• GOOD FELLOWS

    Competitive Development Group welcomes 2014 fellows

    The Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), Craig Spisak, welcomes seven new Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) fellows during an orientation meeting at Defense Acquisition University on April 1, 2014. The three-year fellowship program offers developmental assignments in program executive offices, assistant secretary of the army for acquisition, logistics and technology offices, U.S. Army Materiel Command Headquarters and functional organizations providing expanded training and leadership development for future Army acquisition leaders.

    From the left: Walter Hamm, U.S. Army Contracting Command; Maurice Stephens, Engineering Center and Communications Electronics Command; Kyle Bruner, Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T); Monica Clemons, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Chandra Evansmitchell, CDG/AFF program manager; Craig Spisak, USAASC director, Lauren McNew, PEO C3T; Kelly Courtney, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support and David Oatley, PEO Ammunition. (Photo by Bob Coultas)

    For more information on the CDG/AAF program go to http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/competitive-development-group-army-acquisition-fellowship/


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  • Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Education and training opportunities

     

    By USAASC Acquisition, Education and Training Branch

     

    2014 Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP): Applications will be accepted starting March 12- April 21. Following a review board, selections will be announced the week of May 19, 2014. Acceptance requires a three-year civilian service agreement (CSA). Acceptance to the program one year does not guarantee acceptance in subsequent years. Additional information and application instructions are available on the SLRP webpage.

    Defense Acquisition University-Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF): The announcement opened Jan. 29 and closes April 2. This Military Education Level One (MEL-1) Army-approved SSCF provides SSC equivalency at your local commuting area if you live in Maryland (Aberdeen Proving Ground), Alabama (Huntsville), or Michigan (Warren). The purpose of the SSCF is to provide leadership and acquisition training to prepare senior level civilians for senior leadership roles such as product and project managers, program executive officers and other key acquisition leadership positions. Participants not only graduate from an SSC, they will also complete the Army Program Managers Course (PMT 401), and have the option to complete a master’s degree. For additional information on this great GS-14/15 SSC, visit the DAU-SSCF website.

    The announcement can be accessed through the Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS). Log in 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.

    REMINDER: Applicants need to complete the Civilian Education System (CES) advanced course prior to the start of the fellowship. If interested applicants have not yet completed the resident portion of the advanced course due to lack of seat availability, a waiver may be requested.

    Naval Post Graduate School – Master’s of Science in Program Management (NPS-MSPM): The announcement closes March 18, 2014. NPS is the premier director of acquisition career management (DACM)-funded master’s degree program, and offers an opportunity to complete a master’s of science in program management on a part-time basis within two years. The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army DACM Office is the sponsor of the NPS-MSPM program and will fund the tuition and book costs.

    This eight-quarter part-time degree opportunity is open to permanent civilian members of the Army acquisition workforce who are GS-11-15 or broadband or pay band equivalent and have met their current position Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification requirement. The target audience for the NPS-MSPM program is high-performing workforce members who have been identified by their organization as demonstrating the potential for positions of increased responsibility. Because of limited funds, this program is primarily intended for our Army acquisition applicants who do not currently have a master’s in an acquisition- or business-related discipline. Eligible Army acquisition workforce members must first obtain a letter of acceptance from the NPS prior to submitting an application through the USAASC Army DACM Office for consideration of funding. Selection of applicants will depend on funding availability.

    For additional details and application instructions, visit the NPS-MSPM website.

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

    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

    FY15 DAU Course Registration: The FY15 course schedule will launch May 15. Students must plan their training schedule to ensure all required prerequisites outlined in the DAU iCatalog are met prior to registering for FY15 courses. Advance planning and applying early allows for timely completion of certification requirements and afford students a better opportunity to secure a reservation in their desired timeframe. Once open, eligible students should apply immediately in the Army Training Requirements (ATRRS) and Resources Internet Training Application System (AITAS) by selecting a “C” next to the most cost-effective class location. Encourage your supervisor to approve the training request as soon as you apply. Supervisors must approve the training prior to further processing by the USAASC registration office.

    FY14 DAU Course Registration: Students should continue to apply to the FY14 schedule using AITAS.

    Student Application Profile: It is imperative that both student and supervisor email addresses are correctly listed on the AITAS student profile. For students with a disability, please ensure you select “Yes” on your student profile. This selection prompts a DAU Student Services representative to contact the student directly with additional questions and provide reasonable accommodations for student during the training period. For more information on DAU training to include, systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, please visit DAU Training website.

