Contracting Career Requirement

Contracting Career Program Office (CP-14)

Q: Does an employee who is currently holding a non-acquisition position within DoD, but held a GS-1102 position within DoD in 1999, have to meet the new educational requirements of 10 U.S.C. § 1724?
A: No. This current DoD employee occupied a GS-1102 position on or before September 30, 2000; therefore, he/she is excluded from this new requirement. The key factor in this case is that the employee is a CURRENT DoD employee. If the employee were not a current DoD employee (i.e., civilian agency employee) they would not meet the criteria.

Q: May a current DoD employee holding a non-acquisition position be considered for a GS-1102 position within DoD, without ever having held a GS-1102 or equivalent military position and without meeting the new educational requirements of 10 U.S.C. § 1724?
A: No, absent a waiver. This individual must meet the new educational requirements of 10 U.S.C. § 1724 in order to be qualified and considered for the position. While there is a waiver provision for current DoD employees, we anticipate that it will be used only in rare instances (e.g. shortage of highly qualified candidates, and similar situations) where the individual possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated job performance and qualifying experience. Since, in our example, the individual has never held a GS-1102 position, it is unlikely that he or she will meet the standard required for a waiver. We recommend that Component Career Acquisition Boards establish and publish standard criteria and procedures for use of the waiver.

Q: Does a retired and/or separated military member, who occupied a position with an occupational specialty similar to the GS-1102 series on or before September 30, 2000, have to meet the new educational requirements of 10 U.S.C. § 1724 when applying for a GS-1102 position within DoD?
A: Yes. With respect to applying for civilian positions within DoD, the retired or separated military member would be considered a “new entrant” (vice a “current employee”).

Q: Does a current member of the armed forces who occupied a position with an occupational specialty similar to the GS-1102 series, on or before 30 September 2000, have to meet the new educational requirements of 10 U.S.C. § 1724 when applying for a GS-1102 position within DoD?
A: No. The current member of the armed forces, like the current DoD employee, is excluded from the requirement. (The individual must be a current member of the armed forces on the date when he/she files an application for the GS-1102 position)

Q: Does a current federal employee occupying a GS-1102 position in any agency outside of DoD, have to meet the new educational requirements of 10 U.S.C. § 1724?
A: . With respect to applying for GS-1102 positions within DoD, the non-DoD employee is considered a “new entrant” and must meet the new educational requirements.

Q: Does a current federal employee occupying an 1102 position in any agency outside of DOD, have to meet the educational requirements of Title 10 USC 1724?
A: Yes. Non-DOD federal employees are considered “new entrants” and must meet the educational requirements.

Q:Does a DoD employee who is not currently holding a GS-1102 position within DoD, but who held a GS-1102 position in any agency outside of DoD on or before September 30, 2000, have to meet the new educational requirements of 10 U.S.C. § 1724?
A: No. The law states that in order to meet an exception to the educational requirement, the individual must be a DoD employee who occupied a GS-1102 position on or before September 30, 2000; therefore, he/she is excluded from this new requirement. It does not specify that the GS-1102 experience be within DoD.

Q: Where do activities go for waivers?
A:The law (10 U.S.C. § 1724(d)) authorizes the acquisition career program board concerned to issue waivers. Each Military Department manages its waiver authority through its Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) office. For Defense activities outside the Military Departments (known as the Fourth Estate), the Director of Acquisition Education, Training, and Career Development, the Office of USDA(A), is the DACM. It is the responsibility of management, not the employee, to obtain the waiver needed to hire/promote/reassign/change to lower grade.

Q: Is a waiver required in order to place a PPP referral who does not meet the new educational requirements of 10 U.S.C. § 1724?
A:Yes. Before making a formal PPP offer, the appropriate Acquisition Career Program Board must approve a waiver. Waivers are processed under established DoD and Component procedures.

Q:What effects do the new qualification requirements of 10 U.S.C. § 1724 have on employees registering in the DoD Priority Placement Program?
A:None. The Section 824 amendments to10 U.S.C. § 1724 do not require any changes to the already existing procedures for PPP registration and placement. You can find these procedures in the PPP Operations Manual, Chapter 3, Section G.6. and Chapter 4, Section D.3.c.

Q:Are temporary and term appointments held to the same qualification requirements of 10 U.S.C. § 1724?
A:Yes. 10 U.S.C. § 1724 does not distinguish between temporary, term, or permanent positions.