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.
HCSP virtual town hall a big success
With more than 1,000 participants signing in from across the country, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director for acquisition career management (DACM), hosted a live, virtual town hall forum via milSuite on Oct. 20, addressing more than 40 questions from the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) regarding the recently launched AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). The forum featured a lively exchange of questions, feedback and ideas between Williamson and the AAW. Some of the topics that were covered included: Strengthening the alignment between Career Programs and Acquisition Career Fields. Understanding selection board ratings and determinations. Mentoring. Addressing capability gaps created by the anticipated increase in the retirement rate. Employee incentives. Civilian Education System Advanced Course quotas. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, DACM, and Mr. Craig Spisak, Director, USAASC answered questions received from the Army Acquisition Workforce about the HCSP during the live Town Hall in milSuite on Oct. 20. (Photos by Vincent Nguyen) “The HCSP virtual town hall provided a method for discussion that is less intimidating than asking a question at an in-person town hall in front of a large group,” said David Grieco, a chemist with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. “This unique medium enabled those from across the country to engage Lt. Gen. Williamson simultaneously in an environment not possible years ago.” Williamson and the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s (USAASC) Army DACM Office thank milSuite for hosting this virtual forum and all those who submitted questions and participated. Nearly 1,040 users logged in, with 31 participants creating discussions and 122 commenting, replying or rating those discussions. A large number of substantive questions were submitted, and those that were not answered during the session were answered via milSuite on Oct. 21. They’re included in the Q&A document on the AAW HCSP website at http://asc.army.mil/web/hcsp/. HCSP developments can also be found by following USAASC on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Williamson encouraged those who were unable to join the forum to visit http://asc.army.mil/web/hcsp/ to read the AAW HCSP brochure, view HCSP information and review the event’s Q&A transcript. “As we move forward with the implementation of this plan, I urge you all to stay engaged,” he said. “Keep the conversation going by regularly checking the website and following us on social media using #AAWStrong. Thank you for your hard work and your outstanding service you provide to the Army, our Soldiers and our country.” The DACM Office gathered with Lt. Gen. Williamson and Mr. Craig Spisak (center) for a photo at the conclusion of the HCSP Town Hall. The DACM office members in the photo include: Jennifer Farlow, Randy Williams, Joan Sable, Jack Kendall, Stephanie Watson, Tom Evans, Jason Pitts, Scott Greene, Brian Winters, John Kelly, Wen Lin and milSuite representative, Megan Cronhardt. Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Related posts: DACM Corner: In Search of Contingency Contracting Officers and NCOs Acquisition Education and Training Corner: May 2011 Update Acquisition Education and Training Corner: August 2011 Acquisition Education and Training Corner
Army DACM Office Launches Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan
FT. BELVOIR, Va. (October 13, 2016) – The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office released the Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan (AAW HCSP) today. This five-year plan focuses on improving the readiness of the Army’s 37,000 acquisition professionals. Over the past year, representative stakeholders from across the AAW met to identify, understand, and address the greatest strengths and challenges facing the AAW. The plan that emerged focuses on the following five key themes: workforce planning; professional development; leadership development; employee engagement; and communication and collaboration. The AAW HCSP establishes clearly defined goals, objectives and initiatives, institutionalizing an enduring human capital planning process for the entire AAW. The plan supports every acquisition professional’s career from recruitment-to retention-to retirement. “It’s about readiness, the Army’s number one priority. Our acquisition workforce must remain ready to provide the equipment and services Soldiers need to win across multiple missions, conditions and geographies.” said Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and DACM Williamson will host a Virtual Town Hall via milSuite on October 20, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. ET to discuss the Army’s new plan with his workforce. All AAW members are encouraged to attend and submit questions in advance via https://www.milsuite.mil/book/hcsptownhall. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/hcsp/. Related posts: It’s all in the delivery Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship program announcement opens today Latest issue of DACM Newsletter now available Investing in People
Investing in People
