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.
August 2016 Hot Topics
FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE There are less than two months left for Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals to complete the requirement for 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) in a two-year cycle. The deadline is Sept. 30. If you have any questions, please ask your supervisor or your organizational acquisition point of contact (OAP). The Army DACM Office is responsible for tracking and reporting compliance to the Office of 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 Army DACM Office acquisition career development opportunities. AAW ANNUAL ETHICS TRAINING While we’re on the topic of mandatory certifications, did you know that every AAW member must complete and track ethics training every year? This annual requirement is mandated for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. In a July 23, 2014, memo, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army DACM, indicated that he expects 100 percent compliance. There are a few ways to complete this training: 1. Take one of the two online courses available through the iCatalog. The available courses are CLM 003 (Overview of Acquisition Ethics) and HBS 415 (Ethics at Work). NOTE: You can get credit for CLM 003 only once in a two-year CLP cycle, which runs from Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2016. 2. Take the course in person when your command or garrison offers it. Contact your training coordinator or your ethics officer if you are unsure when your local training will be offered. Once your annual ethics training is complete, you must properly list the course as completed on your individual development plan (IDP) within CAPPMIS and obtain supervisor concurrence. NOTE: AAW members who use the Training, Education & Development System (TEDS) must follow the ethics training implementation guidelines (Last page on the above-referenced DACM memo) to determine how to list your training properly to ensure that it flows into the CAPPMIS IDP. The Army DACM Office is responsible for reporting compliance to the USD(AT&L). Command representatives (acquisition career management advocates and OAPs) are responsible for ensuring command and program executive office compliance. As an acquisition professional, you are responsible for meeting this requirement. The July DACM Newsletter was posted on the Army DACM Office website on July 13. Included in this issue are articles on the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) program and the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College program, as well as information about the Army DACM Office policy webpage. CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES Open now: The announcement for the CDG/AAF program is currently open and will close on Sept. 28. The First Quarter (FY17) Announcement for the Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program is open Aug. 1-31. This is an excellent leadership development seminar series offers three different courses for AAW members at GS-7 through GS-15. Visit the program page for further details. Coming soon: The application window opens this month for Army Acquisition Centralized Selection List positions for lieutenant colonels/GS-14s and colonels/GS-15s. Visit the program page for more information. DAU COURSE UPDATES The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has announced several new and revised DAU courses. Students interested in the offerings may apply in ATRRS Internet Training Application System (AITAS). ACQ 165 – Defense Acquisition of Services. ACQ 165 is a new distance learning/rolling admission web course. This course is based on DOD Instruction 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services, and includes services acquisition roles and responsibilities; oversight and approval of contracted services portfolios; requirements development, validation and oversight; data collection, reporting and inventory of contracted services; and acquisition considerations for information technology (IT) services, including IT as a service. ACQ 165 is designed for individuals who need to improve their knowledge of developing and defining service requirements, supporting business strategies, coordinating review and approval of services contracts, and effectively managing the resulting contractor performance. The course also may serve as an opportunity for experienced acquisition personnel to improve their understanding of the service acquisition process, approval levels and reporting requirements. Target audience: All service acquisition team members, including contracting officer representatives, quality assurance reviewers, contracting specialists, as well as those involved in developing and executing performance requirements and business strategies, and assessing contractor-provided services. BCF 131 – Applied Cost Analysis. This course, which replaces BCF 107, enables students to apply the techniques learned in BCF 130 to develop cost estimates with an emphasis on life cycle cost estimates. Learning methodologies include interactive presentations, group discussions, cost analysis using MS Excel, and case study of an ongoing major defense acquisition program. The course will expose students to current developments in data collection and software cost estimating. The course is in the process of being piloted, and students interested in the pilot offering may apply to offering #001, held Nov. 14-18. LOG 235 Performance – Based Logistics. This course is being updated, and the student pilot will be conducted online. To obtain commitment from students interested in participating in this pilot class, students who register between now and Aug. 4 will be placed on a waitlist. Students will then receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, letting them know whether they will be able to participate in the pilot class. Those who are willing to participate will be enrolled in LOG 235, Class 951, which will begin on Aug. 8. Students who do not wish to participate in the pilot will be enrolled in a regular section no later than Aug. 5. Related posts: September Army DACM Office Hot Topics December Army DACM Hot Topics March 2016 Hot Topics May 2016 Hot Topics
Outstanding contracting efforts? Send in nominations for SAAEC Awards
