October DACM Newsletter kicks off FY18

October DACM Newsletter kicks off FY18

Ms. Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (October 20, 2017) — Start the fiscal new year off on the right foot, career-wise: The October issue of the DACM Newsletter is filled with articles, recommendations and links to help you square away your FY18 requirements and identify opportunities to expand your skill set and help you do your job better. Talent Management Branch Chief Jack Kendall offers a handful of tips for career success, and Scott Greene, chief of the Leader Development Branch, spells out dates and eligibility requirements for some of the AAW’s most sought-after programs. Joan Sable files a progress report on the Human Capital Strategic Plan, and Maj. […]

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 […]

Army DACM Office hosts first career summit

Army DACM Office hosts first career summit

Army DACM Office hosts first career summit By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 20, 2017) – The U.S. Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office took to the road Sept. 6-7 to break down the basics of career management to the nearly 2,000 Army acquisition professionals at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland. “We are a business of people,” Gary Martin, program executive officer for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical, said during the opening session. “Today’s session is about you and the business of acquisition workforce development.” “Army Acquisition Workforce Summit: Back to Basics” included two general sessions and eight breakouts over two days at APG-North and APG-South. […]

September hot topics

September hot topics

September hot topics Army DACM Office Updates Coming soon to your neck of the woods—Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Summit: Back to Basics pilot at Aberdeen Proving Ground – North and Aberdeen Proving Ground – South Sept. 6-7. The summit provides an overview of the AAW composition, an understanding of how the Army DACM Office can assist the workforce, and what opportunities, resources and tools are available to help AAW members manage their career development. For questions on the summit or to schedule one at your organization, please email us. Looking for a new challenge? The Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) / Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) programs prepare Army senior civilians […]

AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan: Year one

AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan: Year one

More than 30 initiatives are underway, and we’re just getting started. by Ms. Joan L. Sable October 2017 marks the completion of the first year of a five-year Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP), led by the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office, an office dedicated to you and your acquisition career. This plan is a key component to support human capital management efforts and the Army’s No. 1 priority: readiness. Together, we have a responsibility to ensure that our AAW maintains a competitive edge and can face any challenge. This investment in the AAW is supported by your senior acquisition leadership. Lt. Gen. Paul […]

Nominations for Excellence in Contracting Awards now being accepted

Nominations for Excellence in Contracting Awards now being accepted

By Susan Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Aug. 31, 2017)—When it comes to recognizing top talent, football has the Pro Bowl, baseball the All Star Game and Hollywood the Oscars. The Army contracting world has the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting (SAAEC). Presented annually since 1997, the awards recognize exemplary organizations and individuals—those who excel in customer satisfaction, productivity, process improvement and quality enhancement. Nominations are being accepted for this year’s awards and must be submitted by Sept. 19. Winners will be announced later this fall. Nominees must have made contributions between May 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. All Army service component commands, direct reporting units, […]

FY17 MOS 51C reclassification board results

FY17 MOS 51C reclassification board results

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Aug 24, 2017)—The 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board concluded here last month and selected six candidates for reclassification. U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection: Staff Sgt. Tony Badger Sgt. Adrian Baladad Sgt. Josephine Bergren Staff Sgt. Henry Caldera Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Garza Sgt. Amanda Payton This was the only board of the fiscal year convened by the USAASC and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. Selectees and non-selectees soon will receive an email with post-board guidance. Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce.  

Two contracting NCOs selected to earn advanced degrees

Two contracting NCOs selected to earn advanced degrees

By Tristin Maximilian FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Two noncommissioned officers (NCOs) have been selected for the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program, offering the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in acquisition and business disciplines at civilian universities. “The Army offers so many untapped opportunities to service members. There truly is no other program for enlisted service members like ACS,” said Staff. Sgt. Kailey Good-Hallahan, one of the selectees. She will pursue an MBA with a focus on supply chain and operations at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in the next year. Good-Hallahan  serves as a contracting NCO for the 715th Senior Contingency Contracting Team at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. “Being able to […]

Just in time doesn’t always work with training and jobs

Just in time doesn’t always work with training and jobs

  By Scott Greene Chief, Leader Development Branch While instant gratification is what people often seek, if you look for that with regard to certain education, training and high-level jobs within the acquisition community, you’ll surely be left behind. Most advanced training comes with prerequisite training, while most jobs come with a long list of implied previous types of positions and responsibilities. The key is to recognize this seemingly obvious fact as early in your acquisition career as possible and PLAN AHEAD. Training It might be hard to do, but try to think of what advanced training you might want to take further along in your acquisition career. Just as […]

“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 […]