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.
October Army DACM Office Hot Topics
Hot Topic #1: FY 15/16 Announcement – The Army Acquisition Pilot Product Director Board closes Nov. 14 The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) are pleased to announce the initial FY15/16 Pilot Product Director (PD) Selection Board. This is a pilot opportunity to compete for centrally selected PD positions within one of the Army’s program executive offices (PEOs). USAASC direct reporting unit Army Acquisition Workforce members and GS-14 or broadband equivalents are eligible to apply. A PD is defined as a leader for an Army acquisition system or program management office that has been designated by the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army acquisition executive (AE). This position is based upon the management level of intensity (i.e., acquisition category, funding profile, complexity, responsibility, span of control and life cycle phase of the program) that the Army assigns to a particular weapon system or information system. Generally, the position will be in an acquisition program of record that has yet to transition to sustainment and still has cost, schedule and performance responsibilities. All PD positions will be filled through this annual centralized selection board process. The PD selection board will be conducted in the same manner as the Program Management Centralized Selection List board and will use the same procedures and board members. The results of the selection board will be forwarded to the DACM for ranking by a board of directors consisting of the DACM, the deputy DACM, PEOs and deputy PEOs. For additional information, visit the full PD announcement. Hot Topic #2: DACM Workforce Minute Videos Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, the principal military deputy to the Army AE and the Army’s director, acquisition career management The DACM is dedicated to keeping the Army Acquisition Workforce apprised of all efforts pertaining to professional development and the Army acquisition mission. To this end, Williamson will begin releasing a series of DACM Workforce Minute videos to communicate emerging efforts and information critical to the success of the acquisition workforce and all Army acquisition programs. The first in the series will be dedicated to entering the workforce, including workforce demographics, the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and career management. The second video will focus on Williamson’s talent management concept, and will address efforts related to the Army Acquisition Corps’ efforts to identify, develop and sustain workforce talent. Look for an email about the video in your inbox soon. For a repository of workforce videos, go to USAASC Website. Hot Topic #3: Do you aspire to be one of the Army’s senior acquisition leaders? If so, then perhaps the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows (CDG/AAF) program is for you. CDG/AAF is a premier leadership developmental program initiated by the Army DACM and USAASC for GS-12/13s and broadband equivalents. The three-year program focuses primarily on developing our next project and product managers, but we also have a path for those desiring other senior acquisition positions. CDG/AAF offers developmental assignments in program executive offices, the office 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 Office and USAASC are pleased to release the 2014 announcement for year group 2015 of the CDG/AAF program. The application period is now open and ends Nov. 13. For information on eligibility and future announcements, see the CDG/AAF program page. Hot Topic #4: FY 2015 Certification changes FY 2015 certification changes — effective Oct. 1— are outlined in the table below. Please access the Certification and Core Plus Development Guides to view the most current career field certification standards for your current acquisition position. Career Field Level Added Deleted Contracting (C) 3 CON 252 (R) – Fundamentals of Cost Accounting Standards Note: CON 250 (without CON 251) can be used to satisfy the elective requirement through FY15. None Engineering (S) 3 ENG 301 (R) – Technical Leadership in Systems Engineering SYS 302 – Technical Leadership in Systems Engineering Life Cycle Logistics (L) 2 LOG 215 (DL) – Technical Data Management None Program Management (A) 1 Experience: One year of acquisition experience with cost, schedule and performance responsibilities. One year of acquisition experience Program Management (A) 2 EVM 101 (R) – Fundamentals of Earned Value Management Two years in program management with cost, schedule and performance responsibilities. Two years of acquisition experience; at least one year of this experience must be in program management. Program Management (A) 3 Experience: Four years in program management with cost, schedule and performance responsibilities At least two years in a program office or similar organization (dedicated matrix support to a PM, PEO, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) program integrator or supervisor of shipbuilding). These two years may run concurrent with the preceding four-year requirement. OR Level III DAWIA certification in a another acquisition functional area. - Two years in program management with cost, schedule and performance responsibilities. - Two years in a program office or similar organization (dedicated matrix support to a PM, PEO, DCMA program integrator or supervisor of shipbuilding). These two years may run concurrent with the preceding Level III or two-year requirements. EVM 101 -Fundamentals of Earned Value Management Four years of acquisition experience with at least: Two years in a program office/similar organization (dedicated matrix support to a PM, PEO, DCMA program integrator or supervisor of ship-building). One year in a program management position with cost, schedule and performance responsibilities. Purchasing (E) 1 CLC 025 – Small Business Program for Contracting Officers None Science & Technology Manager (I) 3 CLE 069 (DL) – Technology Transfer None Test & Evaluation (T) 1 CLE 074 (DL) – Cybersecurity CLE 025 (DL) – Information Assurance Hot Topic #5: FY 2015 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course changes There are several changes and new DAU courses in FY15, some of which are summarized in the chart below. For more information on target audiences and course objectives, please visit the DAU interactive catalog. New Course Replaced Notes ACQ 120 (DL) – Fundamentals of International Acquisition (FIAC) and ACQ 130 (DL) – Fundamentals of Technology Security/Transfer (FTS/T) PMT 202 (R) – Multinational Program Management and PMT 203 (R) – International Security and Technology Transfer/Control PMT 202 and PMT 203 were retired and replaced by ACQ 120 and ACQ 130, respectively. Come off PM, level 2 and 3 guides and add to PM level 1 core plus. ACQ 202 (DL) – Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part A ACQ 201A (DL) – Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part A Name changed to remove Part A in the former course and reflect updated course content. ACQ 201A is a valid predecessor until Oct. 1, 2016. ACQ 203 (R) – Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part B ACQ 201B (R) – Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part B Name changed to remove Part B in the former course and reflect updated course content. ACQ 201B is a valid predecessor until Oct. 1, 2016. ACQ 230 (R) – International Acquisition Integration None New PM Level 2 unique position training standard, required for personnel designated on the International Acquisition Career Path. Defense acquisition personnel involved in international acquisition activities should attend. ENG 102 (DL) – Fundamentals of Systems Engineering SYS 101 (DL) – Fundamentals of Systems Engineering ENG 102 deploys second quarter of FY15. SYS 202 will continue to be offered in the second quarter. ENG 204 (DL) – Intermediate Systems Engineering Part I SYS 202 (DL) – Intermediate Systems Engineering Part I ENG 204 deploys second quarter of FY15. SYS 202 will continue to be offered in the second quarter. ENG 205 (R) – Intermediate Systems Engineering Part II SYS 203 (R) – Intermediate Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering, Part II ENG 205 deploys second quarter of FY15. SYS 203 will continue to be offered in the second quarter. ENG 301 (R) – Leadership in the Engineering of Defense Systems SYS 302 (R) – Technical Leadership in Systems Engineering ENG 301 deploys second quarter of FY15. SYS 302 will continue to be offered in the second quarter. LOG 365 (R) – Executive Product Support Manager’s Course None New mandatory course for product support managers for ACAT I/II. See Life Cycle Logistics, Functional Leader memo dated Feb. 27, 2014. PQM 203 (F/O) – Preparation of Commercial Item Description for Engineering and Technical Personnel None Designed for personnel involved in generating product descriptions for commercial items. ‘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 September Army DACM Office Hot Topics NEWS YOU CAN USE ‘Mastering’ advanced education opportunities
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 October Army DACM Office Hot Topics Recent leadership program graduates prepare to mentor the next generation A program for our emerging leaders
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