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.
USD(AT&L) accepting nominations for the 2016 awards program
By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Nominations for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Awards Program are now being accepted, with the nomination period scheduled to close May 31. The awards, considered among the most prestigious given to the acquisition community, recognize the unique and significant contributions of the defense acquisition workforce, in line with the Better Buying Power (BBP) objective of improving the professionalism of the total acquisition workforce. “In the end, it is the quality of our people that matters the most, more so than any policy or regulation anyone can put in place,” Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)), wrote in the 2013 memorandum outlining the implementation of BBP 2.0. Awards are given in several categories. The Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Award recognizes excellent performance in 18 acquisition functional categories by workforce members in acquiring products and services for DOD. The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Award recognizes field organizations for their excellence in creating a highly qualified and professional workforce. This year, the evaluation criteria include specific emphasis on how accomplishments contribute to achieving BBP objectives. The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes organizations, groups or teams that have demonstrated exemplary innovation and best practices in acquisition. The evaluation criteria emphasize BBP efficiency initiatives, and as such, nominations should demonstrate the program management processes implementing these initiatives. The Should Cost and Innovation Award honors organizations displaying outstanding commitment, innovation and results in should-cost management. Each organization is allowed one nomination for each award category, and nominations must be endorsed by the head of your organization. Completed nomination packets must be sent through the proper command channels and must reach the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) by midnight EDT on May 31, 2016. USAASC will compile the nominations and submit them to senior leadership, who will then select and forward the Army submissions to the USD(AT&L) for consideration. This year, USAASC is also accepting nominations for two additional awards: The Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager (PSM) Award recognizes the PSM accomplishments and contributions toward achieving the goals outlined in BBP, such as controlling cost within affordability caps, promoting industry competition and innovation, and implementing effective product support strategies. The award honors outstanding PSMs in two categories: Major Defense Acquisition Programs/Major Acquisition Information Systems, Acquisition Category (ACAT) I PSMs; and Major Weapon System/Other Weapon Systems, ACAT II and below PSMs. Nominations for this award are due by midnight EDT on June 3, 2016. The Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) Award recognizes organizations responsible for outstanding achievements in PBL development, implementation and execution. The awards honor outstanding PBL performance in three team categories: system level, subsystem level and component level. Nominations for this award are due by midnight EDT on June 24, 2016. For more detailed instructions on each award and how to submit nominations, go to http://asc.army.mil/web/acquisition-awards/.Take some time to review the information, and make sure the Army’s people and programs get the recognition they deserve. Related posts: Acquisition Education and Training Corner: April 2012 Acquisition Education and Training Corner Army DACM Office hosts Army acquisition career development summit April 2016 Hot Topics
May 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 are in the final stages of developing and staffing an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP) for approval. When approved, this HCSP will guide the process for anticipating workforce gaps and provide solutions to recruit, develop and retain a highly skilled, engaged AAW over the next five years. As we continue collaboration with HCSP stakeholders, the DACM will host the semiannual State of the Army Acquisition Workforce General Officer/Senior Executive Service Forum on May 9, 2016, where human capital will be the main focus. Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund: The data call for the FY17 plan is open until May 18, 2016. Funding approval will be prioritized and allocated according to Army acquisition and organizational priorities. Visit the webpage for more information. Army DACM Memorandum, Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) Policy: Information outlining the expansion of acquisition workforce employees subject to completion of SRPE was released on July 10, 2015. This policy applies to all current and subsequent civilian AAW members at GS-12 and higher and broadband equivalents, and their rating officials. The SRPE is to be prepared by senior raters every fiscal year, commencing Oct. 1, 2015 and based on the potential demonstrated during the previous fiscal year (e.g., October 2014 – September 2015), using a phased implementation: 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 local union bargaining obligations have been met in the South Central and North Central regions. As a result, AAW Bargaining Unit employees, their raters and senior raters received an email notification on April 1, 2016, to begin preparing SRPEs. Local union bargaining obligations are still underway in the West, Northeast and Southwest regions. Army DACM News: The current edition was released April 13. This quarterly e-newsletter provides pertinent and timely acquisition career-related news impacting the AAW. The April issue includes additional information on the HCSP, the FY17 DAWDF Data Call and