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 […]

HCSP virtual town hall a big success

HCSP virtual town hall a big success

With more than 1,000 participants signing in from across the country, Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director for acquisition career management (DACM), hosted a live, virtual town hall forum via milSuite on Oct. 20, addressing more than 40 questions from the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) regarding the recently launched AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). The forum featured a lively exchange of questions, feedback and ideas between Williamson and the AAW. Some of the topics that were covered included: Strengthening the alignment between Career Programs and Acquisition Career Fields. Understanding selection board ratings and determinations. Mentoring. Addressing capability gaps created by the anticipated increase in the retirement rate. Employee […]

Army DACM Office Launches Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan

Army DACM Office Launches Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan

FT. BELVOIR, Va. (October 13, 2016) – The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office released the Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan (AAW HCSP) today. This five-year plan focuses on improving the readiness of the Army’s 37,000 acquisition professionals. Over the past year, representative stakeholders from across the AAW met to identify, understand, and address the greatest strengths and challenges facing the AAW. The plan that emerged focuses on the following five key themes: workforce planning; professional development; leadership development; employee engagement; and communication and collaboration. The AAW HCSP establishes clearly defined goals, objectives and initiatives, institutionalizing an enduring human capital planning process for the entire AAW. […]

Investing in People

Investing in People

By valuing individual and group potential, the Human Capital Strategic Plan points the way to success for the Army Acquisition Workforce From the Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Human capital, talent, human resources, personnel, staff—these are all names that we use to describe the workforce inside an organization. But what’s in a name? It’s not so much the terminology but rather the evolving mindset behind the organization’s operations that count. That mindset must take a more holistic view of the workforce, individually and collectively. It must consider their knowledge, talent, skills, abilities, experience, intelligence, training, judgment and wisdom. When people are valued and treated as assets rather than expenses, […]

A Ready Acquisition Workforce

A Ready Acquisition Workforce

The Human Capital Strategic Plan: What does it mean for you? by Ms. Joan L. Sable Shaped by two important factors—the Army priority of readiness and the Army acquisition executive’s philosophy of people, products and processes—the U.S. Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office has spent the past several months building the Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP), formalizing processes to sustain an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) that can provide our Soldiers with world-class equipment and services, now and in the future. The HCSP emphasizes people as the enablers for the competencies, commitment and values that position the AAW to best contribute to mission readiness. It is this strategic focus […]

October 2016 Hot Topics

October 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE ANNUAL ETHICS TRAINING REQUIREMENT There are fewer than 90 calendar days for you to complete the annual ethics requirement mandated for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. There are a few ways to complete this training: 1. Take one of the two online courses available through the iCatalog. The available courses are CLM 003 (Overview of Acquisition Ethics) and HBS 415 (Ethics at Work). Important note: You can get credit for CLM 003 only once in a two-year CLP CLP cycle; the new cycle began Oct. 1, 2016. 2. Take the course in person when your command or garrison offers it locally. Contact your training coordinator or […]

Advocate for Innovation

Advocate for Innovation

Ordered to attend the yearlong resident course at CGSC, an acquisition officer thought his career advancement was totally derailed. Instead, the course was life-altering, providing unexpected insight—and a determination to change the status quo in acquisition. by Maj. Andrew Miller My first reaction, when I saw that I’d been selected to attend the yearlong resident course of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in 2015-16, was that it made absolutely no sense to send me. I was one month into my first acquisition assignment and would have to leave my project office after a year. Additionally, I was living on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and could have attended […]

September 2016 Hot Topics

September 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE There is less than ONE MONTH left for Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals to complete the requirement for 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) in a two-year cycle. The deadline is Sept. 30. If you have any questions, please ask your supervisor or your Organizational Acquisition POC (OAP). The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is responsible for communicating compliance to the undersecretary for defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USD(AT&L)). The purpose of this policy is to ensure that our acquisition professionals develop and stay current in leadership and functional acquisition skills that augment the minimum education, training and experience standards established for […]

August 2016 Hot Topics

August 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE There are less than two months left for Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals to complete the requirement for 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) in a two-year cycle. The deadline is Sept. 30. If you have any questions, please ask your supervisor or your organizational acquisition point of contact (OAP). The Army DACM Office is responsible for tracking and reporting compliance to the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)). Failure to complete CLPs during the two-year cycle can affect your ability to qualify for Army DACM Office acquisition career development opportunities. AAW ANNUAL ETHICS TRAINING While we’re on the topic […]

Outstanding contracting efforts? Send in nominations for SAAEC Awards

Outstanding contracting efforts? Send in nominations for SAAEC Awards

By Michael Bold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 27, 2016) — Nominations are being accepted for the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting (SAAEC), presented annually since 1997 to recognize the outstanding contracting efforts of organizations and individuals, civilian and military. These prestigious awards are presented only to those entrants whose accomplishments and abilities elevate them above the best in the field across the Army. The nomination period closes at midnight ET on Sept. 2, and the award winners will be announced in the fall. Nominees must have made or culminated contributions between May 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016. All Army service component commands, direct reporting units, […]