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.
Army acquisition product directors selected in first-ever board
By Tara Clements and Jack Kendall FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 26, 2015)—Fourteen candidates from the Army Acquisition Corps were selected from the first-ever product director centralized selection board held Dec. 4-5, 2014, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. A talent management board of directors met Feb. 6 to approve the positions for the newly-selected product directors. Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), presided over the board consisting of Mr. Craig A. Spisak, deputy Army DACM and the 12 program executive officers. The board approved 10 product director positions to be filled this summer. The civilian-only centrally selected product director board is one of Williamson’s first major talent management initiatives, providing an opportunity to select high-performing civilians with leadership potential. “My goal is to create a pool of the right people with the right skills for the right jobs,” said Williamson in a recent video highlighting what talent management means to the Army acquisition workforce. The standard tenure for these acquisition product directors is three years. The Army DACM Office, in coordination with the PEOs, will centrally manage the positions. This year’s product director board is the Army DACM’s first effort to provide additional development and growth opportunities for high-performing civilians while building a larger talent pool for future senior leader requirements. The next product director centralized selection board is tentatively scheduled for October. Additional information regarding the product director policy is available on the Army DACM website. FY15 Product Director Selections Paul Boak Michael Bruno Anthony Budzichowski Kevin Coggins Jeremy Hiers Robert Long Matthew Maier Mark McCoy George Mitchell Wolfgang Petermann James Pruitt Brian Raftery Michael Switzer Michael Wills FY15 Product Director Assignment/Slate Paul Boak, product director, Mounted Maneuver Support, PEO Ground Combat Systems, Warren, Michigan Anthony Budzichowski, product director, Joint Biological Tactical Detection System, Joint PEO Chemical and Biological Defense, Aberdeen, Maryland Jeremy Hiers, product director, Aviation Networks & Mission Planning, PEO Aviation, Redstone, Alabama Robert Long, product director, Fixed Wing Special Electronic Mission Aircraft, PEO Aviation, Redstone, Alabama Matthew Maier, product director, Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care, PEO Enterprise Information Systems, Fort Detrick, Maryland George Mitchell, product director, Test, Measurement & Diagnostic Equipment, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support, Redstone, Alabama James Pruitt, product director, Lethal Miniature Aerial Munitions System, PEO Missiles & Space, Redstone, Alabama Brian Raftery, product director, Army Human Resources Systems, PEO Enterprise Information Systems, Fort Belvoir, Virginia Michael Switzer, product director, Cargo Helicopter International Program, PEO Aviation, Redstone, Alabama Michael Wills, product director, Long Range Precision Fires, PEO Missiles & Space, Redstone, Alabama Subscribe to Access AL&T is the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Subscribe Related posts: History in the Making USAASC launches weapon system website Recent leadership program graduates prepare to mentor the next generation Opportunities to Deliver
February Army DACM Office Hot Topics
Hot Topic #1: 2014 Chief Developmental Tester KLP Joint Qualification Board Army Selectees The Joint Qualification Board is a new concept to prequalify personnel as ready to fill a key leadership position (KLP) so that when a position is announced for hire or selection, there will be qualified candidates at the ready. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) Frank Kendall identified the chief developmental tester KLP as the first KLP to pilot the Joint Qualification Board process. The purpose of the board is to create a standard of excellence across DOD by identifying individuals who the board will prequalify to occupy highly demanding KLPs when announced. Boards are held annually and will function separately from normal promotion, command or selection boards. The first Chief Developmental Tester KLP Joint Qualification Board convened on Dec. 9, 2014. On behalf of the Army DACM Office, we congratulate the following individuals selected: Christopher Addison Todd Christiansen Daniel Jones Craig Lanphere Earnest Swauger Juan Vitali Hot topic #2: Army Acquisition Talent Management Board of Directors The first-ever Army Acquisition Talent Management (TM) Board of Directors (BOD) convened on Feb. 6, 2015. The DACM, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson presided over the board which consisted of the deputy DACM, all 12 program executive officers (PEOs), and several deputy PEOs. The theme of this initial TM BOD was to socialize new TM initiatives, collect feedback and build a solid forum to discuss key issues in the development of an enterprise level Army acquisition TM program. Williamson chaired the event and led discussions centered on such topics as the annual mandate of the senior rater potential evaluation, onboarding, acquisition career models, competency management, project/product director (PD) selection and slating, and civilian post utilization challenges. A major outcome of this initial acquisition TM BOD was the development of the FY15 PD slate. The next TM BOD is tentatively scheduled for August. ‘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 October Army DACM Office Hot Topics January Army DACM Office Hot Topics