the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program, as well as a host of other topics. CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES Open now: The fourth quarter announcement for the Acquisition Leader Challenge Program opened on May 2. This is an excellent leadership development seminar series for AAW members at GS-7 through GS-15, featuring three different courses. Visit the program page for additional details. The application for the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program is open from May 3 to June 2. The program is open to permanent (non-temporary/non-term) Army Acquisition civilians at GS-7 through GS-12 and broadband equivalents who have met their current position certification requirements. Coming Soon: The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program application opens on May 9. The announcement for the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship will open in June. Please stay tuned for further details. DAU COURSE UPDATES The FY17 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course schedule will be available for student registration in ATRRS AITAS on May 17. It is highly recommended that students take time now to review the required prerequisite(s) in the DAU iCatalog and complete them prior to registration for an FY17 course. Planning ahead will ensure timely completion of DAWIA certification requirements and enrollment in the desired course(s). The Army DACM Office also suggests that students apply early to have a better chance of obtaining a class in the required timeframe. Also, students should ask supervisors to approve all training requests as soon as the application is submitted. HEADLINES: In case you missed it AALPC prepares new acquisition leaders for new roles, challenges Army selects acquisition product and project directors Faces of the Force: Gloria Atkins Related posts: February 2016 Hot Topics August Army DACM Office Hot Topics November Army DACM Office Hot Topics February Army DACM Office Hot Topics
AALPC prepares new acquisition leaders for new roles, challenges
By Linda Hanus FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 28, 2016) – Thirty-one of the Army’s best and brightest new acquisition leaders gathered in Arlington, Virginia, April 17-22 for the third Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC). This intensive four-day course is designed to prepare centrally selected program managers, contracting commanders and product directors to take on new leadership responsibilities and equip them with the knowledge, information and skills necessary to effectively address leadership challenges they are likely to encounter in their new roles. Key leaders from government, industry and academia briefed students and answered questions on topics including leadership, talent and organizational management, risk identification and management, understanding budgets, and effective communication. Students also participated in small group sessions facilitated by subject-matter experts to delve deeper into the topics. Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), who created the course in 2015, delivered the keynote address. “The program you are leading … the systems you are building will be in the Army for a long time. You are shaping not only the current, but the future of the Army. What you are doing is really, really important. Your job is to deliver capability to soldiers,” he said. The Hon. Katrina McFarland, acting assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, spoke about the challenge of too much technology, explaining that “autonomy doesn’t mean we have robots; it should just mean that we can take the problem off of the Soldier’s back.” The Hon. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, emphasized the importance of putting people first and understanding requirements. “People matter most,” he said, and “our ability to do our work is what drives outcomes.” Ben Kotwica, the Washington Redskins special teams coordinator and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, spent eight years on active duty, including operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea and Iraq. In a session on effective communication, Kotwica highlighted the importance of making connections. “You have to have connectivity with the higher chain of command. Those relationships are important.” Scott Greene, chief of the Leader Development Branch for the Army DACM Office, noted that the course has evolved over its three iterations. “We have added new elements to each course and improved upon topics and format based on feedback from the students and facilitators,” he explained. “For this course, we brought in the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence as we work to sustain the AALPC as an Army pre-command course.” “The AALPC provided a phenomenal opportunity to meet with my peers to start the dialogue about leadership challenges we will likely face at strategic as well as tactical levels,” explained student Gina Bublitz, who currently serves as the Department of the Army systems coordinator for soldier protection and individual equipment. “We heard first-hand perspectives from our senior leaders and had an opportunity to work in small groups to discuss practical, hands-on approaches to various issues. This course and the relationships I established will prove invaluable as I transition to my new position.” In July 2016, Bublitz will start her new position as product director for the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter. The Army DACM Office conducts two courses each year, in the spring and fall, to train centrally selected managers before they assume their new positions. The next session is scheduled for November 2016 in the Washington, D.C., area. Related posts: Acquisition Education and Training Corner Army announces board results for senior DA civilian advancement opportunities Acquisition Education and Training Corner Acquisition Education and Training Corner