• Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Education and training opportunities

     

    By USAASC Acquistion, Education and Training Branch

     

    FY14 Acquisition Education and Training (AET) Announcements
    The FY14 schedule for acquisition, training and education (AET) opportunities is final. All AET opportunities, except for the Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP), will be announced through the Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS).

    To access AAPDS, login at the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP) and click on “Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System” (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select the “AAPDS” tab, and then “Application Module.” Click on “Apply” and view all available Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) available opportunities.

    For information on any program, go to the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) website and click on “Career”.

    FY14 AET Schedule:

    *NOTE: ALCP will not be announced using AAPDS. Please contact your command or organization acquisition career management advocate or organizational acquisition point of contact to obtain a command allocation.

    Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP): The ATAP FY14 announcement will open April 28 and close May 26, 2014.

    The Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows announcement is on hold for FY14. Because of the current hiring freeze, we have been unable to bring new fellows on board from the FY13 Announcement. If and when the hiring freeze is lifted, we will first work toward finalizing the FY13 board results prior to conducting another announcement.

    The Defense Acquisition University-Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) announcement will open Jan. 29 and close April 2, 2014. REMINDER: applicants need to complete Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course prior to the start of the Fellowship.

    The Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program (DCELP) announcement will open May 5 and close June 13, 2014. These dates are tentative as this is a DOD scheduled program and DOD has not provided specific dates.

    The Excellence in Government Fellows (EIGF) announcement will open June 12, 2014 and close July 15.

    The Naval Post Graduate School-Masters of Science in Program Management (NPS-PM) announcement will open Feb. 3, 2014 and close March 18.

    There will not be a School of Choice (SOC) announcement in FY14 due to the current fiscal environment. Should a command have an urgent need to send a high performing workforce member to obtain his/her bachelor or master’s degree during duty-time, please contact Scott Greene, AET Branch Chief, to discuss options.

    Having trouble keeping the dates straight? All of the opening and closing dates noted above are also posted to the USAASC Events Calendar.

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    DAU Class Status during Government Shutdown: DAU resumed classes on Oct. 8, 2013 and made every attempt to support all classes originally scheduled for week of Oct. 7, conducting 22 of the 32 scheduled offerings. For classes that started prior to the government shutdown, DAU will make every effort to reschedule the classes, but that is not guaranteed. Students in the cancelled offerings will receive priority preference to reapply to the rescheduled offering(s). We recommend students reapply to the classes available in their next cost-effective location. Because of reduced DAU travel funding for FY14, USAASC will only fund Priority 1 and 2 travel to cost effective locations at this time.

    Registering for FY14 courses. The FY14 schedule has been available for student registration since May 16, 2013. Planning and applying early will afford students a better opportunity in obtaining a class in the timeframe requested. Students may apply using AITAS.

    Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Applications cannot be processed until the supervisor approves the training request in Army Training Requirements (ATRRS) and AITAS. Students should view the DAU iCatalog to ensure they meet the prerequisite(s), prior to applying to a DAU course. Workforce members and their supervisors should plan their training and ensure they have adequate time to complete prerequisite training prior to attend the follow-on course. Reservations for follow-on courses are cancelled if prerequisite requirements are not met.

    It is imperative the student and supervisor’s email addresses are correctly listed in the AITAS student profile. For more information on DAU training to include, systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, please visit USAASC’s DAU Training webpage.

    DAU Training Best Practices: Here are some key points for how students can better prepare for a DAU resident course:

    • Reduce lag time between taking part A (online prerequisite) and part B (resident)
    • Review prerequisite materiel prior to attending a follow-on resident portion.
    • Review course objectives (available in the DAU iCatalog) prior to attending class.
    • Consult with instructors prior to class on their recommendations to ensure success.
    • Reach out to instructors and fellow peers during class time for further assistance.
    • Prepare by reading and having a general overview of the class materials before the beginning of each class.
    • Study nightly and review notes in the morning before class.

    Program Manager’s and Executive Program Manager’s Course: The two courses, also known as PMT 401 and 402 are statutorily required for program executive officers, deputy program executive officers, and program managers/deputy program managers of acquisition category (ACAT) I and II programs. Board-selected ACAT I or II program managers should attend the course prior to beginning their assignment. PEO, DPEOs, DPMs must complete the mandatory training 36 months from encumbering their position. Please work with your command and supervisor to ensure attendance in the required training. High potential Level III acquisition professionals in O-5, GS-14 or above, with extensive experience in acquisition, including four years in or directly supporting a program, may participate in space-available slots. Each fiscal year, the Army receives a limited allocation of seats in selected offerings. More details of the course available on the DAU’s iCatalog.

    A weekly low-fill listing, posted weekly on DAU’s website, allows students the opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low-fill classes within 60 days from the start date of the class are available on a first-come, first-served basis for students priority 2 and 40 days for priority three to five students. Please remember that even if a class is on the low-fill list, students must choose the designated cost-effective location for their training.

    All requests, including submission of the travel worksheet (for students approved for DAU funding), should be completed no later than 15 days prior to the start date of the course. Students who do not submit a travel worksheet earlier than 15 days prior to class start date may not be guaranteed central funding for their TDY. Students may start their travel order as early as 60 days prior to the start date of the course.

    FY14 Certification Changes: DOD Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) career field certification standards are implemented on Oct. 1 of each fiscal year. FY14 changes are outlined in the following table. The eleven changes are effective for the respective certification career fields on Oct. 1, 2013. For career fields not listed in the table, there are no approved changes to date. To view the most current career field certification standards required for your current acquisition position, please access DAU’s iCatalog.


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  • Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Education and training opportunities

     

    By USAASC Acquistion, Education and Training Branch

     

    Continuous Learning Points (CLP) Glide Path
    Each Acquisition Workforce member must obtain 80 continuous learning (CL) points every two-year cycle. To help enforce and track this statutory requirement, the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office has instituted a CLP Glide Path, a reference to assist with benchmarking ideal CLP goals within the two-year cycle. The DACM Memorandum #7 – “Amendment Acquisition Workforce Standards” signed on March 15, 2013 provides updated standards and the FY13 – 14 CLP glide path. Training must be documented on your Individual Development Plan (IDP).

     

    Implementing DACM Mentoring Programs
    The Army DACM Office is in the concept development phase of establishing an Army Acquisition Workforce mentoring program. The draft structure consists of three deployment levels using website capabilities to house various “toolkits/resources” to facilitate the relationship. Our Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS) will document the partnership and enable knowledge sharing of the acquisition workforce members’ acquisition career record brief, individual development plan, and senior rater potential evaluation, when applicable.

    1) Level I, the virtual acquisition career guide, is looking to incorporate virtual mentoring, via Avatar technology. We are working with developers on this application, and hope to have a proof of concept capability within nine months. The current intent of this approach is to reach our newest workforce members with fully vetted career management guidance, i.e., certification standards, application process, etc.

    2) Level II is intended to enhance the virtual mentoring environment through “GoTo- like” meetings, flash mentoring sessions and expansion of our current workforce management Inquiry system. The premise is to provide a more personal approach, with a combination of human and virtual interface.

    3) Level III will map mentors and protégés based on their unique demographics, and professional goals and needs. For this level, we are proposing a pilot launch, focusing on current key leadership position members as intended mentors.

    Following a thorough and coordinated approval process, a roll-out of the mentoring program is anticipated sometime in FY14.

    Have suggestions? E-mail us your thoughts, comments and suggestions on what you’d like in a virtual mentoring program.

    Opportunities
    The FY14 schedule for acquisition, training and education (AET) opportunities is final. All AET opportunities, except for the Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP), will be announced through the Army Acqusition Professional Devlopment System (AAPDS).