January Army DACM Office Hot Topics
Hot Topic #1: Naval Postgraduate School Master of Science in Program Management (NPS-MSPM) Program Announcement The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) has the announced the offering of NPS-MSPM Program, class 836-161. The announcement opens Feb. 3 and closes March 17. This distance learning program is the premier Army DACM Office-funded master’s degree program, and offers an opportunity to earn an MS in program management on a part-time basis within a two-year timeframe. The Army Deputy DACM (DDACM) Office sponsors the NPS-MSPM Program and will fund the tuition and book costs. Please note: The Army DDACM Office will not fund second master’s degrees for any workforce member who already holds a master’s degree in a business and/or acquisition related discipline. For more information, go to the USAASC NPS-MSPM programs page. Hot Topic #2: FY16 DACM Seeks Onsite Hosts as Part of Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Schedule Build The DACM Office is responsible for submitting the Army‘s DAU training demand, and part of that task is soliciting commands and program executive offices to host DAU on sites in FY16. Army DAU onsites are classes hosted by a command or organization with the goal of bringing required DAU training to students to save on travel costs. They are ideal for facilities at considerable distances from DAU main or satellite campuses. Army onsites will be included in the Army’s consolidated seat demand to DAU. Once finalized, the FY16 schedule will be available for student registration in ATRRS AITAS on Thursday, May 14, 2015. ‘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 October Army DACM Office Hot Topics November Army DACM Office Hot Topics
Faces of the Force
In her 30-year Army career, Amy Hayden has worked with what she calls “some very dedicated people.” But her work on one of the Army’s biggest logistics contracts showed her even greater levels of dedication—that’s pretty remarkable for someone who admits she “stumbled into” a career that a previous manager tried to discourage her from pursuing.
Melissa Garcia got her start in contracting by accident. “I responded to a request for resumes for an internship when I was in college, but I wasn’t really sure who I was submitting my resume to,” said Garcia, now contracting officer and team lead for the 919th Contingency Contracting Battalion in the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC). “I got a phone call asking if I was interested in working at Fort Bliss, and when I showed up at the Contracting Office there, I had no clue as to what kind of work they did.”
Deborah Ault has spent nearly four decades in civilian service, working her way up from typing purchase requests to serving as the director of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Knox, earning a B.S. in business administration along the way. One of the biggest changes she’s seen? Plastic.
Maj. Mark Corn
Contingency contracting requires its people to go where the action is, and as a contingency contracting officer, Maj. Mark Corn has spent a lot of time in the field, strengthening his skills during field exercises in Germany and a deployment to Djibouti. But, in looking at his career over the long term, he knows he’ll need to balance offsite work with stateside posts. Corn is the team leader for the 717th Contingency Contracting Team (CCT) and contracting officer for the 900th Contingency Contracting Battalion (CCBn) Pre-Award Division.
After 20 years in the private sector as a litigator and consultant in telecommunications, Roderick Redman decided to look for a position that offered a more equitable work-life balance along with the opportunity to use his skills and experience. That exploration led him to the Army Contracting Command, where he currently serves as branch chief for contract pricing. He recently marked five years in government service, making him a relative newcomer to the field. “There are a lot of very bright people working for the government, and I’ve been really impressed by the level of expertise, particularly at the senior…
Master Sgt. Keith Joseph
When Master Sgt. Keith Joseph tells people about his contracting work for the Army, “they’re always surprised that we have our hands in so many things. The people building the new facility, the movers handling a PCS [permanent change of station] from one part of the country to the other, the group making sure the lawns are mowed—that’s all contracting. And it’s rewarding to me to be a part of that.” Joseph joined the Army nearly 20 years ago, and deployed to Saudi Arabia in 2001, Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2008. He took a few minutes to speak…