AUGUST HOT TOPICS

AUGUST HOT TOPICS

  Army DACM Office Updates Phase III of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) implementation begins Oct. 1, affecting all AAW members GS-12 through GS-14 (or pay band equivalent levels). In preparation, make sure your CAPPMIS IDP reflects the correct supervisor. Senior raters are required to complete the FY17 SRPE no later than Dec. 31. Check out the one-stop shop SRPE resources. The Army Pamphlet (DA PAM) 600-3, Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management, was published June 26. In an effort to better align acquisition’s unique functional area career management and education requirements with the Army development and career management baseline, the Army Acquisition Corps […]

“What and why: Individual Development Plan (IDP)”

“What and why: Individual Development Plan (IDP)”

By Stephanie Watson Acquisition Career Manager As discussed in our ongoing “Back to the Basics” column in the May DACM newsletter, where we dove into the “what and why” of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA), the Individual Development Plan (IDP) helps you track and plan your training and update your acquisition career objectives. This all helps you plan ahead and successfully meet the requirements for your acquisition position certification. Today we will continue to explore the IDP to show the benefits of this tool. Think of the IDP as a formal yet flexible agreement between you and your supervisor detailing where you want to go and who you […]

Faces of the Force: Abraham Curry Jr.

Faces of the Force: Abraham Curry Jr.

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Transatlantic Middle East District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers TITLE: Section chief and contracting officer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 14 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 20 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in contracting EDUCATION: M.S. in human resources, Central Michigan University; B.S. in human resources, Saint Leo University AWARDS: Kansas City District Heartland Award; Certificate of Appreciation, Hurricane Katrina/Rita Support; Department of Army Certificate of Appreciation, Hurricane Katrina/Rita Support; Department of Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Iraq; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; NATO Non-Article 5 Medal for service in support of Balkans Operations Army experiences pay off in civilian career By Susan L. Follett Now a section chief and […]

News from the Army DACM Office

News from the Army DACM Office

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 26, 2017) — Where can Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) members find the best resource for current career opportunities and upcoming program announcements? Check out the July issue of the DACM Newsletter, now available on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center DACM Newsletter (USAASC) website. Read about: What an Individual Development Plan can do for you, and why it’s so important to keep yours up to date. The latest update to DA Pamphlet (DA PAM) 600-3, “Officer Professional Development and Career Management.” The nine strategic objectives outlined by Ms. Steffanie Easter, acting assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology. The Army DACM Office’s Coaching […]

No time to lose

No time to lose

JPEO-CBD seeks to reduce acquisition lead time through tailored professional training workshops with DAU by Mr. Jeff Megargel “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu As the Trump administration completes its transition, Better Buying Power may be replaced with something different, but the tenets and goals of acquisition reform will remain largely the same. All program executive offices within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) will be seeking ways to reduce administrative lead time while fielding and maintaining the best quality equipment and services possible within resource constraints. The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) […]

A different way of doing business

A different way of doing business

CERDEC’s talent management initiative incorporates a new, enterprisewide approach to help employees reach their goals while strengthening the organization. by Mr. John S. Willison Two years ago, the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) faced an unpleasant reality: More than 30 percent of our almost 2,000 government employees were eligible to retire or would be soon. Taking steps to address that challenge proactively, we launched a succession management initiative. But a growing realization that talent management was the key to strengthening the workforce prompted us to expand our focus. It is easy—and common—for an organization to declare that “people are our most important asset.” It is significantly […]

CONTRIBUTION!

CONTRIBUTION!

AcqDemo and upcoming improvements significantly empower acquisition organizations and their teams to focus on contributing to successful execution of the acquisition mission. by Mr. Jerold A. Lee The most significant changes to the Department of Defense Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) since its inception will be coming in 2018. “These additions and improvements in AcqDemo are the result of a deliberative (over two years) process undertaken by the AcqDemo office in collaboration with participating organizations in all of the services,” said René Thomas-Rizzo, director of Human Capital Initiatives in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD(AT&L)). For those who are participating […]

Army DACM Office assesses workforce strengths; weaknesses

Army DACM Office assesses workforce strengths; weaknesses

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 13, 2017) — Thirteen acquisition career fields are undergoing an assessment across the Army acquisition workforce to identify competency strengths and weaknesses specific to each profession. What makes these assessments—known as the TrueChoice Acquisition Career Field Assessments—different is the input is coming directly from Army acquisition professionals currently working in those career fields, and time is running out to submit feedback. The Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is seeking maximum participation from workforce members so that it can obtain an accurate picture of the overall health of both technical and leadership skills. Assessments are sent by email directly to individuals across […]

I3MP delivers 1st Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

I3MP delivers 1st Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

By Scott Sundsvold While the 1st Infantry Division (ID) was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) performed a technology refresh on the 1st ID Command Center at Fort Riley, Kansas, as part of the Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) initiative. As the Army prepares to operate in a contested, multidomain arena that combines land, air, sea, space and cyber, the HSMCC initiative takes an evolutionary approach to providing joint command centers with the capability to host and operate mission command systems while at home station. The HSMCC technology refresh, the initiative’s first phase, standardizes the disparate, off-the-shelf technology at […]

Faces of the Force: Margaret Balanowski

Faces of the Force: Margaret Balanowski

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Product Director for Army Watercraft Systems, Project Manager for Transportation Systems (PM TS), Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS & CSS) TITLE: Assistant product manager, Maneuver Support Vessel (Light), Landing Craft Mechanized-8 and Research, Development, Test and Evaluation YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 29 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management, life cycle logistics, and business – financial management EDUCATION: M.S. in logistics management administration and master of public administration, Georgia College and State University; B.A. in chemistry and business management, Mary Baldwin University AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (4); Army Superior Unit Award; Detroit Federal Executive Board Employee Recognition as part […]