    Low-fill Classes: A weekly low-fill listing, posted 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 the designated cost-effective location to minimize travel cost.

    Alternate Delivery Method Courses: DAU continues to pilot innovative delivery methods to provide the same level of seat capacity of 57,000 and providing effective learning assets. Alternate delivery methods for student pilots include video teleconferencing (VTC), Telepresence using high-definition resolution, Defense Connect Online (DCO), and flipped classroom. The pilots will continue to run until the end of FY14. Upcoming pilots include ACQ 370, class 951 at Chester, Va., using flipped classroom format. Students interested in attending this pilot offering should apply in AITAS. This class is scheduled for three and a half days starting April 15 and ending at noon Eastern time, April 18. You will be required to complete several online activities that include several reading assignments, preparing and submitting a written summation of the readings, viewing a video, completing a group project, and taking a quiz. For more information, visit the flipped classrooms website.

    College of Contract Management (CCM): CCM is now a new business unit under DAU with the primary goal to support tailored training for Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) employees. DAU deployed two new resident courses offered under the College of Contract Management (CCM), CMA 211 – Joint Government Flight Representative (GFR) and CMA 221-Joint Government Ground Representative (GGR). This is a certification course intended for those who will serve as an appointed GFR or GGR. If you are a supervisor or commander, contracting officer, contractor employee, or of another non-aircraft operations discipline who is interested in this subject matter, please pursue the Continuous Learning Module, CLX 110, “Fundamentals of GRF and GGR”. Commands must fund travel for both courses. DCMA employees, please seek travel funding from your unit.

    DAU deployment of Single Sign-On (SSO): DAU recently deployed a single sign-on (SSO) capability, which allows users to authenticate once and have access to multiple applications within DAU for which they have privileges. SSO will allow users many self-service options such as resetting your own DAU password and re-activating login accounts without having to call the DAU Help Desk to reset or reactivate accounts to the DAU Virtual Campus; access to communities of practice hosted on Acquisition Community Connection; and other knowledge sharing resources like the Defense Acquisition Portal. The deployment of SSO did result in latency issues causing a high call volume to the DAU helpdesk. For quicker assistance, DAU advises students to email instead of calling the helpdesk.


    • 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

    Education and training opportunities

     

    By USAASC Acquisition, Education and Training Branch

     

    Defense Acquisition University-Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF): The DAU-SSCF Announcement opened Jan. 29 and closes April 2, 2014. This Military Education Level One (MEL-1) Army approved Senior Service College Fellowship provides SSC equivalency at your local commuting area if you live in Maryland (Aberdeen Proving Ground), Alabama (Huntsville), or Michigan (Warren). The purpose of the SSCF Program is to provide leadership and acquisition training to prepare senior level civilians for senior leadership roles such as Product and Project Managers, Program Executive Officers and other key acquisition leadership positions. Participants not only graduate from a SSC, they will also complete the Army Program Managers Course (PMT 401), and have the option to complete a Masters Degree. For additional information on this great GS-14/15 Senior Service College, visit our DAU-SSCF website.

    The announcement will be offered 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 DACM available opportunities.

    REMINDER: Applicants need to complete the Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course prior to the start of the fellowship. If interested applicants have not yet completed the resident portion of the Advanced Course due to lack of seat availability, a waiver may be requested.

    Naval Post Graduate School – Masters of Science in Program Management (NPS-MSPM): The NPS-MSPM Announcement opened Feb. 3 and closes March 18, 2014. This degree program at NPS is the premier Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) funded master’s degree program. This program offers an opportunity to complete a Master’s of Science Degree in program management on a part-time basis within a two-year timeframe. The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army DACM Office is the sponsor of the NPS-MSPM program and will fund the tuition and book costs.

    This eight-quarter part-time degree opportunity is open to permanent civilian members of the Army acquisition workforce who are GS-11 through GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent and have met their current position Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification requirement. The target audience for the NPS-MSPM program is high performing workforce members who have been identified by their organization as demonstrating the potential for positions of increased responsibility. Due to limited funding, this program is primarily intended for our Army acquisition applicants who do not currently have a master’s degree in an acquisition or business related discipline. Eligible Army acquisition workforce members must first obtain a letter of acceptance from the NPS prior to submitting an application through the USAASC Army DACM Office for consideration of funding. Selection of applicants will depend on funding availability.

    For additional details and application instructions, visit our NPS-MSPM website.

    School of Choice (SOC): There will not be a SOC Announcement in FY14 because of the current fiscal environment. 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 potential for the DACM office to fund.