By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 27, 2016) — Nominations are being accepted for the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting (SAAEC), presented annually since 1997 to recognize the outstanding contracting efforts of organizations and individuals, civilian and military. These prestigious awards are presented only to those entrants whose accomplishments and abilities elevate them above the best in the field across the Army. The nomination period closes at midnight ET on Sept. 2, and the award winners will be announced in the fall. Nominees must have made or culminated contributions between May 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016. All Army service component commands, direct reporting units, program executive offices and Headquarters, Department of the Army are encouraged to nominate contracting officers, eligible individuals and units or teams. Completed nomination packets must be submitted to the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center through the web-based call for nominations application at http://asc.army.mil/web/contracting-awards/. Awards are given in several categories, including: Five special award categories: the Barbara C. Heald (Deployed Civilian) Award; the Exceptional Support of the Ability One Program Award; the Outstanding Contract Specialist/Procurement Analyst Award; the Contracting Professional of the Year Award and the Contracting NCO of the Year Award. And four awards for outstanding contracting officer and outstanding unit/team in these categories: the Installation Level Contracting Office and/or Directorate of Contracting Award; the Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting Award; the Specialized Services and Construction Contracting Award; and the Contingency Contracting Award. Detailed instructions for the 2016 SAAEC Awards can be found at http://asc.army.mil/web/contracting-awards/. Questions should be addressed to the awards coordinator, Mitchell Colston, at 703-697-1052 or email@example.com. Technical questions regarding application submissions to the award website should be addressed to Vicky DeGuzman at 703-805-1245 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Related posts: DACM Corner: Selecting and Developing Acquisition Officers and NCOs Graduates Recognized, New Fellows Enrolled at CDG/AAF Capstone Event Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program II Registration Extended Hot Topics 2.0
Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open
by Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 20, 2016) – The call for nominations for the 2016 Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards is now open, and will end at midnight ET on Sept. 2. Featuring a few tweaks from last year, the program provides an opportunity to recognize the very best of the Army Acquisition Workforce, and to highlight how their efforts help their organizations and the acquisition community as a whole. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology revamped the 2016 awards so that they’re more closely aligned with the functions of today’s Army Acquisition Workforce. T better centralize contracting awards across Army acquisition, contracting award categories that were included in the 2015 AAE Excellence in Leadership awards program have been aligned under the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement (ODASA-P). The ODASA-P will provide information about this year’s Secretary of the Army Excellence in Contracting Awards in the next few weeks. AAE Excellence in Leadership awards will be given in eight individual categories and two team categories, for contributions made between Sept.1, 2015 and Aug. 31, 2016. A strong nominee for an individual award will demonstrate outstanding mission accomplishment, selfless service, extraordinary and uncompromising professionalism and a commitment to the personal and professional growth of others within the command. Nominees will be evaluated in several areas, including achievements, support for ASA(ALT) priorities, demonstration of leadership and criteria specific to each award category. The team awards focus on efforts, innovations and best practices to develop and improve the qualifications and professionalism of the acquisition workforce. Team submissions will be evaluated for demonstration of talent management, leadership and knowledge transfer, and supporting ASA(ALT) priorities, as well as category-specific criteria. The Award categories are: Individual: Acquisition Support Professional of the Year Business Operations Professional of the Year Defense Exportability and Cooperation Professional of the Year Engineer and System Integrator of the Year Logistician of the Year Product Management/Product Director Professional of the Year (O5 Level) Project Management/Product Director Professional of the Year (O6 Level) Science and Technology Professional of the Year Team: Product Management/Product Director Office Team of the Year (O5 Level) Project Management/Product Director Office Team of the Year (O6 Level) Individual AAE Excellence in Leadership Award nominees must occupy an acquisition workforce designated position and be current in their Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification and continuous learning points. However, all Army employees supporting the Acquisition Workforce are eligible for the Defense Exportability and Cooperation Professional of the Year and the Acquisition Support Professional of the Year categories. Contractors and members of the U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard are not eligible for any awards. Organizations can submit one nomination per award category, and each must be endorsed by the head of the nominating organization.. Be sure the nomination packets are sent through the proper command channels and reach the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center by midnight ET on Sept. 2. Complete nomination information and submission instructions, including sample award write-ups, can be found at http://asc.army.mil/web/acquisition-awards/. If you have any questions, contact Vicky DeGuzman at 703-805-1245 or email@example.com. Related posts: Acquisition Education and Training Corner: August 2011 USAASC to Provide Acquisition Career Counseling at AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition GOOD FELLOWS Latest issue of DACM Newsletter now available