    To access AAPDS, login at the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP) and click on “Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System” (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select the “AAPDS” tab, and then “Application Module.”. Click on “Apply” and view all available Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) available opportunities. For information on any program, go to the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) website and click on “Career.”.

    For information on any program, visit the USAASC website.

    FY14 AET Schedule:

    Here is the FY14 schedule for the Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP):

     

    *NOTE: ALCP will not be announced using AAPDS. Please contact your command or organization acquisition career management advocate or organizational acquisition point of contact.

    Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) FY14 Announcement will open April 28 and close May 26, 2014. Anyone approved for funding during this announcement may start courses no earlier than Oct 1.

    The Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows announcement is on hold for FY14. Because of the current hiring freeze, we have been unable to bring new fellows on board from the FY13 Announcement. If and when the hiring freeze is lifted, we will first work toward finalizing the FY13 board results prior to conducting another announcement.

    The Defense Acquisition University-Senior Service College Fellowship announcement will open Jan. 29 and close April 2, 2014. REMINDER: applicants need to complete Civilian Education System Advanced Course prior to the start of the Fellowship.

    The Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program announcement will open May 5, 2014 and close June 13.. These dates are tentative as this is a DOD-scheduled program and DOD has not provided specific dates.

    The Excellence in Government Fellows announcement will open June 12, 2014 and close July 15.

    The Naval Post Graduate School-Masters of Science in Program Management: announcement will open Feb. 3, 2014 and close March 18.

    School of Choice (SOC): Because of the current fiscal environment, there will not be a SOC announcement in FY14. Should a command have an urgent need to send a high performing workforce member to obtain his/her bachelor’s or master’s during duty-time, please contact the AET Branch Chief, Scott Greene at scott.m.greene14.civ@mail.mil, to discuss options.

    Having trouble keeping the dates straight? All of the opening and closing dates noted above are also posted to the USAASC Events Calendar.

    Civilian Education System (CES)
    These DACM-sponsored programs—the Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program (DCELP) and the Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF)—are coordinated through the Army G-3/5/7 Office. The Army DACM office is now required to enforce completion of the applicable CES course (basic, intermediate, or advanced) as a pre-requisite to be eligible to apply to these programs. That said, there have been issues this year with quota availability and the Army DACM office was able to successfully lobby the Army G-3/5/7 office to suspend the CES pre-requisite for DCELP this year; however, it will be strictly enforced in FY14.

    “Have suggestions? E-mail us your thoughts, comments and suggestions on what you’d like in a virtual mentoring program.”

    Why do you need to know about CES? Individual acquisition workforce members need to work with their supervisors and CES quota managers to try to get into the appropriate level course if they, their supervisor or their command wants them to seek advanced leadership opportunities that require CES as a prerequisite.
    Per Army Regulation 350-1, “Army Training and Leader Development,” many civilians are required to complete the appropriate CES course(s) depending on their grade level and supervisory responsibility.

    Three ways to complete the CES requirement
    1. Take the course through the Army Management Staff College
    2. Submit for equivalency if you have already completed an Army-approved equivalent course
    3. Submit for constructive credit if you feel you have already met the course learning objectives through your past training, education, and experience.

    To find out which level of CES you are required to complete, please log-on on to the Army Career Tracker.

    To enroll into a CES course, log into Civilian Human Resources Training Application System. If you need assistance or have any question, please contact your local training coordinator or CES quota manager.

    Please look at the Acquisition Civilian Leadership Development Plan (ACLDP) to see how the CES training opportunitiesfit into the civilian career path.

     

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Applications cannot be processed until the supervisor approves the training request in AITAS. Students should view the DAU iCatalog to ensure that they meet the prerequisite(s) before applying to a DAU course. A weekly low-fill listing, posted weekly on DAU’s website, allows students the opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low-fill classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis within 60 days from the start date of the class for students in Priority 2, and within 40 days for Priority 3-5 students. Please remember that even if a class is on the low-fill list, students must choose a cost-effective location for their training.

    The Army registrar’s office cannot process applications until the supervisor has approved the employee’s request for training. It is also imperative that the student’s and supervisor’s email addresses are correct on the AITAS student profile. For more information on DAU training, including systematic instructions, training priority definitions and frequently asked questions, please visit USAASC’s DAU web page. Once you have received a confirmed reservation in the requested class, ensure that you attend the class as scheduled. Cancellation requests for a confirmed reservation must be submitted at least 30 calendar days before the class starts or by the reservation cutoff date, whichever is earlier, to avoid a no-show.

    For classes starting September 23, DAU will revert to the original pre-furlough schedule. Please view course training schedule at ATRRS AITAS.

    For FY14, we anticipate a 30 percent cut in DAU travel funds. At this time, USAASC will only fund Priority 1 (required training) travel to cost effective locations. Depending on funding received, we may elect to centrally fund priority 2 applying to cost effective locations.

    FY14 certification changes: DOD Acquisition, Technology & Logistics career field certification standards are implemented on Oct. 1 of each fiscal year. FY14 changes are outlined in the following table. The changes in these 11 certification requirements become effective for the respective career fields on Oct. 1. For career fields not listed in the table, there are no approved changes to date. For certification considerations under the FY13 standards, workforce members must submit their certification application by midnight Sept., 30, 2013. To view the most current career field certification standards required for your current acquisition position, please access DAU’s iCatalog.

     

    Program Manager’s and Executive Program Manager’s Course, also known as PMT 401 and PMT 402, are statutorily required for program executive officers (PEOs), deputy program executive officers (DPEOs), and program managers (PMs) or deputy program managers (DPMs) of ACAT I and II programs. Board-selected ACAT I or II program managers should have attended the course prior to beginning their assignment. PEO, DPEOs, DPMs must have completed the mandatory training within 36 months of encumbering their position. Please ensure work with your command and supervisor to ensure attendance in the required training. High potential Level 3 acquisition professionals in O-5 or GS-14 or above with extensive experience in acquisition, including four years in, or directly supporting, a program, may participate on space-available slots. Each fiscal year, the Army receives scarce allocation of seats in selected offerings. More details of the course available on the DAU’s iCatalog.

    A weekly low-fill listing, posted weekly on DAU’s website, allows students the opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low fill classes within 60 days from the start date of the class are available on a first come, first served basis for students priority 2 and 40 days for priority 3-5 students. Please remember that even if a class is on the low-fill list, students must choose the designated cost-effective location for their training.

    All requests, including submission of the travel worksheet (for students approved for DAU funding), should be completed no later than 15 days prior to the start date of the course. Students who do not submit a travel worksheet earlier than 15 days prior to class start date may not be guaranteed central funding for their travel expenses. Students may start their travel order as early as 60 days prior to the start date of the course.
     


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  • Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Education and training opportunities

     

    FY14 Acquisition Education and Training (AET) Announcements
    The FY14 schedule for AET opportunities has been finalized. All AET opportunities (except for Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program) will be announced through the Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS). To access AAPDS, login at the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP). Next, click on Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select the AAPDS tab, and then select the Application Module link. Click on Apply and view all Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) available opportunities. For information on any program, go to the USAASC website.

    FY14 AET Schedule:

    Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP)*:

    *NOTE: ALCP will not be announced using AAPDS. Please contact your command/organization Acquisition Career Management Advocate (ACMA) or Organizational Acquisition POC (OAP).

    Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP): The ATAP FY14 announcement will open April 28, 2014 and close May 26, 2014. Anyone approved for funding during this announcement may not start courses earlier than Oct. 1, 2014.

    Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows (CDG/AAF): The CDG/AAF Announcement is on hold for FY14. Due to the current hiring freeze, we have been unable to bring new fellows on board from the FY13 announcement. If/when the hiring freeze is lifted, we will first work toward finalizing the FY13 board results before conducting another announcement.

    Defense Acquisition University-Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF): The DAU-SSCF Announcement will open Jan. 29, 2014 and close April 2, 2016. REMINDER: applicants need to complete Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course before the start of the Fellowship.

    Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program (DCELP): The DCELP Announcement will open May 5, 2014 and close June 13, 2014. NOTE: these dates are tentative as this is a DOD scheduled program and they have not provided specific dates.

    Excellence in Government Fellows (EIGF): The EIGF Announcement will open June 12, 2014 and close July 2014.

    Naval Post Graduate School-Masters of Science in Program Management (NPS-PM): The NPS-PM Announcement will open Feb. 3 and close March 18, 2014.

    School of Choice (SOC): Because of the current fiscal environment, there will not be a SOC Announcement in FY14. Should a command have an urgent need to send a high performing workforce member to obtain his/her Bachelor or Masters Degree during duty-time, please contact the AET Branch Chief Scott Greene to discuss options.

    Civilian Education System
    The Army, Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office sponsored programs such as the Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program (DCELP) and the Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) Program are coordinated through the Army G-3/5/7 Office, and the Army DACM office is now required to enforce completion of the applicable CES course (Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced) as a pre-requisite to be eligible to apply to these programs. That being said, there have been quota availability issues this year and the Army DACM office was able to successfully lobby the Army G-3/5/7 office to suspend the CES pre-requisite for DCELP this year; however, it will be strictly enforced next year.

    Why do you need to know about CES? Individual acquisition workforce members need to work with their supervisors and CES Quota Managers to try to get into the appropriate level course if they, their supervisor, or their command desire them to seek advanced leadership opportunities that require CES as a prerequisite.

    Per Army Regulation 350-1, many civilians are required to complete the appropriate CES course(s) depending on their grade level and supervisory responsibility. This becomes especially important as individuals desire to apply to more senior level programs sponsored by the Army’s Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office, the Army, and/or the Department of Defense.

    There are three ways to complete the CES requirement:
    1. Take the course through the Army Management Staff College
    2. Submit for equivalency: You have already completed an Army approved equivalent course
    3. Submit for Constructive Credit: You feel you have already met the course learning objectives through your past training, education, and experience.

    To find out which level of CES you are required to complete, go to the Army Career Tracker (ACT).

    To enroll in a CES course, go to the Civilian Human Resources Training Application System (CHRTAS). If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact your local training coordinator or CES quota manger.

    View the Acquisition Civilian Leadership Development Plan (ACLDP) to see how the CES training opportunities are integrated into your civilian career path.

     

    DAU Training

    The FY14 schedule has been available for student registration since May 16, 2013. Students may apply using AITAS. Planning and applying early will afford students better opportunity in obtaining a class in the timeframe requested. Students may continue to apply for the remaining FY13 courses available on the schedule. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Applications cannot be processed until the Supervisor approves the training request in Army Training Requirements (ATRRS) and Resources Internet Training Application System (AITAS). Students should view the DAU iCatalog to ensure they meet the prerequisite(s), before applying to a DAU course. A weekly low-fill listing, posted weekly on DAU’s website, allows students the opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low-fill classes within 60 days from the start date of the class are available on a first-come, first-served basis for priority 2 students and 40 days for priority 3-5 students. Please remember that even if a class is on the low-fill list, students must choose a cost-effective location for their training.

    Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar’s office until the supervisor has approved the training requested by their employee. It is also imperative that the student and supervisor email addresses be listed correctly on the AITAS student profile. Please apply through AITAS. For more information on DAU training, including systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, go to ASC’s DAU webpage. Once you receive a confirmed reservation in the requested class, ensure you attend the class as scheduled. Cancellation requests for confirmed reservations must submitted at least 30 calendar days before the class starts or by the reservation cutoff date, whichever is earlier, to avoid a no-show.

    For FY13: DAU central funds are entirely separate from budgetary actions within a service or agency to mitigate budget execution issues in FY13. DAU travel for required Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification courses is centrally funded by DAU through the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) so long as the traveler selects a cost-effective location. For details, see Status of Travel Funding for the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training in FY13, Jan. 29, 2013.

    For FY14, we anticipate a 30 percent cut in DAU travel funds. At this time, USAASC will only fund priority 1 (required training) travel to cost-effective locations. Depending on funding received, we may also elect to centrally fund priority 2 applying to cost-effective locations.

    DAU has implemented the revised FY13 furlough schedule for classes held July 8 through Sept. 20, 2013. Please see detailed information on the USAASC website DAU Furlough Memo on Training Impacts in FY13. DAU will keep up-to-date furlough information on their website.

    The USAASC Budget and Course Manager support is also subject to furlough. A 20 percent reduction in the workload may delay travel worksheet processing. All requests, including submission of the travel worksheet (for students approved for DAU funding), should be completed no later than 15 days before the start date of the course. Students may start their travel order as early as 60 days before the start date of the course.

    Requirements for DAWIA certification still exist and are not extended due to the furlough. Workforce members and their supervisors should plan their training and ensure they have adequate time to complete prerequisite training before attending the follow-on course. Reservations in follow-on training will be cancelled if prerequisite requirements are not met 30 days before the start date of the follow-on course.

    FY14 Certification Changes: DOD Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) career field certification standards for the new fiscal year are implemented every October. FY2014 changes are outlined in the following table. The eleven changes will be effective for the respective certification career fields on Oct. 1, 2013. For career fields not listed in the table, there are no approved changes to date. For certification considerations under the FY2013 standards, workforce members must submit their certification application by midnight Sept. 30, 2013. To view the most current career field certification standards required for your current acquisition position, please go to DAU’s iCatalog.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     


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    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    • The FY14 schedule was released on May 16, 2013 and is available for student registration. Planning and applying early affords students a better opportunity in obtaining a class in the requested timeframe. Students may continue to apply for the remaining FY13 courses available on the schedule. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Applications cannot be processed until the supervisor approves the training request in Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) and Internet Training Application System (AITAS). Students should view the DAU I-catalog to ensure prerequisite(s) are met before applying to a DAU course. Low-fill classes within 60 days from the start date of the class are available on a first come, first served basis for priority 2 students, and 40 days for priority 3-5 students. Students are encouraged to check the weekly low-fill list to identify available classes in the 60-day window.
    • Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar’s office until the supervisor has approved the training requested by the employee. It is also imperative that the student and supervisor’s email addresses are listed correctly on the AITAS student profile. To apply, go to ATRRS AITAS. For more information on DAU training to include instructions, training priority definition, or FAQs, visit the USAASC webpage for current information. Once you receive a confirmed reservation in the requested class, attend the class as scheduled. Cancellation requests for confirmed reservations must submitted at least 30 calendar days before the class starts or by the reservation cutoff date, whichever is earlier, to avoid a ‘no show’.
    • For FY13: DAU central funds are entirely separate from budgetary actions within a service or agency to mitigate budget execution issues in FY13. DAU travel for required Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification courses is centrally funded by DAU through USAASC so long as the traveler selects a cost effective location. For details, go to “Status of Travel Funding for the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training in FY13, Jan. 29, 2013.
    • A 30 percent reduction in DAU travel funds is expected for FY14. At this time, USAASC will only fund priority 1 (required training) travel to cost-effective locations. Depending on funding received, we may also elect to centrally fund priority 2 applying to cost-effective locations.
    • DAU has implemented the revised FY13 furlough schedule for classes held July 8 to Sept. 20, 2013. Detailed information is provided in the DAU Furlough Memo on Training Impacts in FY13 memorandum. In addition, DAU provides current furlough information on their website.
    • The USAASC Budget and Course Manager support is also subject to furlough and may delay travel worksheet processing. All requests, including travel worksheet submission (for students approved for DAU funding), should be completed no later than 15 days prior to the start date of the course. Students may start their travel order as early as 60 days prior to the start date of the course.
    • Requirements for DAWIA certification still exists and are not extended due to the furlough. Workforce members and their supervisors should plan their training and ensure adequate time is available to complete prerequisite training prior to attending the follow-on course. Reservations in follow-on training will be cancelled if prerequisite requirements are not met 30 days prior to the start date of the following on course.
    • FY14 Certification Changes: DOD Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) career field certification standards are implemented on Oct. 1 of each FY. FY14 changes are outlined in the table below and the eleven changes will be effective for the noted certification career fields on October 1. For career fields not listed in the table, there are no approved changes to date. For certification considerations under the FY13 standards, workforce members must submit their certification application by midnight on September 30. View the current career field certification standards required for your current acquisition position.