    Army DACM Mentoring Efforts: In response to attrition rates within the Army’s Acquisition Workforce (AAWF), new and innovative opportunities are being developed to ensure that the workforce of tomorrow is prepared to assume the roles and responsibilities of today’s senior acquisition leaders. In addition to the recruitment campaign enabled by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund, USAASC is developing an AAWF Mentoring Program, in three levels:


    Mentoring Level 1: Meet Your Virtual Acquisition Career Guide (VACG), “Ellie”

    USAASC recently completed pilot testing on an exciting capability based upon virtual human technology. While “Ellie” will never be able to, nor is she intended to replace the face-to-face/personal relationship of mentors and protégés, “Ellie” has demonstrated the ability to provide a consistent message at any time, at any location to a member of the workforce, as it pertains to the Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) and the offerings of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Additionally, “Ellie” is able to ascertain the AAWF member’s current certification status, currency of the IDP and compliance under the Army’s continuous learning policy (CLP). Future efforts under consideration include personalized certification guidance, general business skills, leadership competencies and career roadmap guidance.

    Note: USAASC would like to acknowledge and thank the contracting workforce at Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their participation and feedback during beta and pilot testing.

    Related story: “Meet Ellie, your new virtual human acquisition career guide.”


    Mentoring Level 2: Meet Your USAASC Virtual Mentor

    USAASC intends to capitalize on existing virtual technology to foster a robust exchange of information between protégés and mentors, to include expanding the Career Acquisition Personnel Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS) Workforce Management Inquiry system, an online FAQ function supported by dedicated career management staff; USAASC-sponsored Go To Meetings/ Defense Connect Online (DCO) meetings; and flash mentoring, a one-time meeting that enables an individual to learn and seek guidance from a more experienced person who can pass on relevant knowledge and experience.


    Mentoring Level 3: Meet Your Mentor

    USAASC is piloting this phase, with the assistance of current Army key leadership position members and members of the Army’s competitive development groups, graduates of the senior service college programs, and prior centralized selection list applicants, resulting in pilot mapping arrangements of approximately 60 AAWF members. USAASC presented program participants with a two-day training program enabling live interaction via a professional, to kick start the pilot program. Formalized mentoring agreements were executed identifying rules of engagement, goals and future interactions. Following this session, USAASC gathered feedback from program participants on their experiences and perceptions, and although only months old, this information is being used to improve the mentor-protégé experience through the pilot program. According to one participant, “[The pilot program] addresses a weakness that the Army has had for a long time, which is putting an emphasis on mentoring our employees to assist them in reaching their potential.”

    As each phase is developed and vetted, USAASC will keep you informed on how you or your organization may capitalize on our lessons learned and the program elements suited for your individual and programmatic needs.

    DAU Research Award – One of last year’s DAU-SSC Fellows, Eileen Whaley, completed a research paper co-authored by DAU Professor Dana Stewart entitled, “Path from Urgent Operational Need to Program of Record,” and recently won the 2014 DAU Alumni Association Edward Hirsch Acquisition Writing Award. The award will be presented at Fort Belvoir, Va. in April during the Acquisition Symposium. The article will appear in an upcoming edition of the Defense Acquisition Research Journal, a peer reviewed DAU publication.

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

     

     

     

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    FY14 DAU Course Registration: Students should continue to apply to the FY14 schedule using AITAS. 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. Supervisors must approve the training request in Army Training Requirements (ATRRS) and Resources Internet Training Application System (AITAS) for application processing by USAASC registration office. 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.

    FY15 DAU Schedule Build: Army DACM Office, in conjunction with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is in the early phase of developing the FY15. The anticipated ‘go live’ date for the FY15 schedule is May 15. Student plan their training schedule not to meet prerequisites requirements prior to registration for a FY15 course. Doing so will ensure timely completion of certification requirements and afford student obtain a reservation in their desired timeframe.

    Student Application Profile: It is imperative the student and supervisor email address is correctly listed on the AITAS student profile. For students with a disability, please ensure you select “Yes” on your student profile. This selection prompts a DAU Student Services representative to contact the student directly with additional questions and provide reasonable accommodations for student during the training period. For more information on DAU training to include, systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, please visit USAASC’s DAU Training webpage .

    Low fill Classes: 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 the designated cost-effective location to minimize travel cost.

