November Hot Topics

November Hot Topics

Army DACM Office Updates The money is in! The Army received its FY18 Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF) allocation on Oct. 23, 2017. Work with your DAWDF Program Analyst, adjust those spend plans and begin immediate execution of any pre-approved training initiatives! Ethics Training, this is not a drill! Get that requirement knocked out. 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). Overview of Acquisition Ethics (CLM 003) – DAU Continuous Learning Module. Ethics […]

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,” […]

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 […]

Career Navigator: The Individual Development Plan

Career Navigator: The Individual Development Plan

This career basic helps acquisition workforce members keep track of what they need to do and when. By Mr. Robert E. Coultas Jobs in defense acquisition are unlike most others because of the legally mandated training, education and other requirements that employees must fulfill. The central tool for planning and tracking those requirements and compliance with them is the Individual Development Plan (IDP). Fortunately, there’s an app for that, and it’s accessible through the Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS) portal at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. (A Common Access Card is needed to log in.) Acquisition workforce members are required to create and maintain a five-year IDP. While that sounds […]

Owning your battlespace

Owning your battlespace

The AALPC primes program managers for success as acquisition leaders by Craig A. Spisak Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center One of the imperatives for a program manager (PM) to succeed in Army acquisition is that they must own their battlespace. Think of two concentric circles. The inner circle is what a PM is responsible for: What are the resources, what is the timeline, what are the cost effects of these factors on the program and, very specifically, what are the performance attributes that the PM is trying to get out of this particular system? The outer circle consists of things that are outside the PM’s immediate control but could […]

Hate the SRPE?

Hate the SRPE?

Here’s why you should reconsider By Shannon Potter and Wen Lin, Army DACM Office Let’s be honest. Supervisors have a lot of administrative requirements and likely are not looking for more to fill their overflowing plates. So it’s not surprising that the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) mandated in July 2015 for GS 12-15 Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) civilians was met with mixed reviews. But here’s something you might not know: What civilians didn’t have (that the military has had for quite some time) was a tool to help identify and document individuals with future leadership potential—not performance. For the military, this is widely known as the most important part […]

Williamson reflects on 34 years of service

Williamson reflects on 34 years of service

By Tara Clements Just before his retirement in March, we had the opportunity to sit down with Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson and capture some of his reflections after more than 34 years of military service, the last three as the principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, director acquisition career management (DACM) and director of the Army Acquisition Corps. “I think we have a tremendous workforce. I’m convinced that all of our success for delivering programs is tied to people,” said Williamson, emphasizing that it’s all been done during 15 years of continuous war. It’s difficult for people to understand the […]

Tough Choices, Powerful Tool

Tough Choices, Powerful Tool

The Senior Rater Potential Evaluation is key to identifying the AAW’s civilian future leaders. Perspective from the USAASC Director Craig Spisak Nothing that I or any other leader within the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) does is more important than identifying and developing the AAW’s talent. The Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) is one of our best tools for identifying individuals with future leadership potential and documenting that potential. The SRPE provides our civilian acquisition professionals with a view of where opportunities may lie from their senior rater—someone higher up than the person who supervises them on a day-to-day basis. Yes, doing the evaluations is more work for supervisors. But taking […]

Career Navigator: A Plan for Achieving Certification

Career Navigator: A Plan for Achieving Certification

Earning DAWIA certification is challenging but not impossible, and it creates a smarter, stronger acquisition workforce. By Robert E. Coultas There are jobs, and then there are careers. And for those with careers in the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), developing that career means compliance with Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements to complete certification within 24 months of being hired. Getting that certification isn’t rocket science, but it does take a little planning, some effort and an investment of your time. Regardless of the career field, AAW members should have a plan to accomplish required training and establish early on a rhythm of work and training to meet future […]

Fourteen honored with acquisition awards

Fourteen honored with acquisition awards

By Susan L. Follett ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2015) – The Hon. Heidi Shyu, the Army acquisition executive (AAE) and the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, recognized more than a dozen groups and individuals from the acquisition community yesterday, as she announced the winners of the 2015 AAE Excellence in Leadership Awards. The awards represent repeat victories for two of the winners, who were also honored last month by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD(ATL)). “Since 1989, the Corps has provided an elite cadre of highly-skilled, technically-proficient professionals delivering world-class products to our Soldiers,” said Shyu in her […]