Just rewards

Just rewards

One of the simplest but most important ways to honor AAW achievements is through awards. In the previous issue of Army AL&T, I discussed different ways in which supervisors can motivate the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), and how they must use the tools available to them to recruit and retain talent. One of the motivators I mentioned was a simple one: recognition. In the office or in the lab or in the field, you’ve seen their hard work, you’ve encouraged their successes, and you want to share those achievements with our broader acquisition community. How do you share that recognition? One vital avenue is to nominate your employees for awards. […]

April hot topics

April hot topics

Army DACM Office Updates: The results are in for FY18 product and project director slating: The Talent Management Board of Directors approved eight product director positions and five project director positions; all selectees are scheduled to report in the spring or summer of 2018. The product and project director’s board is a civilian-only centrally selected board and is one of the major talent management initiatives outlined by the leadership of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, providing an opportunity to select high-performing civilians with leadership potential at the GS-14/15 (or broadband equivalent) level. A complete listing of the FY18 selections is available […]

March hot topics

March hot topics

Army DACM Office Updates ACMAs and lead OAPs met in Orlando, Florida, with the Army DACM Office for a highly productive discussion of the latest developments in the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan and the Army DACM Office and, more importantly, questions and concerns from the field. ACMAs and lead OAPs shared best practices and challenges, as well recommendations on the initiatives the Army DACM Office is working on. A few of the practices shared included an orientation program that provides a “greening opportunity” to civilians new to the AAW; a recognition program using peer nominations; and a crowd favorite, the philosophy and process successfully being implemented […]

FY18 product, project director slating results announced

FY18 product, project director slating results announced

By Norm Hilton FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 14, 2018)—The Talent Management Board of Directors convened Jan. 25 to slate 13 new product and project directors. Jeffrey A. White, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)), presided over the board, which included Craig Spisak, the Army director for acquisition career management (DACM), and program executive officers (PEOs) and deputy PEOs from 12 program offices. The board approved eight product director positions and five project director positions, all of which are scheduled to be filled this summer. The standard tenure for these posts is three years. The Army DACM Office, in coordination with the PEOs, will […]

Army selects 13 acquisition product and project directors

Army selects 13 acquisition product and project directors

By Norm Hilton FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 5, 2018)—Thirteen candidates from the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) were selected as the Army’s next product and project directors from the FY 2018 centralized selection boards held Oct. 30 – Nov. 3 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The civilian-only, centrally selected product and project director board is a high-priority talent management initiative for Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, the principal military deputy to the Army acquisition executive and the director of the AAC. Its purpose is to identify high-performing civilians with the leadership potential required to fill civilian product and project director positions commensurate with their military counterparts to ensure the Army acquisition community provides […]

A look at leader development: A Pacific point of view

A look at leader development: A Pacific point of view

By Tara Clements More than a month after returning from our first TDY deployment to Korea and Hawaii with the DOD Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), I pulled out my journal to review my notes. It’s astounding to revisit the ground and content our cohort covered in two short weeks. The trip was intense—a tight schedule, long hours and tedious travel across multiple time zones. It also provided exclusive access to general officers and members of the Senior Executive Service, and a behind-the-scenes look at the warfighter’s environment that helped all of us better understand DOD’s purpose in the Pacific. It also gave me context around some of the “Beltway […]

DACM Newsletter details assessment results

DACM Newsletter details assessment results

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Jan. 24, 2018)—We heard what you said, and we’re doing something about it. The January 2018 issue of the DACM Newsletter outlines the results of the 2017 AAW Competency and Career Development Assessment and matches those results to steps we’re taking. Be sure to check out the two-page spread to find out where we stand on several key issues, including onboarding, leadership competencies and career development. Also featured in this month’s issue are columns on leadership coaching—FYI: it’s not what you think it is—and the importance of joining the Army Acquisition Corps, as well as the Proponency Officer’s rundown of important educational developments. Think you missed an […]

JANUARY HOT TOPICS

JANUARY HOT TOPICS

Army DACM Office Updates We’re hitting the road again! A series of meetings will be held in concert in Orlando February 6-8, 2018 including the ACMA and Lead OAP meeting, the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP) Council, and the Army Acquisition Functional Leaders/Army Acquisition Functional Advisors (AAFL/AAFA) Summit (the first of its kind). These meetings are a way for the Army DACM Office to connect face-to-face with our many partners and leaders at tactical, operational, and strategic levels. As always, we hope to hear from the field and collaborate best practices between commands/organizations. In Case You Missed It: Stay in the know! Check out the January […]

Are you relevant?

Are you relevant?

By Mr. Michael Bold   DAWIA requires career-long education for AAW members; it’s up to you to make the most of it. “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” ― Albert Einstein And if you’re a member of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), intellectual growth in the form of continuous learning is just as it sounds―continuous. When the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) became law in 1990, it envisioned a professional acquisition workforce that was not only well-educated in the acquisition process, but also constantly upgraded that education. The Continuous Learning Policy was enacted to make certain that, for members of the AAW, education was […]