Do” leadership model. “SSCF first helps fellows become more self-aware by understanding themselves better within the ‘Be’ portion of the model,” he said. Seven fellows made up the DAU-SSCF class at Warren, Michigan. Between 2006 and 2009, the program expanded to three locations to increase accessibility for the workforce. Photo provided courtesy of DAU. During this initial phase, participants develop their understanding of leadership tenets and skills and gain personal insights via assessments and inventories. Later, in the “Know” phase, fellows develop a critical thinking paradigm through participation in an intense 10-week, case-study-based course. Finally, as they move into the “Do” portion of the program, fellows participate in on-camera interviews, leadership simulations, research projects and site visits that put their newfound skills to work. “The goal,” said Lumb, “is to produce leaders who have strong critical thinking skills and who can thrive in leading [in] environments of uncertainty and chaos.” Other key components of the fellowship include studies in executive leadership and national security, a senior leadership speakers program, studies in resource requirements and acquisition integration, and mentoring with government and industry senior leaders. In addition, fellows may pursue a master’s degree in management and leadership. Army Acquisition Workforce members make up the majority of DAU-SSCF participants, but acquisition workforce members from other services as well as DOD agencies are welcome to apply as long as they meet eligibility requirements. For more information about DAU-SSCF, please visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/ Graduates, faculty and guests from the DAU-SSCF class in Huntsville, Alabama celebrated the fellows’ accomplishments at a recent graduation ceremony. Photo provided courtesy of DAU. Related posts: Acquisition Education and Training Corner Education key for contracting certification GOOD FELLOWS USAASC announces April MOS 51C reclassification board results
June 2016 Hot Topics
FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center continue to develop and coordinate an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). On May 9, during the State of the Army Acquisition Workforce GO/SES Forum, Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson discussed how the HCSP effort helps us prepare and sustain our acquisition professionals for job and mission success. A conference planned for July 28, 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. In accordance with Army DACM Memorandum, Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) Policy – Expansion of Acquisition Workforce Employees, dated July 10, 2015, all current and civilian AAW members at GS-12 and higher as well as broadband equivalents will be required to receive an SRPE annually. This mandate is being phased in according to the following schedule: October 2015—Phase 1: GS-14s (and broadband equivalents) October 2016—Phase 2: Phase 1 plus GS-13s (and broadband equivalents) October 2017—Phase 3: Phase 2 plus GS-12s (and broadband equivalents) October 2018 —Phase 4: Phase 3 plus GS-15s (and broadband equivalents) Please note that this mandate also applies to all bargaining unit employees in the North Central, South Central, South West (except Fort Carson) and West (except Walla Walla) Regions. Local bargaining unit obligations remain in the Northeast Region, as well as in the Fort Carson Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) and the Walla Walla CPAC. CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES Open now: Looking for a way to defray the costs of continuing your education? The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) application opens June 13. Coming soon: The announcement for the rebranded Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program will open June 28 and close Sept. 28. Please check the webpage in the next few weeks for updated details. DAU COURSE UPDATES The FY17 DAU course schedule is now available for student registration in ATRRS AITAS. Below are changes to existing and new courses available in FY17. Click on the course name to view details of each course and valid predecessor courses. BCF 131 (formerly BCF 107)—Applied Cost Analysis EVM 202 (formerly EVM 201)—Intermediate Earned Value Management SBP 101 (predecessors: CON 260A and CON 260B)—Introduction to Small Business Programs, Part A SBP 102 (new, no predecessor course)—Introduction to Small Business Programs, Part B SBP 202 (new, no predecessor course)—Intermediate Small Business Programs, Part B SBP 210 (new, no predecessor course)—Subcontracting SBP 301 (new, no predecessor course)—Small Business for Decision Makers BCF 250 (new course; no webpage available at this time)—Applied Software Cost Estimating. Required for Level II business – cost estimating certification in FY18. DAU will conduct a student pilot and offer courses later in FY17. Related posts: Army DACM Office Hot Topics – July August Army DACM Office Hot Topics November Army DACM Office Hot Topics February Army DACM Office Hot Topics