     
     
     

    Education and Training Opportunities

     
    Civilian Education System

    The Army DACM office is now required to enforce completion of the applicable Civilian Education System (CES) course (basic, intermediate, or advanced) as a prerequisite to apply to Army, Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office-sponsored programs such as the Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program (DCELP), and the Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) Program. This year, there have been quota availability issues and the Army DACM office was able to successfully lobby the Army G-3/5/7 office to suspend the CES prerequisite for DCELP this year; however, it will be strictly enforced next year.

    Why do you need to know about CES? Individual acquisition workforce members need to work with their supervisors and CES Quota Managers to try to get into the appropriate level course if they, their supervisor, or their command desire them to seek advanced leadership opportunities that require CES as a prerequisite.

    Per Army Regulation 350-1, many civilians are required to complete the appropriate CES course(s) depending on their grade level and supervisory responsibility. This becomes especially important as individuals desire to apply to more senior level programs sponsored by the Army’s Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office, the Army, and/or the Department of Defense.

    There are three ways to complete the CES requirement:
    1. Take the course through the Army Management Staff College
    2. Submit for equivalency: You have already completed an Army approved equivalent course
    3. Submit for Constructive Credit: You feel you have already met the course learning objectives through your past training, education, and experience.

    To find out which level of CES you are required to complete, go to the Army Career Tracker (ACT).

    To enroll in a CES course, visit the Civilian Human Resources Training Application System (CHRTAS). If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact your local training coordinator or CES quota manger.

    View the Acquisition Civilian Leadership Development Plan (ACLDP) to see how the CES training opportunities are integrated into your career development.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     


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  • Research analyst named new workforce advocate

    USAASC Workforce Management Division Chief Tom Evans (right) is joined by PEO ACWA Conrad Whyne (left) in presenting an ACMA charter to Diane Bullis, a supervisory operations research analyst who will now serve as an advocate for the acquisition workforce in this $10.6 billion chemical weapons demilitarization program. (Photos by Miguel Monteverde)

    By Tara Clements

     

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July 10, 2013) – Diane Bullis, a supervisory operations research analyst for Program Executive Office (PEO) Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA), was appointed as Army’s newest Acquisition Career Management Advocate (ACMA) who will now serve as an advocate for the acquisition workforce among those who support the Army’s $10.6 billion chemical weapons demilitarization program.

    With more than 31 years of federal service, Bullis will serve as a key communications conduit for acquisition specialists assigned to PEO ACWA and to senior acquisition executives in the DOD and the Army.

    The acquisition of material and equipment to build and operate multimillion dollar chemical weapons disposal facilities requires a highly specialized and trained professional workforce. Helping to manage that workforce is newly-appointed ACMA, Diane Bullis, shown here reviewing the charter for her new role. Bullis is a Maryland native with more than 31 years of federal service who will now act as a key communications conduit for acquisition specialists assigned to the PEO, ACWA to senior acquisition executives in the DOD and Army.

    An ACMA is a senior acquisition leader appointed to be a lead resource to acquisition, logistics and technology (AL&T) workforce members as well as Army organizations and commands in many regions that have a large acquisition workforce population. ACMAs are chartered by the director of acquisition career management (DACM), who is also the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for AL&T. These individuals are responsible for command-specific issues and also serve as the communication link between the workforce and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center.

    There are currently 47 appointed ACMAs in 16 locations worldwide.

    Each ACMA is presented with a charter to confirm their appointment. The charter outlines the ACMA’s role and responsibilities to “serve as a principal advisor and assistant to the DACM” as well as “to perform as an advisor to the senior leadership within your command and surrounding acquisition communities for matters related to the execution and management of acquisition career development, policy, procedures and programs.”

    ACMAs were inititated in accordance with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     


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  • Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Civilian Education System (CES)

    Per Army Regulation 350-1, many civilians are required to complete the appropriate Civilian Education System course(s) depending on their grade level and supervisory responsibility. This becomes especially important as individuals desire to apply to more senior level programs sponsored by the Army’s Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office, the Army, and/or the Department of Defense. Army DACM Office-sponsored programs such as the Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program (DCELP) and the Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship Program are coordinated through the Army G-3/5/7 Office, and the Army DACM Office is now required to enforce completion of the applicable CES courses (basic, intermediate, or advanced) as a prerequisite to be eligible to apply to these programs. However, there have been quota availability issues this year and the Army DACM office was able to successfully lobby the Army G-3/5/7 office to suspend the CES pre-requisite for DCELP this year. That being said, it will be strictly enforced next year.

    Why do you need to know about CES? Individual acquisition workforce members need to work with their supervisors and CES quota managers to try to get into the appropriate level course if they, their supervisor, or their command desire them to seek advanced leadership opportunities that require CES as a prerequisite.

    To find out if your position requires CES, please review page 80 of AR 350-1. Additional information about the CES courses are provided on the CPOL website.

    To determine which level of CES you are required to complete, please log-on on to the Army Career Tracker (ACT). To view your status, login to CHRTAS. On the top right of the page, click on “CES Course Education System Eligibility and Completion Status.” It will tell you whether you have completed it or not. If not completed, it will list which level of program is appropriate/required for you.

    There are three ways to complete the CES requirement:
    1. Take the course through the Army Management Staff College
    2. Submit for equivalency: You have already completed an Army approved equivalent course
    3. Submit for constructive credit: You feel you have already met the course learning objectives through your past training, education, and experience

    To enroll into a CES course, log into Civilian Human Resources Training Application System (CHRTAS). If you need assistance or have any question, please contact your local training coordinator or CES Quota Manger.

    To see how the CES training opportunities fit into the Acquisition Civilian Leadership Development Plan (ACLDP), please see the chart below or go to http://asc.army.mil/web/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ACLDP-v8-new.pdf.

    Excellence in Government Fellowship (EIGF)
    The Announcement will be open from June 13 – July 15, 2013 to all eligible personnel in GS-13 – GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. EIGF offers our senior acquisition workforce members the opportunity to network and team with fellow senior leaders from across the government. This program focuses on benchmarking best practices and then returning to your organization to implement. More information.

    Applicants interested in applying for EIGF must submit their application in Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS). To access AAPDS, login at the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP). Next, click on Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select the AAPDS tab, and then select the Application Module link. Click on Apply and view all Army DACM available opportunities.