    Alternate Delivery Method Courses: In a constrained fiscal environment, DAU is looking at using innovative delivery methods to provide the same level of seat capacity of 57,000, at the same time providing effective learning assets. Alternate delivery methods for student pilots include video teleconferencing Telepresence using high definition resolution, Defense Connect Online, flipped classroom. The pilots will continue to run until the end of FY14. Upcoming pilots include Telepresence for three FE 301 offerings (Ft. Belvoir, Huntsville, Ala. and California, Md.) and PMT 401 (Kettering, Ohio). ACQ 370 will be conducted in April 2014 at Chester Va. using flipped classroom format.

    College of Contract Management (CCM): CCM is now a new business unit under DAU with the primary goal to support tailored training for Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) employees. DAU deployed two new resident courses offered under the CCM: CMA 211 – Joint Government Flight Representative (GFR) and CMA 221 – Joint Government Ground Representative (GGR). This is a certification course, which is intended for those who will serve as an appointed GFR, or GGRs. If you are a supervisor/commander, contracting officer, contractor employee, or of another non-aircraft operations discipline who is interested in this subject matter, please pursue the Continuous Learning Module, CLX 110, “Fundamentals of GRF and GGR”. Commands must fund travel for both courses. DCMA employees, please seek funding from your unit.


    • 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

    Education and training opportunities

    Congratulations to Newly Selected Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows:
    Congratulations to the Year Group 14 (YG 14) CDG/AAF inductees. The YG 14 inductees are:

    • Kyle Bruner, Program Executive Office (PEO) Combat Support & Combat Service Support
    • Monica Clemons, Army Contracting Command
    • Kelly Courtney, Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM)
    • Walter Hamm, Army Contracting Command
    • Lauren McNew, PEO Command, Control, Communications-Tactical
    • David Oatley, RDECOM
    • Maurice Stephens, Communications-Electronics Command

    The CDG/AAF Program is a three-year leadership program that offers competitively selected GS-12/13s (or broad/pay band equivalent) expanded leadership training and experience opportunities.

    Defense Acquisition University-Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF): The DAU-SSCF announcement will open Jan. 29 and close April 2, 2014. This Military Education Level One (MEL-1) Army approved Senior Service College Fellowship provides SSC equivalency at your local commuting area if you live in either Maryland (APG), Alabama (Huntsville) or Michigan (Warren). The purpose of the SSCF Program is to provide leadership and acquisition training to prepare senior level civilians for senior leadership roles such as product and project managers, program executive officers and other key acquisition leadership positions. Participants not only graduate from a SSC, but will also complete the Army Program Managers Course (PMT 401), and have the option to complete a master’s degree. For additional information on this great GS-14/15 Senior Service College, go to the DAU-SSCF website.

    The announcement will be offered 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 DACM available opportunities.

    REMINDER: Applicants must to complete Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course prior to the start of the fellowship.

    School of Choice (SOC): There will not be a 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 Masters Degree during duty-time, please contact the AET Branch Chief, Scott Greene, to discuss potential for the DACM office to fund.

    Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP):
    Now in its 4th FY, ALCP is quickly becoming the foundation of Army acquisition civilian leadership development. This two-and-a-half day leadership experience challenges students to examine themselves and their environments in order to become stronger leaders within their current and future organizations.

    The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office has split our FY14 offerings into four quarters. The announcement for Q3 will be open Feb. 10 – March 10, 2014.

    NOTE: ALCP will not be announced using AAPDS. If interested, please contact your command/organization Acquisition Career Management Advocate (ACMA) or Organizational Acquisition POC (OAP) to obtain a command allocation.

     

    OFFERING DATE COURSE LEVEL LOCATION WHO MAY ATTEND ANNOUNCEMENT DATES*
    Jan. 13-15, 2014 ALCP I Atlanta, Ga. All-WF GS12/13 Closed
    Jan. 15-17 ALCP II Atlanta All-WF GS14/15 Closed
    Feb. 24-26 ALCP I Alexandria, Va. Local-WF GS12/13 Closed
    Feb. 26-28 ALCP I Alexandria Local-WF GS14/15 Closed
    March 3-4 ALCP B Aberdeen, Md. Local-WF GS07-11 Closed
    March 17-19 ALCP I Orlando, Fla. Local-WF GS12/13 Closed
    March 19-21 ALCP I Orlando, FL Local-WF GS12/13 Closed
    April 28-30 ALCP I Aberdeen Local-WF GS12/13 Feb. 10 – March 10
    April 30 – May 2 ALCP I Aberdeen Local-WF GS12/13 Feb. 10 – March 10
    May 19-21 ALCP I Atlanta All-WF GS12/13 Feb. 10 – March 10
    May 21-23 ALCP II Atlanta All-WF GS14/15 Feb. 10 – March 10
    June 9-11 ALCP I Warren, Mich. Local-WF GS12/13 Feb. 10 – March 10
    June 11-13 ALCP II Warren Local-WF GS14/15 Feb. 10 – March 10
    June 23-24 ALCP B Huntsville, Ala. Local-WF GS07-11 Feb. 10 – March 10
    July 28-30 ALCP I Huntsville Local-WF GS12/13 TBD
    July 30 – Aug. 1 ALCP I Huntsville Local-WF GS14/15 TBD
    Aug. 18-20 ALCP I Atlanta All-WF GS12/13 TBD
    Aug. 20-22   ALCP II Atlanta All-WF GS14/15 TBD
    Aug. 25-26 ALCP B Atlanta All-WF GS07-11 TBD
    Aug. 27-28 ALCP B Atlanta All-WF GS07-11 TBD

