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 […]

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, […]