The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is a one-stop shop for everything acquisition career-related. Your Army DACM Office is responsible for ensuring acquisition career development, talent management initiatives, and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification (training, education and experience) of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). The AAW consists of approximately 37,000 Army acquisition civilian and military leaders and professionals residing in Army staff offices, Army commands, Army service component commands, program executive offices, and direct reporting units.
The Army DACM Office works directly with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition), the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) (USD AT&L), and the USD AT&L Human Capital Initiatives (HCI) Office to enable acquisition workforce initiatives and to serve as advocates for the AAW.
Acquisition award nominations due June 15
by Susan L. Follett FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 21, 2018)—Nominations for the 2018 Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)) Acquisition Awards are now being accepted, providing the Army acquisition community with an opportunity to showcase some of its most noteworthy accomplishments. “These awards are more than just a great way to promote the organizations and individuals who have made important contributions to defense acquisition,” said Craig Spisak, director of the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). “Nominating people for awards is about talent management—about finding a way to keep the right person in the right job at the right time.” The 2018 USD(A&S) awards program has four categories: The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Innovation Award recognizes organizations for exceptional outside-the-box thinking and progress in tackling workforce development challenges. The Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Award recognizes individuals in each of the 17 acquisition functional disciplines. The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes civilian and military teams that demonstrate innovation and technical excellence in acquisition to achieve more cost-effective outcomes for the warfighter and the taxpayer. The Flexibility in Contracting Award recognizes DOD civilian and military professionals who have, in their approach to program management and contracting, demonstrated innovation and local adaptation by using the flexibilities and authorities granted by the Federal Acquisition Regulation and DOD Instruction 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System, to increase the efficiency of programs. All nominations must be submitted online at http://asc.army.mil/web/acquisition-awards/ by the close of business on June 15. As the official collection point for Army nominations, USAASC will compile the nominations and submit them to senior leadership, which will then submit the strongest applications to USD(A&S) for consideration. The Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager (PSM) Award is also accepting nominations. This award recognizes the PSM accomplishments and contributions in two categories: Major Defense Acquisition Programs/Major Acquisition Information Systems, Acquisition Category (ACAT) I PSMs; and Major Weapon System/Other Weapon Systems, ACAT II and below PSMs. The deadline for submitting nominations for this award is midnight EDT on June 22. Winners will be announced later this year or early next year. Detailed information on each award and instructions on submitting nominations can be found at https://asc.army.mil/web/acquisition-awards/. “A little bit of recognition is one of our best tools for garnering great performance from the talent of our workforce,” Spisak said. “Recognizing people by nominating them for an award is probably the strongest message that you can send to advocate for those people and to motivate them.” Read through all of the instructions before you begin and make sure you understand all of the deadlines, page limits and information requirements. As you’re writing up the nomination, be specific and concise: What was the challenge? How was it overcome, and what puts that solution head and shoulders above the other nominees? Before you hit send, proofread. Then proofread again. Extra time invested in writing your nomination pays dividends once the winners are announced. Subscribe to Army AL&T News, the premier online news source for the Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Related posts: DACM Corner: Growing the Acquisition Workforce New CREW Maintenance University Eliminates Need for Additional Training February 2016 Hot Topics DAU Senior Service College Fellows complete Program Manager’s Course
Career Corner: Three things you need to know if you want that next job
By Scott Greene This marks my fourth column on the civilian Centralized Selection List (CSL) process. Happily, we had our most successful results with the past FY19 board: 12 civilians selected as primaries for product manager positions and three selected for project manager roles. A huge congratulations to all those selected as well as the individuals who were activated off of the alternate list. This upward trend in civilian selection rates has led me to focus on three things: mobility, new “regional preference” rules and a suggestion for those who want to apply for project manager before serving as product manager. First, acquisition leadership wants civilians to be mobile. The intent is not to make civilians more like the military. It is rooted in ensuring that individuals have varying experiences in multiple organizations and locations as they develop. The broader and better rounded your resume looks, the more competitive it makes you (in addition to a strong Senior Rater Potential Evaluations). Don’t be afraid to take jobs outside your region. We recognize the need for alignment with your personal and family priorities. My point is to at least think about it and look for ways to work it into your professional and personal plans. Second, the Acquisition Talent Management Board of Directors, chaired by Lt. Gen. Paul A. Ostrowski, recently voted to change how civilian regional preference will work for CSL moving forward: NEW GUIDANCE: Civilians will no longer be allowed to provide a regional preference IF they have already served at that level previously while as a civilian. If selected, the slating process will still try to accommodate civilians regionally. Any declination by a civilian in this circumstance would be WITH PREJUDICE, and that individual would be ineligible to compete again at that level. Third, competitiveness for being selected as a project manager is much greater if you have previously served as a product manager. While it is not a stated prerequisite, one should be prepared to do product first. I know many GS-15s might view the role as less desirable because it is classified as a GS-14 position; however, try not to look at it that way. Instead, look at it as a centrally selected product manager position. If you are technically a GS-15/NH-04, you won’t lose any pay if you get the product-level positions. Think about your aspirations: If you want to be a project manager, there are certain experiences that make you a more competitive candidate. I look forward to your applications, and best of luck! For more information, visit the CSL website. Project manager announcement: April 16 – June 6 Board dates: Aug. 6-10 Tentative board results: November/December 2018 Product manager announcement: June 11 – July 26 Board dates: Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 Tentative board results: April/May 2019 Spread the word! You can get all the newest acquisition career and workforce information mailed straight to your inbox. Related posts: Program Executive Office Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation Shapes Future Contracting Professionals USAASC to Provide Acquisition Career Counseling at AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition Acquisition Education and Training Corner: November 2011 Latest DACM newsletter jam-packed with information
January 2018 MOS 51C reclassification board results
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 7, 2018)—The 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification panel concluded Feb. 1 and selected the following candidates for reclassification. Active Component Reserve Component Staff Sgt. Kelly Collins Sgt. 1st Class Tesha Crawford Staff Sgt. Nicholas Huffman Sgt. 1st Class Amy Hall Staff Sgt. China Lee Sgt. 1st Class John Hickman Staff Sgt. Keith Locklear Staff Sgt. Marsha Sibbles Staff Sgt. Matthew Marshall Sgt. Gustavo Baronriveros Staff Sgt. Cody Martin Sgt. Dawit Gebreyesus Staff Sgt. Janice Middleton Staff Sgt. Jeffery Modlin Staff Sgt. Rajeev Shrestha Staff Sgt. Michael Tull Staff Sgt. Yingmei Yang For more information about the 51C Reclassification programs go to https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/military-nco/field51/. The next 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification panel is scheduled to convene July 23-27. Deadline for packets to be submitted is midnight EDT June 21. For instruction on how to submit a packet, please visit the website at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/military-nco/field51/. Related posts: USAASC announces October MOS 51C reclassification board results USAASC announces April MOS 51C reclassification board results USAASC announces MOS 51C June reclassification board results Acquisition Education and Training Corner: March 2011 Update