Army selects acquisition product and project directors

Army selects acquisition product and project directors

By Tara Clements and Jack Kendall FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Nineteen candidates from the Army Acquisition Corps were selected from the fiscal year 2016 product and project director centralized selection boards held Jan. 14 and Feb. 3, 2016, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This was the second year for a product director centralized selection board and the first year for the project director centralized selection board. A talent management board of directors met Feb. 24 to approve the positions for the newly-selected product and project directors. Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), presided over the board consisting of Craig A. Spisak, deputy Army DACM, and the […]

April 2016 Hot Topics

April 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office continue efforts to develop and staff an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan (HCSP). Human capital planning is our systematic and collaborative process for looking forward to anticipate workforce gaps and provide solutions to recruit, develop and retain a highly skilled, engaged AAW over the next five years. Ongoing efforts include final design of the HCSP for staffing and approval in April 2016, and then communicating and collaborating on the HCSP with […]

March 2016 Hot Topics

March 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF) FY17 Plan is open until May 15. DAU’s Mission Assistance can help you prepare for the future to keep your acquisitions on track – offering help through Acquisition Workshops, Consulting Services, and Individual Focus. Visit their website to learn more on how they can help you. Have a question about your career? IDP? SRPE? Ask Ellie! The first virtual acquisition career guide, Ellie, is an avatar that will be able to help you navigate questions regarding acquisition career management. This marks Ellie’s initial appearance–she will continue to evolve, but in this first phase, we encourage you to interact […]

February 2016 Hot Topics

February 2016 Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE The Army DACM Office re-emphasizes the requirement to complete 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) within the two-year cycle, which ends Sept. 30. We are now in FY16 Quarter 2, and the glide path suggests having 50 CLPs by the end of this quarter. Are you on track? The new Onboarding website has been available for a couple of months now. If you are new to the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), we strongly suggest visiting this webpage. The January edition of the DACM Newsletter contains articles on the AAW Strategic Human Capital Plan, Training with Industry and Advanced Civil Schooling selectees, and a new subscription tool […]

It’s all in the delivery

It’s all in the delivery

Army small business director Tommy Marks seeks to build on a strong foundation with four program pillars—mission, compliance, outreach and training—in line with Better Buying Power principles. The objective: to cultivate and sustain a broad and diverse base of small businesses that can deliver needed capabilities to the warfighter. Since he left college in 1977, Tommy Marks, director of the Army’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), hasn’t had a job that wasn’t related to the Army. “It’s been all Army,” he said, and that includes 24 years on active duty. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2001, and spent time as a defense contractor working for the Army, […]

December Army DACM Hot Topics

December Army DACM Hot Topics

FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE This is the last month to fulfill your calendar year 2015 annual ethics training requirement (see details in the October Army DACM Newsletter). CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES Closing soon: The Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program nomination window opened on November 12 for second-quarter classes. This announcement closes December 10. FY16 Product Director Centralized Selection Board opened October 26. It closes December 17. The FY17 Winter Military Acquisition Position List (MAPL) review key dates: FY17 Command Input window opens November 9 and closes December 11. FY17 Winter MAPL Review Board is Jan. 25-29, 2016. Open now: The Training with Industry announcement for noncommissioned officers is open through Jan. […]

Getting out of the box: New prep course offers insight for Army acquisition leaders

Getting out of the box: New prep course offers insight for Army acquisition leaders

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 24, 2015) – Last week, 29 current and future managers from across the Army acquisition workforce attended the second Army Acquisition Leader Preparation Course (AALPC) in Arlington, Virginia. The course is designed to generate thought and discussion about a host of challenges that future acquisition leaders will likely face when they get into their new jobs, and learn from accomplished leaders and seasoned practitioners who have faced similar challenges. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, the Army director, acquisition career management (DACM) developed the course and launched the pilot earlier this year. Early on in his role as the director of career management for the […]

November Army DACM Hot Topics

November Army DACM Hot Topics

Hot Topics – November 3, 2015 By Marti Giella Hot Topics is a monthly breakdown of current news, important dates and updates affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) in the next 30 to 60 days. Look for a new edition the first Tuesday of every month from the Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM). Here’s what’s hot for November: FROM THE ARMY DACM OFFICE As a reminder, the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation policy took effect just over a month ago. This policy affects the entire Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), starting with those at the GS-14 level. Read the policy, FAQs and other materials to learn more […]

Hot Topics 2.0

Hot Topics 2.0

Army DACM Office introduces Hot Topics 2.0 By Tara Clements and Marti Giella FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Hot Topics is back, providing a monthly breakdown of current news, important dates and updates affecting the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). Developed by the Office of the Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM), Hot Topics 2.0 is designed to provide the AAW an overview of what’s new related to acquisition careers, current training opportunities and changes, as well as a look at new opportunities on the horizon. “We understand how challenging it is to stay on track with all of the opening and closing dates for career opportunities—especially given our […]

New professional development guidelines out for contracting NCOs

New professional development guidelines out for contracting NCOs

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 23, 2015) – New professional development guidelines for noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who specialize in Army contracting are outlined in the revised version of the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Guide, released earlier this month. “This is the first major revision in the last couple of years and something everyone in our community should be aware of,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief proponent NCO for the Army contracting community, or Military Occupational Specialty 51C. More than 500 pages outline career development guidelines for all Army NCOs—from staff sergeants through master sergeants—in DA PAM 600-25, published Sept. 11. But for anyone in the […]