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    The FY14 DAU course schedule is now available. If students are unable to attend an FY13 course, they need to review and complete the required course prerequisite(s) now for a course they intend to take in the future. Students should continue to apply for FY13 courses available on the schedule. Planning and applying early will afford students better opportunities to obtain a class in the timeframe requested. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Applications cannot be processed until your supervisor approves your training request in ATRRS AITAS. Students should view the DAU I-catalog to ensure they meet the prerequisite(s) prior to applying to a DAU course. A low-fill listing is posted weekly to allow students opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low-fill classes within 60 days from the start date of the class are available on a first-come, first-served basis for students priority 2, and 40 days for priority 3-5 students.

    For FY13: DAU central funds are entirely separate from budgetary actions within a service or agency to mitigate budget execution issues in FY13. DAU travel for required DAWIA certification courses is centrally funded by DAU through the USAASC so long as the traveler selects a cost-effective location. For details, see “Status of Travel Funding for the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training in FY13, Jan. 29, 2013.

    FOR FY14, we anticipate a 30 percent cut in DAU travel funds. At this time, USAASC will only fund Priority 1 (required training) travel to cost effective locations. Depending on funding received, we may also elect to centrally fund Priority 2 applying to cost effective locations.

    DAU recently released a new schedule for the duration of FY13 in the DAU Furlough Memo on Training Impacts in FY13. Key points from the memo are as follows:

    • Once DAU implements the furlough schedule, it will apply for the remainder of the fiscal year 2013 regardless if the furlough days are decreased or even eliminated.
    • Modifies the DAU training schedule to account for DAU staff furlough.
    • Stresses that the Terminal Learning Objectives and Enabling Learning Objectives will not be compromised despite shortened course length.
    • Requests that students align their homeport furlough schedule with DAU’s furlough schedule during their training period.
    • DAU course welcome letters will be revised to include new dates and instructions regarding the furlough course schedule.
    • DAU will keep up-to-date furlough information on their website.

    DAU Travel Options During the Furlough Period:

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance does not prohibit travel on a furlough day but states, “employee cannot engage in official travel during furlough hours,” therefore, when using approved DAU central funds, employees have the following OPTIONS for travel:

    1. Employees adjust their furlough day to fall outside the span of the DAU course offering days and into an adjacent pay period. Therefore, the days before and after class would be the employee’s regular work days and their travel days.
    2. Employees travel to/from the DAU course on their non-furlough hours (assuming employee regular schedule furlough day is the day before and/or after class). For example, if an employee furlough hours falls on Monday, from 0800 to 1600, the employee may travel on Monday, starting at 1601 since OPM guidance only prohibits travel during furlough hours and does not specifically prohibit travel on that same day after furlough hours end.
    3. Employees travel the day before or after their scheduled furlough day.

    • The information listed above provides suggested DAU travel options. Employees should work in concert with their supervisor on an agreed upon option.
    • Once travel is approved, the employee is eligible to be appropriately compensated per CPOL Administrative Furloughs guidance.
    • Civilian employees already at the TDY location during a furlough day are entitled to all travel allowances.
    • Civilian employees may receive comp time for travel required for training. Employees should seek approval from their authorized agency official.
    • Students attending a course locally will not be affected other than following DAU’s new furlough schedule.
    • If attendance at DAU training requires an airline flight, the flight on the last training day must be no earlier than 6:30 p.m.
    • The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) budget and quota management support is also subject to furlough. All requests, including submission of the travel worksheet (for students approved for DAU funding), should be completed as soon as possible. A 20 percent reduction in the workforce may create a backlog.

    DAU course management has a new process to allow higher priority, specifically priority 1 student’s first preference in the DAU resident courses. As result, students in priority 2 through 5 will be waitlisted for classes showing available seats. When a student is placed in a wait status, priority 2 will roll into a reservation 65 days prior to class start date if a priority 1 does not encumber a seat. Priority 3 to 5 waits will roll in 40 days prior to the start date of the class. Lower priority students could still be bumped up to five business days prior to class reservation cut-off date or start date, whichever is earlier. The new process minimizes bumping and allows priority 1s to see which courses actually have seats available for them to obtain their required position certification. To view training priority definition, click here.

    Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar office until the training has been approved by the supervisor. It is also imperative the student and supervisor email address is provided correctly on the AITAS student profile. Please apply through the Army Training Requirements (ATRRS) and Resources Internet Training Application System (AITAS). For more information on DAU training including systematic instructions, training priority definition, or FAQs, please click here. Once you receive a confirmed reservation in the requested class, ensure you attend the class as scheduled. Cancellation requests for a confirmed reservation must submitted at least 30 calendar days before the class starts or by the reservation cutoff date, whichever is earlier, to avoid a ‘no show.’


    • If you have questions on any Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience (AETE) programs or DAU Training, please contact the the AETE Branch Chief Scott Greene @ scott.greene4@us.army.mil

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  • Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Even in the face of significant fiscal constraints, our acquisition workforce still has statutory requirements to meet. Therefore, we will still be offering many of our Acquisition Education, Training and Experience (AETE) opportunities. In addition, the Hon. Frank Kendall, under secretary of defense, published a memorandum (“Continuation of Centrally Funded Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund Initiatives”) on March 13, 2013. In that memorandum, he states we “must continue acquisition workforce initiatives centrally funded by…the DAWDF [Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund]. These initiatives include…DAWDF initiatives to bolster and sustain the quality of the acquisition workforce. Quality initiatives include training, development, recruitment, and retention initiatives.”
    Below are three of our programs that will continue to be offered.

    Excellence in Government Fellowship (EIGF)
    The announcement will be open from June 13 to July 15 for all eligible personnel in GS-13 to GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. EIGF offers senior acquisition workforce members the opportunity to network and team with fellow senior leaders from across the government. This program focuses on benchmarking best practices and then returning to your organization to implement. For more information, go to: http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/excellence-in-government-fellows-program/.

    Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP)
    The announcement will be open from May 13 to June 18 to all eligible personnel in GS-7 to GS-11 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. DCELP is designed to develop the next generation of innovative leaders with the technical competence to meet the future leadership needs of DOD. All acquisition Army submissions will be collected by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). For more information, go to: http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/dcelp/.

    Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP)
    The Announcement is open until May 30 to all eligible personnel in GS-12 or GS-13 for ALCP level I and GS-14 or GS-15 for ALCP level II or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. ALCP offers our acquisition workforce members a hard-hitting leadership development seminar with teambuilding and practical guide to assist overall Leadership and Diversity development in organizations. The foundation of the ALCP is self-awareness as the key to both leadership and diversity development to create an innovative culture by helping to understand each individual’s personal preferences and behaviors and how each not only interact with their co-workers, but how they are viewed by others. For more information, visit
    http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-leadership-challenge-program/.

    How to Apply for EIGF, DCELP or ALCP
    Applicants interested in applying for any of these three programs must submit their application in Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS). To access AAPDS, login at the Career Acquisition Management Portal: https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. Next click on Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select the “AAPDS” tab, and then select the “Application Module” link. Click on “Apply” and view all Army DACM available opportunities.