     

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

     

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    • FY14 DAU Course Registration: Students should continue to apply to the FY14 schedule using AITAS. 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. Supervisors must approve the training request in Army Training Requirements (ATRRS) and Resources Internet Training Application System (AITAS) for application processing by USAASC registration office. 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 in follow on courses are cancelled if prerequisite requirements are not met.
    • It is imperative the student and supervisor email address is listed correctly on the AITAS student profile. Please apply through the AITAS. For more information on DAU training to include, systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, please visit USAASC’s DAU Training webpage.
    • TDY Funding for DAU classes: Students should apply to the classes available in the next cost-effective location. We received reduced DAU travel funds for FY14. USAASC will only fund Priority 1 and 2 students travel to cost effective locations.
    • Low fill Classes: 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.
    • Alternate Delivery Method Courses: In a constrained fiscal environment, DAU is looking at using innovative delivery methods to provide the same level of seat capacity of 57,000, at the same time providing effective learning assets. Alternate delivery methods for student pilots include video teleconferencing (VTC), Telepresence using high definition resolution, Defense Connect Online (DCO), and flipped classroom. The pilots will continue to run until the end of FY14. DAU hopes to offer alternate delivery courses on the FY15 schedule. Upcoming pilots include Telepresence for three FE 301 offerings (Fort Belvoir, Huntsville, Ala., and California, Md.) and PMT 401 (Kettering Ohio). ACQ 370 will be conducted in April 2014 at Chester Va. using flipped classroom format.
    • College of Contract Management (CCM): CCM is now a new business unit under DAU with the primary goal to support tailored training for Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) employees. DAU will deploy two new resident courses offered under CCM, CMA 211 – Joint Government Flight Representative (GFR) and CMA 221 – Joint Government Ground Representative (GGR). This is a certification course, which is intended for those who will serve as an appointed GFR, or GGRs. If you are a supervisor/commander, contracting officer, contractor employee, or of another nonaircraft-operations discipline who is interested in this subject matter, please pursue the Continuous Learning Module, CLX 110, “Fundamentals of GRF and GGR.”
    • FY15 Schedule Build: The Army DACM is responsible for submitting the Army’s DAU training demand. Commands and PEOs are solicited to host DAU onsites in FY15. Army DAU onsites are classes hosted by a command or organization. The intent of the onsites is to bring localized required DAU Training to the students to save on travel cost. Onsites are ideal locations where DAU main or satellite campus is not available locally. Army onsites will be included in the Army’s consolidated seat demand to DAU. Once finalized, the FY15 schedule will be available for student registration on Thursday, 15 May 2014.

    • 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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    Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF)
    Congratulations to DAU, as well as the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) staff, for recently having our fellowship awarded Senior Service College equivalency by the Army G-3. Our fellowship is the first civilian fellowship to be granted equivalency. DAU-SSCF is now an official Military Education Level 1 (MEL-1) training program. Our goal for the past three years while working toward this was to be able to have DAU-SSCF recognized on the same level as the U.S. Army War College and the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formally ICAF).

    School of Choice
    We will not be offering the School of Choice program this year due to funding constraints. Please look for this program to be offered in FY14 again depending on the fiscal environment.

    Naval Post Graduate School – Masters of Science in Program Management (NPS-MSPM)
    The announcement will be open through 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, go to http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/naval-postgraduate-school-master-of-science-in-program-management/.

    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. For more information, go to http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/excellence-in-government-fellows-program/.

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    FY14 DAU SCHEDULE: 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 will 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 provide 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.

