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 […]

Tools for talent

Tools for talent

By Mr. Craig Spisak, Director, Acquisition Career Management There are many ways to motivate our Army Acquisition Workforce Our work as Army acquisition professionals involves everything from helicopters to radios, tanks to software, body armor to missiles, and so much more. But at the end of the day, it really is all about talent management: finding a way to put the right person in the right job at the right time. There are a number of tools that have long been available for what we call the three R’s: recruiting, retention and relocation. We also have some relatively new tools, such as expedited hiring and direct-hire authority. The new year […]

December hot topics

December hot topics

Army DACM Office Updates Ethics training: It’s the final countdown! Seriously, it’s time to get it done. The 2017 annual ethics training requirement is due Dec. 31, so if you don’t want to spend your New Year’s Eve doing your training, then get it done now. One last time, here are your options:  Attend any installation or organizational judge advocate general-sponsored ethics training (ETH 004). Complete the DAU continuous learning module Overview of Acquisition Ethics (CLM 003). Complete the DAU continuous learning module Ethics at Work (HBS 415). Watch the 16-minute DAU on-line ethics video at https://media.dau.mil/media/Ethics+and+Leadership/0_1kc6s9ge/62925211 (ETH 004). Once the requirement  is complete, be sure to capture it in […]

Army acquisition earns a trifecta in DOD awards

Army acquisition earns a trifecta in DOD awards

By Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Dec. 1, 2017)—The undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)) has announced the 2017 Defense Acquisition Workforce Achievement Awards, and the Army garnered three: two individual awards and one group honor. “It is important that we continue to recognize the outstanding contributions of our acquisition, technology and logistics professionals who are critical in supporting our warfighter and the defense mission,” said USD(AT&L) Ellen M. Lord, who announced the awards. Valerie Clinkenbeard, acquisition liaison manager for the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, received the Individual Achievement Award in Facilities Engineering. Clinkenbeard is responsible for the management of all pre-award activities of […]

A look at leader development: Grace under pressure

A look at leader development: Grace under pressure

By Tara Clements I remember very clearly answering a phone call from my director late December 2016 and being stunned at the news: I had been selected to represent the Army for the 2018 DOD Executive Leader Development Program (ELDP). Fast forward to October 2017: I found myself in Southbridge, Massachusetts, gaining not only the education needed to continue to grow as a DOD civilian, but the experience, too. Over the next eight months, I’ll share my experiences with ELDP to provide a ‘peek behind the curtain’ in an effort to show others what this leader development program is like. My hope is that by sharing my experience, it answers […]

Sign me up, Coach!

Sign me up, Coach!

by Joyce Junior Eighteen colleagues from the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) recently completed the first ever Coaching Pilot Program, offered by the Army Director of Career Management (DACM) Office and launched in June 2017. The participants were partnered with experienced and certified executive coaches and met regularly through the end of September. This pilot and talent management initiative is in accord with the AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP), and participants included AAW members from the Army DACM Office, the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Soldier and the PEO for Enterprise Information Systems. The pilot included both group and individual sessions. Eighteen people participated in individual coaching and 15 participated […]

Career Navigator: Where is the What?

Career Navigator: Where is the What?

In the absence of a single, unifying intranet, knowing where to find key resources is the next best thing. by Mr. Steve Stark When I came onboard as senior editor of Army AL&T magazine and a government employee in January 2016, I was surprised by just how different being a civil servant was from being an employee of private industry, even though I’d worked as a government contractor for almost 15 years. One of the biggest differences in the federal workplace is the lack of an employee intranet. For many companies, the employee intranet is very literally where everything is or is connected to. “There are a lot of resources,” […]

HCSP: A road map to get where we want to go

HCSP: A road map to get where we want to go

USAASC PERSPECTIVE From the director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Community-built plan to take care of the acquisition workforce and, by extension, the Soldiers it serves  “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” —Lewis Carroll Hesitant as I am to juxtapose “Alice in Wonderland” and the Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP), there’s a lesson for us here. Determining where we want to end up is why we developed the HCSP. Although we have an incredible amount of activity at the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) focused on taking care of people—to get them scheduled for classes, assess competencies, provide […]

October Hot Topics

October Hot Topics

Happy New [Fiscal] Year! Army DACM Office Updates  New fiscal year, new ethics training. Get that requirement knocked out early so you don’t spend your New Year’s Eve working on it. The 2017 Annual ethics training requirement is due Dec. 31. Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) members are required to complete some form of ethics training every calendar year. Here are your options: Attend any installation or organizational judge advocate general-sponsored ethics training (ETH 004). Complete Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU) Overview of Acquisition Ethics Continuous Learning Module (CLM 003). Complete DAU’s Ethics at Work Continuous Learning Module (HBS 415). Watch DAU’s 16-minute online Ethics Video (ETH 004). Once the ethics training […]