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    On Thursday, May 16, the FY14 schedule will be available for students to apply for classes (https://atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas/). If students are unable to attend an FY13 course, they need to review and complete the required course prerequisite(s) now for a course they intend to take in the future. Students should continue to apply for FY13 courses available on the schedule. Planning and applying early will afford students a better opportunity to obtain a class in the timeframe requested. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Students should view the DAU I-catalog at http://icatalog.dau.mil to ensure they meet the prerequisite(s), prior to applying to a DAU course. A weekly low-fill listing is posted weekly at http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/tabnav.aspx to allow students opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low-fill classes within 60 days of the start date of the class are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Training required for Army acquisition workforce members is a mission critical activity and is exempt from recent cuts, as stated in the Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton Carter memo dated Jan. 10, 2013. DAU travel for required Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification courses is centrally funded by DAU through the USAASC. Some acquisition workforce members’ travel for DAU acquisition certification training is being cancelled by organizations due to their current interpretation of their budget execution mitigation efforts. The memo (link below) outlines that DAU central funds is entirely separate from budgetary actions within a service or agency to mitigate budget execution issues in FY13. Army acquisition students approved to use DAU central funds to attend training shall not cancel training due to budget constraints. Cancellation requests (from students approved for central travel funds) less than 30 days from class start or reservation cut-off date (with funding constraint as a reason), will be denied. Students shall be deemed a “no-show” if they do not attend the scheduled training.

    For FY13, USAASC will continue to centrally fund cost-effective locations selected by the student. Commands and supervisors should continue to support and send their employees to required DAWIA training. To view the DAU travel status memo, go to: http://asc.army.mil/web/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/DAU-Travel-Status-Memo-2013.pdf.

    For FY14, travel funds will be cut significantly. At this point, USAASC will only fund priority 1 (required training) travel to cost effective locations. Depending on funding, we may elect to also centrally fund priority 2 training.

    DAU plans to support the teaching schedule under furlough conditions. Students can view the tentative schedule at https://atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas/. The plan is not final. Once the plan is formalized, DAU will provide communication to the DACM offices, post to the DAU website and send notices to the students. Students attending a DAU course will assume the furlough schedule of DAU and not their home organization for the duration of their DAU training.

    DAU course management has a new process to allow higher priority, specifically priority 1 student’s first preference in the DAU resident courses. As a result, students in priority 2 through 5 will be waitlisted for classes showing available seats. When a student is placed in a wait status, they will roll into a reservation 65 days prior to class start date if a priority 1 does not encumber a seat. They could still be bumped up to five business days prior to class reservation cut-off date or start date, whichever is higher, if a higher priority student applied within the 65 days. The new process minimizes bumping and allows priority 1s to see which courses actually have seats available for them to obtain their required position certification.
     

    PRIORITY DEFINITION
    P1 Position Requirement (Training required to meet position certification or program requirements)
    P2 Career Development (Training to become eligible for the next higher certification level above the certification level required for their position/career development (Individual has met their position certification requirement))
    P3 Cross Functional Training (Personnel who occupy an acquisition position in one acquisition career field, but desire training in a different acquisition career field. Individuals should complete all mandatory training required for their position before attending any cross functional training.)
    Career Development (Individual has not met their position certification requirement)
    P4 Previously Taken Training or Already Certified (Individuals who previously completed the DAU course or individuals who have received equivalency or individuals who are already certified at the career level and have not previously taken the course)
    P5 Non-Acquisition Workforce (Individuals who are not in a designated acquisition workforce position. Individuals will be on a space available basis. If selected, individual’s command will be required to fund the travel and per diem. The instructional training (classroom/web) will be at no cost to the student.)

     

    Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar office until the training has been approved by the supervisor. It is also imperative the student and supervisor email address is provided correctly on the AITAS student profile. Please apply through the Army Training Requirements (ATRRS) and Resources Internet Training Application System (AITAS) at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas.

    For more information on DAU training, including systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, please see link at: http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/civilian/faqs/. Once you receive a confirmed reservation in the requested class, ensure you attend the class as scheduled. A cancellation request for a confirmed reservation must submitted at least 30 calendar days before the class starts or by the reservation cutoff date, whichever is earlier, to avoid a no-show.


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  • Faces of the Force

    Template for Faces of the Force

    Tracking Career Development

     

    By Susan L. Follett

     

    FOTF: What do you do for the Army? Why is it important?

    FOSTER: I am part of the Acquisition Career Development Division, which has a mission to serve as advocates for the Army Acquisition Workforce on behalf of the Director/Deputy Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM/DDACM). Specifically, I am the Proponency Officer for Contracting, one of 14 acquisition career fields. I am responsible for writing and updating Army acquisition workforce policies and procedures. I also serve as the DACM/DDACM office principal advisor on all matters related to the Contracting Acquisition workforce. As of Dec. 31, 2012, our acquisition workforce includes roughly 8,800 contracting professionals, and I make sure that they have received the training required for certification under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA).

    I also support the Functional Area 51C Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Reclassification Board, providing an Order of Merit List to select best-qualified candidates to serve as Contracting Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs). Our efforts are important because they ensure we have qualified contracting personnel here and in theater so our Soldiers have access to the equipment they need for mission success.

    FOTF Editor’s Note: MOS 51C classification is an acquisition, logistics, and technology designation for contracting NCOs. It was established in 2006 to meet the Army’s increasing need for contingency contracting officers in the modular force. The primary mission for MOS 51C NCOs is to deploy as contingency contracting officers and serve as members of the early entry contingency contracting team.

    FOTF: What’s your biggest challenge? How is it overcome?

    FOSTER: One of my responsibilities is to represent the Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) at Contracting Functional Integrated Product Team (FIPT) meetings, which are held quarterly, and to advise Contracting Functional Leaders on career field competencies, DAWIA requirements, and workforce development. Senior functional leaders designated by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology lead these FIPTs and discuss a variety of topics affecting the workforce. An example of a discussion topic might be whether to add classes to a certification requirement. Service and 4th Estate Agency DACM representatives as well as functional leaders attend the FIPTs as subject matter experts. My role is to ensure the Army DACM’s viewpoint is represented during these discussions.

    The biggest hurdle I face is making sure that I accurately represent the DACM’s point of view at FIPT meetings. It’s my job to ensure that all defense acquisition workforce initiatives and proponency issues are properly vetted, communicated, and addressed with our stakeholders and accurately communicated during the FIPT meetings. To ensure that happens, we hold weekly meetings within our organization to share information and discuss issues, and we closely follow DOD regulations to be sure we are up to speed on issues that affect our mission.

    FOTF: What do you enjoy most about your work?

    FOSTER: I really enjoy the opportunity to help Soldiers reclassify to MOS 51C. This is a very competitive field. The work is challenging and the promotion potential is good. To reclassify, NCOs need to meet a rigorous list of requirements, and to see that work pay off for them is very gratifying.

    FOTF: What do you do when you’re not at work? How do those activities dovetail with your job?

    FOSTER: I coach a junior varsity girls’ basketball team, and so far, we’re having a great season. Our record is 15-7. Both work and coaching involve a great deal of mentorship, and I really enjoy that aspect of it. On the court, I spend a lot of time mentoring my players, and at work we try to encourage Soldiers and civilians to get the most out of a career in Army acquisition.

    FOTF: Why did you join the Army? What is your greatest satisfaction in being part of the Army?

    FOSTER: I became an Army Civilian because I wanted to contribute to the well-being of Soldiers. My greatest satisfaction in being part of the Army is the opportunity to impact the lives of others in a positive way.

    51C applications are being accepted throughout the year. For more information, please visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/military-nco/active-component-reclass-program/.
     


    • “Faces of the Force” is an online feature highlighting members of the Army Acquisition Workforce. Produced by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Communication Division, and working closely with public affairs officers, Soldiers and Civilians currently serving in a variety of AL&T disciplines are featured every other week. For more information, or to nominate someone, please contact 703-805-1006.

