Speed Contracting

Speed Contracting

DIUx, DOD’s outreach to the tech community, has developed commercial solutions opening, an OTA mechanism that moves from first contact to final contract in 60 days or less. And DIUx is about to share how to use CSO with the rest of the federal government. by Mr. Michael Bold When Secretary of Defense Ash Carter started the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in August 2015 in a bid to re-establish DOD’s once robust ties to the technology innovation of Silicon Valley, DIUx needed to find a way to move “at the speed of business.” Silicon Valley considered the department a bad customer, if it considered DOD at all. The federal […]

Interservice Integration

Interservice Integration

Construction contracting in Qatar provides a user-level view of acquisition reform, its possibilities and its challenges. by Maj. Michael J. Carroll and Capt. Sarah Lark Acquisition reform generally happens at echelons above reality for most of the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Successful reform is evident only when it begins to take root at levels below the contracting support brigade or below wing-level contracting. One of the most effective of these initiatives is the use of contracting vehicles to support multiple service component contracting offices. This integration can provide quick wins in terms of manpower and cost reduction. However, the process is not as straightforward or as simple as it might seem. […]

Reaching Way Back

Reaching Way Back

The 413th CSB works to strengthen teamwork between CCOs and attorneys—a relationship that’s becoming more important as the military’s operational focus shifts to the Pacific. by Capt. James S. Kim In tomorrow’s ever-shrinking world, U.S. forces will have a continually evolving mission to provide full spectrum military operations across the globe. It is in this dynamic atmosphere that contingency contracting officers (CCOs) find themselves with the unenviable task of juggling the dual missions of supporting garrison contract operations while always maintaining readiness to deploy to a forward area in support of expeditionary, contingency and training operations. In the unique and unpredictable atmosphere of deployed operations, continued and reliable reachback legal […]

Corralling Contracts

Corralling Contracts

Handed new responsibilities, Army Sustainment Command builds services contract management from the ground up. by Mr. Jerome Jastrab Government contracting is indeed a complicated and, at times, perplexing business. It’s an arena governed by the massive Federal Acquisition Regulation, where lack of knowledge and failure to perform due diligence can significantly increase the government’s exposure to cost and performance risks. Imagine you’re building a house and you ask the general contractor how many subcontracts he had open, which companies held them, what type of work the subcontractors were performing and how he would assess the quality of their work. Now imagine his or her response to those questions is, “I’m […]

Let the ‘Total Force’ be with you

Let the ‘Total Force’ be with you

By Ashley Tolbert NORMAN, Okla. – Soldiers from the U.S. Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve gathered on July 21-23 for the Reserve Component Acquisition Training Summit, spending time in workshops and presentations from senior leadership from the Army, Army Reserve and National Guard that stressed the importance of integrating the reserve component and the active component and reinforcing the Total Force Policy within the Army Acquisition Workforce. The Total Force Policy—an ongoing effort to integrate active-duty Soldiers, the Army Reserve and the National Guard into one operational force governed by the same policies and procedures—was originally introduced in 1973 and was most recently revamped in 2012 by […]

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Hubbard

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Hubbard

Position and Unit: Contract specialist, Aviation Logistics Directorate, Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (ACC-Redstone) Years of Service in Workforce: 4 DAWIA Certifications: Level II certified in contracting Education: M.S. in logistics management, M.S. in acquisition and contract management and M.S. in management, the Florida Institute of Technology; B.A. in telecommunications, Alabama A&M University Awards: Coin for excellence from Hon. Heidi Shyu, former assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the Army acquisition executive; coin from Brig. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, then-Program Executive Officer for Missiles and Space   Using SCEP as a stepping stone By Susan L. Follett Cynthia Hubbard used the Student Career […]

Hallock hosts senior leader contracting workshop

Hallock hosts senior leader contracting workshop

By Amanda Jordan KANSAS CITY, Missouri – More than 45 senior leaders and others from across the Army contracting enterprise gathered April 19-21 to attend the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting (PARC) Leadership Workshop hosted by Harry P. Hallock, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for procurement (DASA(P)). The workshop gave Army PARCs the chance to meet with the DASA(P) to address enterprise-wide issues and tackle challenges facing Army contracting. The three-day event also afforded unlimited opportunities for collaboration and training, including an informative dialogue with Claire Grady, director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Other […]

Faces of the Force: Travia Rowe

Faces of the Force: Travia Rowe

COMMAND/ORGANIZATION: Mission Installation and Contracting Command, 419th Contracting Support Brigade TITLE: Administrative officer YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 8 EDUCATION: B.S. in business administration, Franklin University; A.A.S. in business administration with a concentration in banking and finance, Fayetteville Technical Community College AWARDS: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; Commander’s Employee of the Quarter Award; Morale, Welfare and Recreation Employee of the Quarter Award Military spouse changes roles by Susan L. Follett “This time, he followed me.” That’s how Travia Rowe, administrative officer for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) and Army spouse, ended up in her current position—administrative officer with the 419th Contracting Support Brigade […]

FY16 MOS 51C reclassification board results; USAASC announces changes for future boards

FY16 MOS 51C reclassification board results; USAASC announces changes for future boards

By Ashley Tolbert FORT BELVOIR, Va. (March 10, 2016) – The 51C noncommissioned officer (NCO) reclassification board concluded here last month and selected a total of eight candidates for reclassification. USAASC congratulates the following Soldiers for their selection: Staff Sgt. Charles Prihoda Staff Sgt. Tyshaun Carter Staff Sgt. Frances Gaskins Sgt. Dawn Johnson Staff Sgt. William Greenier Sgt. Tianna Proctor Sgt. Krystal Frank Sgt. Debra Stokes This was the only board of the fiscal year convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “This was by far our most competitive board to date, making the decision tough for the board members to […]

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Smith

Faces of the Force: Cynthia Smith

Position and Unit: Contracting Officer, Contracting and Acquisition Management Office, Army Contracting Command-Redstone Years of Service in Workforce: 12 DAWIA Certifications: Level III in contracting and purchasing; Level I in program management Education: M.S. in management with a concentration in contracting and acquisition management, Florida Institute of Technology; B.S. in organizational management, Oakwood University; associate degree in computer information systems, Faulkner University Awards: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command FY12 Competition Award for Outstanding Achievement; Secretary of the Army Excellence in Contracting Outstanding Unit/Team Award; Outstanding Performance Award for participation in the Small Business Innovative Research Program ‘The best decision I ever made’ By Susan L. Follett […]