    TENTATIVE DAU FURLOUGH PLANNING: DAU plans to support the teaching schedule under furlough conditions. For updated information from DAU on furlough impacts, go to http://www.dau.mil/news/studentfurloughinfo.aspx. Students attending a DAU course will assume the furlough schedule of DAU and not their home organization for the duration of their DAU training. The tentative plan is as follows:

    • 1 week courses, Friday will be the furlough day.
    • 2 week courses, Monday of the first week and Friday of the second week will be the furlough days.
    • 4 week courses that start at the beginning of the pay period, Monday of the first week, Friday of the second week, and Thursday and Friday of the 4th week will be the furlough days.
    • 4 week courses that start the second week of the pay period, Thursday and Friday of week 3 and Friday of week 4 will be the furlough days.

    NOTE: This plan is not final. Once the plan is formalized, DAU will contact the DACM offices, post to the DAU website and send notices to students

    BUDGET IMPACTS TO DAU (Travel and Delivery Methods): With the overall demand for DAU classroom seats growing every year, the demand exceeds the available supply DAU can provide. Preliminary estimates show a 20 percent reduction in classroom capacity from budget cuts. DAU’s goal is to consider other teaching methods which would not dilute the overall authenticity of the classroom course material, while attempting to prevent reduction in classroom graduates. In December 2012, DAU kicked off an integrated project team (IPT) to evaluate alternate delivery methods for DAU classroom courses. The IPT consists of six teams analyzing five different methods: 1) VTC/Telepresence, 2) DCO/GoToMeeting/Lync, 3) Distance learning, 4) Shortened course duration and 5) Targeted or limited size “local only” on-sites. The IPT has conducted detailed reviews of each method and will present the results to Dr. James McMichael, acting president of DAU. The next steps include determining which methods are applicable and developing a timeline to phase in their implementations.

    APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar’s office until the training has been approved by the supervisor. Please apply through the Army Training Requirements (ATRRS) and Resources Internet Training Application System (AITAS) at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas. It is imperative that student and supervisor email addresses be provided correctly in the AITAS student profile. For more information on DAU training, including systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, go to 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 submitted at least 30 calendar days before the class starts or by the reservation cutoff date, whichever is earlier, to avoid a ‘no-show’.

    STUDENT PRIORITIES: 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 Priorities 2 through 5 will be waitlisted for classes showing available seats. When a student is placed in a wait status, if a Priority 1 does not encumber a seat, the waitlisted student will roll into a reservation 65 days prior to class start date. The student could still be bumped from the class 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 day period. 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. For additional information about the priority system, go to http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-training/training-priority-information/.


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  • Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Education and Training Opportunities

    Even in the face of significant fiscal constraints, our acquisition workforce has statutory requirements to meet. Therefore, we will still be offering many of our acquisition education, training, and experience opportunities. On March 13, 2013, the Hon. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense, published a memorandum, Continuation of Centrally Funded Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund Initiatives, wherein 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.”

    Listed below are three programs that will continue to be offered.

    Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF)
    The 2013-2014 announcement is open through April 1, 2013 to all eligible personnel in GS-14 and GS-15 or equivalent broadband/pay band equivalent positions 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 SSCF within their local commuting area.

    Naval Post Graduate School – Masters of Science in Program Management
    The announcement will be open through 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, go to: http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/naval-postgraduate-school-master-of-science-in-program-management/.

    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. For more information, go to: http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/excellence-in-government-fellows-program/.

    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 Dr. 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 due to 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 DAU Travel Status memo, please go to: http://asc.army.mil/web/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/DAU-Travel-Status-Memo-2013.pdf.

    Furlough Impact
    DAU plans to support the teaching schedule under furlough conditions. Students may view DAU’s tentative furlough plan at https://atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas/appdefault.asp.

    Note: This plan is not final. Once the plan is formalized, DAU will provide details 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.

    FY14 Schedule
    On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the FY14 schedule will be available for students to apply for classes. 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 provide 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.

    Application Process
    Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar office until the training has approved by the supervisor. It is also imperative the student and supervisor email address is provided correctly in the Army Training Requirements and Resources (ATRRS) Internet Training Application System (AITAS) student profile. Please apply at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas. For more information on DAU training including systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, please go to: http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-training/faqs/. Once you receive a confirmed reservation in the requested class, ensure you attend the class as scheduled. Cancellation request 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.