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  • Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Education and Training Opportunities

    The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) office, along with the rest of the Department of Defense, has recently received significant funding cuts. However, our top priority remains ensuring that our civilian and military workforce has multiple opportunities to meet their statutory certification and development requirements. We will continue to fund those already enrolled in any of our tuition assistance, leadership development, or experiential programs. In addition, we are working daily to ensure future opportunities remain viable. That being said, we have had to suspend some programs such as the School of Choice – we had originally planned to have an announcement open mid-FY13, but there will NOT be a School of Choice announcement this year.

    Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF)
    The 2013-14 announcement is open until March 28, 2013 to all eligible GS-14s and GS-15s who have met their current position certification requirements. This program has recently been endorsed as an Army equivalent Senior Service College by the United States Army War College. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/. This program, located in Aberdeen, Md., Huntsville, Ala., and Warren, Mich. provides a great opportunity for our civilians to attend a SSC within their local area.

    Naval Post Graduate School – Masters of Science in Program Management
    The announcement will be open from March 4 –May 13, 2013 to all eligible personnel in GS-11 through GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. While it is not in Monterey, Calif., this distance learning program will provide required DAU training in Program Management (as well as other career field courses) to graduate with a master’s. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/naval-postgraduate-school-master-of-science-in-program-management/.

    Excellence in Government Fellowship
    The announcement will be open from June 13 – July 15, 2013 to all eligible personnel in GS-13 – GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. EIGF offers our senior acquisition workforce members the opportunity to network and team with fellow senior leaders from across the government. This program focuses on benchmarking best practices and then returning to your organization to implement. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/excellence-in-government-fellows-program/.

    Army Acquisition Civilian Leadership Development Plan
    The Army DACM office recently published our first leadership development plan for civilians. Unfortunately, there is not one clear path for civilians…that would be too easy! Unlike the military, civilians can/will take hundreds of different routes in their quest for upward mobility. This plan is meant to serve as a guide for all levels of our acquisition workforce. Using this model, each workforce member may see what the training requirements are at each level. In addition, they may also use this Plan to identify desired training opportunities available at upper levels—each opportunity is hyperlinked to an information page for the program. Please take some time to review programs of interest to you and put any on your Individual Development Plan (IDP) and discuss with your Supervisor.
    The model is broken into Four Sections (from bottom to top):

    1. DAWIA/DAU Training – functional REQUIRED training moving left to right from Level I up through 400 Level courses.
    2. CES Courses – Army G-3/5/7 REQUIRED courses moving left to right from Foundation Course->Basic->Intermediate->Advanced->CESL depending on your rank.
    3. Leadership Training – includes all the leadership opportunities available in our AETE portfolio as well as a few DOD and AMC programs.
    4. Higher Education – Bachelor, Masters Degrees as well as Senior Service Colleges and SSC Fellowships

    Please note that all courses are hyperlinks which will take workforce members to dedicated pages to each course/program where they may find additional information. To the right is an image of the development plan; however, you may view the full version and download a copy here: http://asc.army.mil/career-development/civilian/career-planning-steps/.

    The Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP) is the newest program to the Acquisition Education and Training Portfolio for the Army. Based upon the huge success the Air Force has had with ALCP, we piloted multiple offerings of the 2.5 day course in FY12. For FY13, we are bringing the course to you. For more information on how to apply, please visit our website: http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-leadership-challenge-program/. Below is the FY13 ALCP training dates (by location):

    FY13 ALCP Plan

    DATE OFFERING TYPE
    (ALCPI or II)
    LOCATION
    29 April-3 May Back-to-back Level I offerings Aberdeen, MD
    20-24 May Level I & Level II Atlanta, GA
    10-14 June Back-to-back Level I offerings Warren, MI
    29 July-2 August Back-to-back Level I offerings Huntsville, AL
    19-23 August Level I & Level II Atlanta, GA

     

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    Training required for Army Acquisition Workforce members is a mission critical activity and is exempt from recent cuts stated in a memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, dated Jan. 10, 2013. DAU travel for required Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification courses is centrally funded by DAU through the USAASC. Some acquisition workforce members’ travel for DAU acquisition certification training is being cancelled by organizations because of their current interpretation of their budget execution mitigation efforts. The attached memo outlines that DAU central funds is entirely separate from budgetary actions within a Service or agency to mitigate budget execution issues in FY13. Army Acquisition students approved to use DAU central funds to attend training shall not cancel training due to budget constraints. Cancellation requests (from students approved for central travel funds) less than 30 days from class start or reservation cut-off date (with funding constraint as a reason), will be denied. Students shall be deemed a “no show” if they do not attend the scheduled training. USAASC will continue to centrally fund cost effective locations selected by the student. Commands and supervisors should continue to support and send their employees to required DAWIA training. To view the DAU Travel Status memo, please view at: http://asc.army.mil/web/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/DAU-Travel-Status-Memo-2013.pdf.

    Course Management
    DAU course management has a new process to allow higher priority, specifically priority 1 student’s first preference in the DAU resident courses. As result, students in priority 2 through 5 will be waitlisted for classes showing available seats. When a student is placed in a wait status, if a seat is available 65 days prior to the class start date, they could convert to a reservation. They could still be bumped as close as to five business days prior to class start date, whichever is higher, if a higher priority student applied within the 65 days. The new process minimizes bumping and allows priority 1s to see which courses actually have seats available for them to obtain their required position certification.

    Application Process
    Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar office until the training has approved by the supervisor. It is also imperative that the student and supervisor email address be provided correctly on the Army Training Requirements (ATRRS) Internet Training Application System (AITAS) student profile. Please apply through ATRRS and AITAS at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas. For more information on DAU training including, systematic instructions, training priority definition, or FAQs, please visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-training/. Once you receive a confirmed reservation in the requested class, make sure you attend the class as scheduled. A cancellation request for a confirmed reservation must submitted at least 30 calendar days before the class starts or by the reservation cutoff date, whichever is earlier, to avoid a no show.

    FY14 Schedule
    The Army DACM office is in the second iteration of the FY14 DAU schedule build. At this stage, we are reviewing the FY14 draft schedule and validating Army onsite submissions. On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the FY14 schedule will be available for students to apply for classes. If students are unable to attend an FY13 course, they need to review and complete the required course prerequisite(s) now for a course they intend to take in the future. Students should continue to apply for FY13 courses available on the schedule. Planning and applying early will afford students better opportunity in obtaining a class in the timeframe requested. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Students should view the DAU I-catalog at http://icatalog.dau.mil to ensure they meet the prerequisite(s), prior to applying to a DAU course. A weekly low-fill listing is posted weekly at http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/tabnav.aspx to allow students opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low-fill classes within 60 days from the start date of the class are available on a first come, first served basis.

    Equivalencies
    DAU provides a listing of equivalencies (http://icatalog.dau.mil/appg.aspx) for all courses delivered by DAU and/or predecessors courses, which are considered acceptable towards meeting current acquisition career field certification requirements. To document equivalencies accepted by DAU that are obtained from other institutions, open a helpdesk ticket at: https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/index.cfm?fuseaction=support.helpRequest and request your ACRB be updated to reflect DAU equivalent course(s) completion.

    Course Update
    BCF 211 was split into two courses: BCF 220 (web) and BCF 225 (classroom) effective with classes starting Jan. 7, 2013. BCF 211-Acquisition Business Management transition to BCF 220 & BCF 225 will start for classes starting Jan. 7, 2013. Students with reservations in classes starting Jan.7 and thereafter have been notified directly by DAU of the change and the requirement to complete the prerequisite course, BCF 220 prior to attending the resident portion, BCF 225. Students must successfully complete BCF 220 prior to applying to BCF 225. Students completing BCF 220 far in advanced, must review the course material at a minimum two weeks prior to start of date of the resident, BCF 225 course to ensure successful completion. Taking the time to focus and successfully complete prerequisite course BCF 220 will likely determine the success of the resident portion (BCF 225).

