Career Navigator: The Individual Development Plan

Career Navigator: The Individual Development Plan

This career basic helps acquisition workforce members keep track of what they need to do and when. By Mr. Robert E. Coultas Jobs in defense acquisition are unlike most others because of the legally mandated training, education and other requirements that employees must fulfill. The central tool for planning and tracking those requirements and compliance with them is the Individual Development Plan (IDP). Fortunately, there’s an app for that, and it’s accessible through the Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS) portal at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. (A Common Access Card is needed to log in.) Acquisition workforce members are required to create and maintain a five-year IDP. While that sounds […]

Faces of the Force: Patty Seals

Faces of the Force: Patty Seals

POSITION AND UNIT: Chief, Resource Management Division, Lower Tier Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 28 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in business – financial management; Level II in program management; Level III DOD Financial Management Certification EDUCATION: B.S. in business, Athens State College; Certified Defense Financial Manager AWARDS: Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Order of St. Barbara Managing missile money By Mary Kate Aylward Managing the funds for one of DOD’s highest-profile weapon systems is, as you would imagine, stressful. But Patty Seals keeps in mind the Soldiers and the international customers who […]

Owning your battlespace

Owning your battlespace

The AALPC primes program managers for success as acquisition leaders by Craig A. Spisak Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center One of the imperatives for a program manager (PM) to succeed in Army acquisition is that they must own their battlespace. Think of two concentric circles. The inner circle is what a PM is responsible for: What are the resources, what is the timeline, what are the cost effects of these factors on the program and, very specifically, what are the performance attributes that the PM is trying to get out of this particular system? The outer circle consists of things that are outside the PM’s immediate control but could […]

Hate the SRPE?

Hate the SRPE?

Here’s why you should reconsider By Shannon Potter and Wen Lin, Army DACM Office Let’s be honest. Supervisors have a lot of administrative requirements and likely are not looking for more to fill their overflowing plates. So it’s not surprising that the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) mandated in July 2015 for GS 12-15 Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) civilians was met with mixed reviews. But here’s something you might not know: What civilians didn’t have (that the military has had for quite some time) was a tool to help identify and document individuals with future leadership potential—not performance. For the military, this is widely known as the most important part […]

The shape of success

The shape of success

PEO CS&CSS makes a two-pronged effort to maximize the effectiveness of the SRPE and get the most from its workforce. by Mr. Scott J. Davis Last quarter, Craig A. Spisak, director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, wrote about the importance of Senior Rater Potential Evaluations (SRPEs) in helping to identify and shape our community’s future leaders. I agree that the SRPE is a very important tool. Our current environment is uncertain and resource-constrained, and it’s often hard to spend the extra time to think critically about our workforce. Yet I’m convinced that we must make the time to shape our most important resource. We owe that to both […]

Annual ASA(ALT) acquisition writing competition showcases workforce talent; creativity

Annual ASA(ALT) acquisition writing competition showcases workforce talent; creativity

By Karen D. Kurtz WASHINGTON (June 26, 2017) – The Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Maj. Gen. Paul A. Ostrowski, announced the fourth annual Maj. Gen. Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing competition today to encourage critical writing focused on Army acquisition. “The annual writing competition is designed to showcase the tremendous talent and creativity within the acquisition community and those associated with it,” said Ostrowski. “Each year, we invite participants to candidly share their ideas, expertise, and experiences by writing about them,” he continued. “In doing so, we honor a leader who was passionate about our […]

Williamson reflects on 34 years of service

Williamson reflects on 34 years of service

By Tara Clements Just before his retirement in March, we had the opportunity to sit down with Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson and capture some of his reflections after more than 34 years of military service, the last three as the principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, director acquisition career management (DACM) and director of the Army Acquisition Corps. “I think we have a tremendous workforce. I’m convinced that all of our success for delivering programs is tied to people,” said Williamson, emphasizing that it’s all been done during 15 years of continuous war. It’s difficult for people to understand the […]

Tailored training

Tailored training

USAMMDA’s highly specialized workforce needs training to match its mission. It’s getting it, thanks to DAWDF funding. by Ms. Kathleen L. Berst and Ms. Judy L. Holian As the premier developer of world-class military medical capabilities, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA) at Fort Detrick, Maryland, is responsible for developing and delivering critical products for the nation’s military forces. USAMMDA requires a particular type of workforce to accomplish this mission, with skills not only in acquisition but also in very specialized areas of medical product development. These highly skilled personnel enable USAMMDA to supply products that protect and preserve the lives of warfighters worldwide. The products include drugs, […]

Faces of the Force: Michael Doney

Faces of the Force: Michael Doney

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Project Manager for Distributed Common Ground System – Army; Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors TITLE: Product director, Machine Foreign Language Translation System YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 33 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management and engineering EDUCATION: M.S. in engineering management, George Washington University; B.S. in civil engineering, Virginia Tech AWARDS: Meritorious Civilian Service Award; Superior Civilian Service Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (multiple); Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (multiple)   Product director puts translators in Soldiers’ pockets by Mary Kate Aylward “There will never be enough human linguists to meet the Army’s varied translation requirements.” That’s the problem Michael Doney’s team works to […]

Zero to full manpower in 8 hours

Zero to full manpower in 8 hours

Predictive Resource Staffing Models make staffing a program office easier and faster. A model for the program management community is available now; models for contracting, R&D, T&E and logistics are in development. by Ms. Rebecca Meyer You’ve just been selected as the program manager for an up-and-coming system. Congratulations! Its capability promises to revolutionize the way the Soldier operates on the battlefield. It checks all the buzzwords: Lean Six Sigma, cost efficient, auditable. There’s just one problem—a program management office (PMO) has not yet been established to carry out the mission, and you’ve been charged with developing the workforce requirement. Where do you start? How many people will you need? […]