By valuing individual and group potential, the Human Capital Strategic Plan points the way to success for the Army Acquisition Workforce From the Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Craig SpisakDirector, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Human capital, talent, human resources, personnel, staff—these are all names that we use to describe the workforce inside an organization. But what’s in a name? It’s not so much the terminology but rather the evolving mindset behind the organization’s operations that count. That mindset must take a more holistic view of the workforce, individually and collectively. It must consider their knowledge, talent, skills, abilities, experience, intelligence, training, judgment and wisdom. When people are valued and treated as assets rather than expenses, and teams do everything possible to develop employees to their maximum potential and contribution, then the language used to describe the process is not so important. But it takes more than just changing what you call the workforce to achieve success; it takes a plan—a well-conceived, inclusive, innovative, detailed, continuous plan to recruit, maintain, develop and retain world-class professionals. In this case, I’m referring to the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). CONTINUOUS PROCESS A major part of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office. We have the tremendous responsibility of providing everything acquisition career-related for approximately 37,000 Army acquisition civilian and military leaders and professionals located worldwide in Army staff offices, Army commands, Army service component commands, program executive offices and direct reporting units. We collaborate with the Defense Acquisition University, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)) and the USD(AT&L) Human Capital Initiatives Office to enable acquisition workforce initiatives and to serve as advocates for the AAW. We are constantly evaluating, monitoring, researching, innovating and fine-tuning the policies and procedures that help us train, educate and cultivate the AAW. To continue to do our job well, we must further our efforts and commitment by developing, updating and implementing the five-year AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). The HCSP is USAASC’s systematic and collaborative process for anticipating workforce capability gaps and providing solutions to recruit, develop, maintain and retain a highly skilled, engaged AAW of program managers, scientists, engineers, information technologists, contracting specialists and other acquisition professionals who are experienced, high-performing and committed to providing world-class capabilities to our Soldiers. In short, this is our piece of supporting Army readiness. As a community, we must remain ready to provide the equipment and services Soldiers need to win across multiple missions, conditions and geographies. Grounded in the Army values—loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage—as its guiding principles, this plan fosters a collaborative decision-making process based on trust, transparency, accountability, deliberation and ethics. The plan is a reflection of our commitment to the workforce to develop the next generation of leaders and advance the Army acquisition profession. The HCSP has five goals: communication and collaboration, workforce shaping, employee engagement, professional development and leadership development. The goals are the result of a collaborative process that brought together representatives from across Army Acquisition Workforce organizations, stakeholders and members. IT TAKES A COMMUNITY Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army DACM, wants implementation of the HCSP to involve everyone, from acquisition senior leaders to the individual AAW member. That voice of the people comes mostly from his Acquisition Workforce Advisory Board, a consortium of acquisition professionals at all levels and organizations brought together to support candid discussions and honest feedback on acquisition-specific career development challenges for the Army DACM. A key to the success of this strategic planning effort will be formalized governance via steering committees, councils, and specific integration and project teams. CONCLUSION As the HCSP unfolds, we will continue to refine the goals and objectives, and draft initiatives and metrics to measure our progress and success. Using this as our guide, we will prioritize our resources, focus our efforts each year and track our progress. To keep the plan current and relevant, we will conduct periodic reviews and will need continuous input from our acquisition professionals, managers and leaders throughout the Army. I invite you to join us in our progressive quest of putting people first by submitting suggestions, comments or questions to email@example.com, or go to http://asc.army.mil/web/hcsp/. For a closer look at the goals and some of the initiatives on the horizon, read “A Ready Acquisition Workforce.” The HCSP helps to develop and equip acquisition professionals with the skills, training and experiences to be successful in their jobs and, ultimately, in the acquisition mission. It drives how strategic initiatives are shaped to realize that focus, while engaging workforce stakeholders. (Image courtesy of the Army DACM Office) This article was originally published in the October – December 2016 issue of Army AL&T magazine. Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Related posts: A Ready Acquisition Workforce It’s all in the delivery Advocate for Innovation What kind of innovation do you want?