    Equivalencies
    DAU provides a list of equivalencies (http://icatalog.dau.mil/appg.aspx) for all courses delivered by DAU and/or predecessor courses, which are considered acceptable towards meeting current acquisition career field certification requirements. To document your approved equivalency, 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 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, they will roll into a reservation 65 days prior to the 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 has 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

    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 from June 24 through 28, 2013 in Huntsville Ala. The course is available starting 4th quarter FY13. Interested Army students may register for the offerings in AITAS: https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas/.


     
     
     
     
     
     


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    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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  • Education and Training Opportunities

    • The “Competitive Development Group – Army Acquisition Fellows” announcement will be open through Nov. 15 to all eligible personnel in GS-12 through GS-13 or broadband/pay equivalent positions who are level III certified in any career field. The Program provides expanded training, leadership, experiential and other career development opportunities. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/competitive-development-group-army-acquisition-fellowship/announcements/.

    • 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 our sister Service the Air Force has had with ALCP, we piloted multiple offerings of the 21/2 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
    Jan. 14-18 Level I & Level II Atlanta, GA
    Feb. 25-March 1 Back-to-back Level I offerings Huntsville, AL
    March 11-15 Level I & Level II Huntsville, AL
    April 29-May 3 Level I & Level II 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 Huntsville, AL
    Aug. 19-23 Back-to-back Level I offerings Aberdeen, MD

     
    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

    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 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.

    Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar office until the training has approved by the supervisor. Please apply through the Army Training Requirements and Resources Internet Training Application System at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas. For more information on DAU training to include, systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, please see link at http://asc.army.mil/career/programs/dau/default.cfm. Once you receive a confirmed reservation in the requested class, ensure you attend the class as scheduled. 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’.

    Any workforce related inquires (DAU training, DAU Course Travel Orders, Certification, IDP, ACRB issues) should be submitted through the Workforce Management Inquiry system within Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP): https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. If you logged in CAMP, click on the “Help Request” button for assistance. Otherwise, you may open a ticket without logging in CAMP at: https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/index.cfm?fuseaction=support.helpRequest.

    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 non Army Schools, open a help desk 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. In September, DAU approved the very first DAU equivalent vendor, Trio Consulting, 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 7 January 2013. Students with reservations in classes starting 7 January and thereafter have been notified directly by DAU of the change and the requirement to complete the prerequisite course, BCF 220 before attending the resident portion, BCF 225. Students must successfully complete BCF 220 prior to applying to BCF 225. Students completing BCF 220 far 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.

    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, 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 start date 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.


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    Education and Training Opportunities

    The Army’s Training with Industry (TWI) Program is a one-year work-experience training program designed to take selected officers out of the military environment and expose them to the latest commercial business practices, organizational structures and cultures, technology development processes, and the latest corporate management techniques. The companies that partner with the Army in this training program are developers of innovative, cutting-edge technologies and/or established business leaders in their respective fields. Each TWI has been established for officers to gain program management experience.

    This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as only ten officers a year are selected to participate. For more information on how to apply, visit https://www.hrc.army.mil/Officer/Advanced%20Education%20Programs%20AEP. For information on the Army Acquisition Corps’ policy as well as specific information on each company involved, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/aac-training-with-industry/.

    By reviewing the companies involved, you can see if you may be a fit based on your background and experience. The application deadline for this program is Nov. 9. The convening date is Nov. 12-16 and the program start date will be between June and September 2013.

    If you have questions on how to apply or to discuss if this is a good fit for you, please contact your Assignment Officer. For other inquiries, please contact Marti Giella at 703-805-2700, DSN 655-2700, Marti.Giella@us.army.mil or Scott Greene at 703-805-1229, DSN 655-1229, Scott.Greene4@us.army.mil.

    The Competitive Development Group–Army Acquisition Fellows announcement is open through Nov. 15 to all eligible personnel in grades GS-12 through GS-13 or broadband/pay equivalent positions who are Level III certified in any career field. The program provides expanded training, leadership, experiential, and other career development opportunities. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/competitive-development-group-army-acquisition-fellowship/announcements/.

    Defense Acquisition University Training

    Oct. 1, 2012 marked the beginning of FY13, and new FY13 classes are underway at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Acquisition workforce members who have not met their current Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act position requirements should view FY13 certification requirements at http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/CareerLvl.aspx. After completing the requirements, apply for certification through the Certification Management System at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. Certification requirements can change each fiscal year, effective Oct. 1.

