Leader development program offers unique experience for civilians

Leader development program offers unique experience for civilians

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 25, 2014) – Five members of the 2014 Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) were recognized at a graduation ceremony April 18, marking their completion of the three-year developmental program that provides expanded training through a series of educational, leader development and broadening assignments for members of the Army acquisition workforce. “This is a great day to celebrate achievements in the Army,” said Craig Spisak, director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and host for the ceremony. Spisak was a member of the very first CDG/AAF program, and recalled his experiences from nearly 20 years ago. “In April 1997, I got […]

MOS 51C reclassification extends application window, opens eligibility requirement

MOS 51C reclassification extends application window, opens eligibility requirement

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 4, 2017) – The deadline to submit applications for this year’s military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C reclassification board has been extended to June 21, 2017, and Soldiers with 10 to 13 years of service may now be considered. This will be the only reclassification board for the year, prompting changes to the time in service requirement and the application extension to provide eligible noncommissioned officers (NCOs) as much time as possible to apply. Previously, NCOs with more than 10 years of experience weren’t eligible for reclassification. “We are extending the deadline to ensure that we are getting the best and brightest for the […]

Career Navigator: A Plan for Achieving Certification

Career Navigator: A Plan for Achieving Certification

Earning DAWIA certification is challenging but not impossible, and it creates a smarter, stronger acquisition workforce. By Robert E. Coultas There are jobs, and then there are careers. And for those with careers in the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), developing that career means compliance with Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements to complete certification within 24 months of being hired. Getting that certification isn’t rocket science, but it does take a little planning, some effort and an investment of your time. Regardless of the career field, AAW members should have a plan to accomplish required training and establish early on a rhythm of work and training to meet future […]

Learning to Take the Lead

Learning to Take the Lead

A new class of DAU Senior Service College Fellowship graduates in May, fresh from an intense, 10-month look at the whole Army and what’s at stake for acquisition leaders. by James R. Oman, Col., USA (Ret.) For the past 10 years, Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU ) Senior Service College Fellowship (SSCF) has provided civilian acquisition professionals with leadership education that, before the inception of the fellowship, had only been available to military personnel. SSCF traces its beginnings to 2005, when the late Hon. Claude M. Bolton Jr., assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)), and Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Yakovac Jr., principal military deputy to the […]

March 2017 Hot Topics

March 2017 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The results of the FY17 Civilian Product Director and Project Director Board are coming soon! The Talent Management Board of Directors met Feb. 24 and recommended the FY17 product director (GS-14) and FY17 project director (GS-15) slate for approval by the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM). Tentative slating is scheduled for release in mid-March. There are 15 product director positions and one project director position for FY17. Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is rolling out a new and improved .mil portal with a new look and feel. It will be released in three phases: Phase I was launched in February, Phase II will be launched […]

February 2017 Hot Topics

February 2017 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE CONGRATULATIONS! Six Army acquisition professionals were deemed “pre-qualified” for chief developmental tester key leadership positions (KLPs) during the December DOD Joint KLP Test and Evaluation Qualification Board. Learn more about how the Army is identifying KLPs. Roger Breece, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Christopher Jais, Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors Megan Jais, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command Melanie Loncarich, Office of the Secretary of the Army Joseph Parrish, RDECOM Jeannie Sommer, RDECOM UPDATES Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP) Check out the new enhancements to CAMP that make it easier to map your acquisition goals and objectives. Click […]

Fill In Those Blanks

Fill In Those Blanks

By Sue Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Setting up your calendar for 2017? Take a few minutes to read the latest issue of the DACM Newsletter and find out the most effective ways to fill in all that white space: courses and developmental opportunities designed to help you do your job more effectively. Posted today, the newsletter outlines IDEAL, a pilot program for leader development for GS-12s and GS-13s. It also provides dates and information on upcoming sessions of the DACM’s most popular programs, including AALPC and DAU-SSCF. Maybe you don’t see a training program that fits exactly what your organization needs? Consider DAWDF—a program that provides funding for programs that improve […]

December 2016 Hot Topics

December 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE ANNUAL ETHICS TRAINING As of Nov. 30, only 35.9 percent of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) had completed the annual ethics training requirement. CAPPMIS will only capture ethics completion if an AAW professional has either CLM 003, ETH003, MAN-ETH16, 2016 Acquisition Ethics, or the word “Ethics” in the course title from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016. Less than 30 days remain to ensure the AAW meets this Office of the Secretary of Defense mandate. CENTRALIZED CIVILIAN SELECTION BOARDS On Dec. 1, the product director centralized selection board convened at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to review 46 NH-04/GS-14 equivalent broadband/pay-band AAW […]

DAU Senior Service College Fellows complete Program Manager’s Course

DAU Senior Service College Fellows complete Program Manager’s Course

By Kristine Faria The Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) program marked a high point in November as the current class graduated from the Program Manager’s Course, also known as PMT 401. Designed to strengthen the analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills of senior acquisition leaders, PMT 401 uses a case study approach, asking students to analyze cases that represent contemporary acquisition program challenges and dilemmas. During the course, required by law for Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) program managers (PMs), participants applied their knowledge of the acquisition environment and deepened their understanding of acquisition principles and practices. Speakers, team projects, media training and leadership simulations enriched the […]

Senior leaders offer guidance to future acquisition leaders at AALPC

Senior leaders offer guidance to future acquisition leaders at AALPC

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 22, 2016) – The fourth Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) concluded last week, with 33 students from across the Army Acquisition Workforce in attendance at Arlington, Virginia. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, the Army director for acquisition career management (DACM), developed the course and launched the pilot in April 2015. He kicked off the November course speaking to students about what to expect in their new roles. “Learn and understand what it takes to get from A to Z,” said Williamson. “Our job is to deliver capability to our Soldiers and sometimes it’s a bumpy ride. The way that you can help is […]