Nominations Invited for 63rd Annual Flemming Awards

Nominations Invited for 63rd Annual Flemming Awards

The George Washington University and the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission are accepting nominations for the 63rd annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards. Dec. 9 is the deadline to submit nominations.   The Flemming Awards honor federal government employees who have made outstanding contributions to public service on either a sustained basis or through a single exceptional accomplishment achieved or completed during 2011. Awards are made in five categories: Leadership and/or Management. Legal Achievement. Social Science, Clinical Trials, and Translation Research. Applied Science and Engineering. Basic Science. Any career civilian employee of the federal government or member of the uniformed services who has at least three, but no more than 15, […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: November 2011

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: November 2011

DAU Senior Service College Fellowship The 2012-13 Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) announcement is open from Nov. 15 through March 15, 2012, to all eligible GS-14s and 15s who have met their current position certification requirements. The 2012-13 DAU-SSCF will be offered at Huntsville, AL, Warren, MI, and Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/announcement/. Federal Executive Institute Announcement The Federal Executive Institute (FEI) Leadership for a Democratic Society announcement is open through June 13, 2012. Any interested GS-15s who have met their position certification requirement should read the announcement at http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/federal-executive-institute-leadership-for-a-democratic-society/ for additional information and details on specific offerings and submission requirements. Starting […]

Army Acquisition Support Center Publications Earn Three Awards from International Competition

Army Acquisition Support Center Publications Earn Three Awards from International Competition

FORT BELVOIR, VA— Army AL&T Magazine and Access AL&T have earned 2011 MarCom Awards in three categories; including one platinum award, the competition’s highest honor.  “These awards validate the hard work our editorial staff put forth in producing these high-quality publications,” said Mr. Craig Spisak, Director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). “Together, Army AL&T Magazine and Access AL&T have set a new standard of excellence across the Army in telling the Army Acquisition Workforce story and how they support the Soldier.” The awards earned by the publications were as follows:  Platinum Award: Army AL&T Magazine in the Magazine/Government category Gold Award: Army AL&T Magazine in the Design […]

Army Rolls Out First Apache Block III

Army Rolls Out First Apache Block III

[author type="author"]Sofia Bledsoe[/author] The world’s most lethal attack helicopter just got even better. Inside a hangar against a backdrop of lights and fog, looking as intimidating as ever, the first AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III (AB3) was revealed to the public for the first time during a Roll Out ceremony Nov. 2 at the Boeing Apache production plant in Mesa, AZ. “To say that I’m proud would be a tremendous understatement,” said COL Shane Openshaw, Project Manager Apache Helicopters. “This first step took a tremendous amount of teamwork and is a reflection of great accomplishment with the combined efforts of this team.” That teamwork was evidenced by the attendance of […]

Army Reserve Soldiers Get Cooking at Connelly Competition

Army Reserve Soldiers Get Cooking at Connelly Competition

[author type="author"]SPC Monte Swift[/author] U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers from the 847th Human Resources Company (HRC) competed in the final stage of the Philip A. Connelly food service competition at Fort Snelling, MN, in October, after winning at the 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and USAR Command competitions. The five-Soldier team, along with other supporting members from the 847th, competed in a field environment to best demonstrate real-world conditions and the challenges associated with maintaining a kitchen in the field. The Philip A. Connelly Competition, established in 1968, recognizes excellence in Army food service. The objective is to improve the professionalism of Army food service personnel and maintain high-quality food for […]

Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

Enhancing Oversight of Services Acquisition

This is the third and final installment in a series of articles about improving Army services acquisition. The first two articles focused on the general features, applicability, and governance structure of the “Optimization of Army Services Acquisition Implementation Plan,” which was recently approved by the Secretary of the Army. In this final installment, we describe new reporting requirements for assessing success in meeting Army fiscal and performance objectives for services acquisition. Earlier this year, an Armywide data call established, for the first time, a baseline of all Army services acquisition requirements by command and by portfolio group for FY12 through FY16. In the baseline report, commands provided detailed services acquisition […]

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

Army Services Acquisition: Who Runs It and How

This is the second in a series of articles from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Services.  On Sept. 28, the Secretary of the Army approved the “Optimization of Army Services Acquisition Implementation Plan.” The plan describes the roles and responsibilities of HQDA and subordinate organization leaders, the processes they will use to acquire services, and the governance and review mechanisms to improve visibility and accountability of the requiring activities. Most important is that the plan launches a new way of doing business in services acquisition. Integral to the approach is a new governance structure that includes portfolio management and processes designed to identify, track, and monitor projected […]

New DASA Sets Framework to Improve Army Services Acquisition

New DASA Sets Framework to Improve Army Services Acquisition

This is the first in a series of articles from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Services.  The Army spends more than $50 billion annually to buy essential services for Soldiers and their families, an amount equating to more than half of the Army’s yearly acquisition spending. The Army and the rest of DOD procure a wide variety of services through contracts with commercial vendors—services as simple as printing, as complex as combat vehicle repair, and as technically sophisticated as helicopter pilot training and medical treatment of Soldiers. Federal acquisition regulations define services as procurements that directly engage the time and effort of a contractor whose primary […]

New Mobile-Ready Guide Available for Medical Recording

New Mobile-Ready Guide Available for Medical Recording

A new interactive guide to help deployed medics, nurses, and commanders in recording medical information is now available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android devices, the Combined Arms Center – Training announced. In August, the Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) program released the Commander’s Guide to MC4 Version 2.0 on the Army Training Network 2 Go (ATN2GO) application, following the initial release of training materials in April. In July, the ATN added concussion and traumatic brain injury training materials specifically targeted for U.S. units and Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan. “Mobile devices are driving the Army’s training delivery model,” said LTC William Geesey, MC4 Product Manager. “By […]

Briefing on Competitive Development Group Offered for DC Area Career Acquisition Employees

Briefing on Competitive Development Group Offered for DC Area Career Acquisition Employees

FORT BELVOIR–Army acquisition employees in the national capital region are invited to learn about the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellow (CDG/AAF) Program at a brown bag lunch on  Nov. 8 at building 213 from 1130-1300. “We will be discussing the CDG/AAF vision and mission, as well as program details, eligibility, benefits, fellowship opportunities, and what is required to complete it,” said Brian Cole, Acquisition Career Manager for the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). “The brown bag lunch will be a briefing outlining the details of the program and explaining who qualifies for the program.  It will also give potential applicants the opportunity to ask questions and address any of […]