Research analyst named new workforce advocate

By Tara Clements

 

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July 10, 2013) – Diane Bullis, a supervisory operations research analyst for Program Executive Office (PEO) Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA), was appointed as Army’s newest Acquisition Career Management Advocate (ACMA) who will now serve as an advocate for the acquisition workforce among those who support the Army’s $10.6 billion chemical weapons demilitarization program.

With more than 31 years of federal service, Bullis will serve as a key communications conduit for acquisition specialists assigned to PEO ACWA and to senior acquisition executives in the DOD and the Army.

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USAASC Workforce Management Division Chief Tom Evans (right) is joined by PEO ACWA Conrad Whyne (left) in presenting an ACMA charter to Diane Bullis, a supervisory operations research analyst who will now serve as an advocate for the acquisition workforce in this $10.6 billion chemical weapons demilitarization program. (Photos by Miguel Monteverde)

An ACMA is a senior acquisition leader appointed to be a lead resource to acquisition, logistics and technology (AL&T) workforce members as well as Army organizations and commands in many regions that have a large acquisition workforce population. ACMAs are chartered by the director of acquisition career management (DACM), who is also the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for AL&T. These individuals are responsible for command-specific issues and also serve as the communication link between the workforce and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center.

There are currently 47 appointed ACMAs in 16 locations worldwide.

Each ACMA is presented with a charter to confirm their appointment. The charter outlines the ACMA’s role and responsibilities to “serve as a principal advisor and assistant to the DACM” as well as “to perform as an advisor to the senior leadership within your command and surrounding acquisition communities for matters related to the execution and management of acquisition career development, policy, procedures and programs.”

ACMAs were inititated in accordance with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act.
 

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The acquisition of material and equipment to build and operate multimillion dollar chemical weapons disposal facilities requires a highly specialized and trained professional workforce. Helping to manage that workforce is newly-appointed ACMA, Diane Bullis, shown here reviewing the charter for her new role. Bullis is a Maryland native with more than 31 years of federal service who will now act as a key communications conduit for acquisition specialists assigned to the PEO, ACWA to senior acquisition executives in the DOD and Army.