    Effective Jan. 14, 2013, CON 115 split into three separate courses (CON 121, CON 124 and CON 127) to improve on the delivery, presentation and test questions in need of significant improvement. Students are required to take CON 121, 124 and CON 127 in sequential order. The total training hours for new courses remain the same as CON 115; there is no increase in the training hours. Student completion of CON 115 is a valid predecessor course to CON 121, CON 124 and CON 127 indefinitely. DAWIA career fields requiring CON 115 as the mandatory functional training is replaced with CON 121, 124 and CON 127. Review course concept cards and certification guides at http://icatalog.dau.mil.

    Understanding Industry (Business Acumen)
    ACQ 315 is a new 4.5-day course in development by DAU. The course covers a wide range of business knowledge competencies including industry orientation, organization, cost and financial planning, business strategy/development, supplier management, incentives, and negotiating strategies. Students will learn business skills on aligning company strategies, finances, and operations that motivate company decisions, gain fair and reasonable profits, while providing best taxpayer value to the government on defense products. The course is presented from an industry perspective. The target audience is DAWIA, Level III certified acquisition personnel across all DAWIA career fields. DAU will pilot the course for June 24 – 28, 2013 at Huntsville, AL. The pilot offering will be open to all services on a first-come-first-served basis. The projected date for when students can begin registration is no later than the end of February 2013.


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  • Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Army Acquisition Civilian Leadership Development Plan
    The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) recently published our first leadership development plan for civilians. Unfortunately, there is not one clear path for civilians…that would be too easy! Unlike the military, civilians can/will take hundreds of different routes in their quest for upward mobility. This plan is meant to serve as a guide for all levels of our acquisition workforce. Using this model, each workforce member may see what the training requirements are at each level. In addition, they may also use this plan to identify desired training opportunities available at upper levels and each opportunity is hyperlinked to an information page for the program. Please take some time to review programs of interest to you and put any on your Individual Development Plan (IDP) and discuss with your Supervisor.

    The model is broken into Four Sections (from bottom to top):
    1. Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act/Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training – functional REQUIRED training from left to right from Level I through 400 Level courses.
    2. Continuing Education System Courses – Army G-3/5/7 REQUIRED courses from left to right from Foundation Course, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Continuing Education are for Senior Leaders depending on your rank.
    3. Leadership Training – Includes all the leadership opportunities available in our Army Education, Training and Experience (AETE) portfolio as well as a few DOD and U.S. Army Materiel Command programs.
    4. Higher Education – Bachelor, Masters Degrees as well as Senior Service Colleges (SSC) and SSC Fellowships (SSCF); please note that all courses are hyperlinks which will take workforce members to dedicated pages to each course/program where they may find additional information. Above is an image of the Development Plan; however, you may view the full version and download a copy here: http://asc.army.mil/career-development/civilian/career-planning-steps/.

    The 2013-14 DAU-SSCF announcement is open January 22-March 28 to all eligible GS-14s and 15s who have met their current position certification requirements. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/. This program offered in Aberdeen, MD, Huntsville, AL, and Warren, MI provides a great opportunity for our civilians to attend a SSC within their local area.

    The “Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program” (ALCP) is the newest program to the AETE Portfolio for the Army. Based upon the huge success our sister service the Air Force has had with ALCP, we piloted multiple offerings of the 2.5 day course in FY12. For FY13, we are bringing the course to you. For more information on how to apply, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-leadership-challenge-program/. Below is the FY13 ALCP training dates (by location):

    FY13 ALCP Plan

    DATE Offering TYPE
    (ALCPI or II)
    LOCATION
    Jan. 14-18 Level I & Level II Atlanta, GA
    Feb. 25-March 1 Back-to-back Level I offerings Atlanta, GA
    March 11-15 Back-to-back Level I offerings Huntsville, AL
    April 29-May 3 Back-to-back Level I offerings Aberdeen, MD
    May 20-24 Level I & Level II Atlanta, GA
    June 10-14 Back-to-back Level I offerings Warren, MI
    July 29-Aug. 2 Level I & Level II Atlanta, GA
    Aug. 19-23 Back-to-back Level I offerings Aberdeen, MD

     
    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    The Army DACM office will start working with DAU to project the FY14 demand. On May 16, 2013 the FY14 schedule will be available for students to apply for classes. If students are unable to attend an FY13 course, they need to review and complete the required course prerequisite(s) now for a course they intend to take in the future. Students should continue to apply for FY13 courses available on the schedule. Planning and applying early will afford students better opportunity in obtaining a class in the timeframe requested. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Students should view the DAU I-catalog at http://icatalog.dau.mil to ensure they meet the prerequisite(s), prior to applying to a DAU course. A weekly low fill listing posted weekly at http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/tabnav.aspx to allow students opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low fill classes within 60 days of the class start date are available on a first come, first served basis.

    Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar office until the training has been approved by the supervisor. It is also imperative the student and supervisor email addresses are provided correctly on the Resources Internet Training Application System (AITAS) student profile. Please apply through the Army Training Requirements and AITAS at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas. For more information on DAU training to include, systematic instructions, training priority definition or frequently asked questions, please visit: http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-training. Once you receive a confirmed reservation in the requested class, ensure you attend the class as scheduled. Cancellation requests for a confirmed reservation must be submitted at least 30 calendar days before the class starts or by the reservation cutoff date, whichever is earlier, to avoid a ‘no show.’

    DAU provides a listing of equivalencies (http://icatalog.dau.mil/appg.aspx) for all courses delivered by DAU and/or predecessors courses, which are considered acceptable towards meeting current acquisition career field certification requirements. To document equivalencies, accepted by DAU that are obtained from other institutions, open a helpdesk ticket at: https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/index.cfm?fuseaction=support.helpRequest and request your Acquisition Career Record Brief be updated to reflect DAU equivalent course(s) completion. On September 4, DAU approved the very first DAU equivalent vendor, Trio Consulting accredited to teach BCF 211 – Acquisition Business Management. Students interested in taking BCF211 DAU equivalent course, should apply and contact the vendor directly. Trio Instructors can bring the course to your Organization to teach the course locally onsite. Please contact Trio directly at www.trio-consulting.com.

    BCF 211 will split into two courses: BCF 220 (Web) and BCF 225 (classroom). BCF 211-Acquisition Business Management transition to BCF 220 & BCF 225 will start for classes starting January 7, 2013. Students with reservations in classes starting that day and thereafter have been notified directly by DAU of the change and the requirement to complete the prerequisite course, BCF 220 prior to attending the resident portion, BCF 225. Students must successfully complete BCF 220 prior to applying to BCF 225. Students completing BCF 220 in advance, must review the course material at a minimum two weeks prior to start of date of the resident BCF 225 course to ensure successful completion. Taking the time to focus and successfully complete prerequisite course BCF 220 will likely determine the success of the resident portion (BCF 225).

    DAU course management has a new process to allow higher priority, specifically Priority 1 students, first preference in the DAU resident courses. As result, students in Priority 2 through 5 will be waitlisted for classes showing available seats. When a student is placed in a wait status, they will roll into a reservation 65 days prior to class start date if a Priority 1 does not encumber a seat. They could still be bumped up to five business days before the class reservation cut-off date or start date, whichever is higher if a higher priority student applied within the 65 days. The new process minimizes bumping and allows Priority 1 students to see which courses actually have seats available for them to obtain their required position certification.


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