    Students should continue to apply for available FY13 DAU courses. Planning and applying early will give students a better chance of obtaining a class in the timeframe requested. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. To view the DAU I-catalog, go to http://icatalog.dau.mil and ensure that you meet the prerequisite(s) before applying to a DAU course. A weekly low-fill listing is posted at http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/tabnav.aspx, affording 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 that 60-day period.

    Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar’s office until your supervisor has approved the training. Apply through the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) Internet Training Application System (AITAS) at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas. For more information on DAU training, including systematic instructions, training priorities, and frequently asked questions, go to http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/. After receiving 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.”

    Career Management Questions

    Any workforce-related inquires, such as on DAU training, DAU Travel Orders, certification, Individual Development Plans, and Acquisition Career Record Briefs, should be submitted through the Workforce Management Inquiry system within Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP)/Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System, at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. Once logged into CAMP, click on “Help Request” for assistance. Otherwise, you may open a ticket without logging into CAMP, at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/index.cfm?fuseaction=support.helpRequest.


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


    On Sept. 4, the university approved the very first DAU equivalent vendor, Trio Consulting LLC, accredited to teach BCF 211, Acquisition Business Management. Students interested in taking the BCF 211 DAU-equivalent course should apply and contact the vendor directly. Trio instructors can bring the course to your organization to teach the course locally on-site. Contact Trio through its website at http://www.trio-consulting.com.


    The transition of BCF 211 to BCF 220 and BCF 225 has begun for classes beginning in early January 2013. BCF 211 will be split into two courses: BCF 220 (Web) and BCF 225 (Classroom). Students with reservations in classes starting Jan. 7, 2013 and thereafter will receive notification of the change directly from DAU, along with information on the requirement to complete the prerequisite course, BCF 220, before attending the resident portion, BCF 225. As of Oct. 11, students are no longer able to register for BCF 211; the course will be replaced with BCF 220 and BCF 225. Again, students who need BCF 211 must complete BCF 220 before applying to BCF 225.


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    Education and Training Opportunities

    The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) announcement is open until July 31 to all eligible personnel in GS-11 through GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent positions who have met their current position certification requirement. ATAP is an amazing opportunity to complete either your bachelor’s or master’s degree during off-duty time and have the Army pay for it! For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-tuition-assistance-program/.

    The Excellence in Government Fellowship (EIGF) announcement will be open from July 12 through Aug. 13 to all eligible personnel in grades GS-14 through 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 them. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/excellence-in-government-fellows-program/.

     

    Defense Acquisition University Training

    The FY13 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) class schedule has been available for registration since May 17. Students should continue to apply for courses available in FY12 and on the FY13 schedule. Planning and applying early will afford students a better chance of 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 iCatalog at http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/AllPredecessor.aspx to ensure that they meet the prerequisite(s) before applying to a DAU course. Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar office until the training has approved by the supervisor.

    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, and frequently asked questions, please visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/civilian/dau-certification-training/. Once you receive a confirmed reservation in the requested class, ensure that you attend the class as scheduled. Cancellations for a confirmed reservation must be requested at least 30 calendar days before the class starts or by the reservation cutoff date, whichever is earlier.

    DAU revised its student academic and administrative policies and procedures (Directive 704). The document supersedes and consolidates previous DAU student academic policies and procedures. Please view the revised directive at: https://myclass.dau.mil/bbcswebdav/institution/Courses/Deployed/01_CurriculumDocumentation/Student%20Info%20and%20Policy/DIR%20704%20Student%20Academic%20Policies.pdf.

    The AITAS help inquiry system stood down on June 4. Any workforce-related inquires, such as DAU training, Individual Development Plans, and Acquisition Career Record Brief issues) should be submitted through the Workforce Management Inquiry system within CAMP/CAPPMIS (https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/). If you are logged into CAMP, click on the “Help Request” button for assistance. Otherwise, you may open a ticket without logging into CAMP at: https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/index.cfm?fuseaction=support.helpRequest.

    The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center has been working with G-1, ATRRS to transfer DAU equivalent and fulfillment training data from the Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) within CAMP/CAPPMIS into ATRRS and on the DAU transcript. The first batch file was successfully uploaded April 17. This process will recur weekly to upload new records posted to the ACRB. More than 7,000 training records were added to ATRRS. DAU provides a listing of equivalencies for all courses delivered by DAU and/or predecessor courses, which are considered acceptable toward meeting current acquisition career field certification requirements. To document equivalencies accepted by DAU that are obtained from non-Army schools, open a helpdesk ticket at: https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/index.cfm?fuseaction=support.helpRequest and request that your ACRB be updated to reflect completion of DAU equivalent course(s).

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