The PPTE program provides selected DOD acquisition workforce employees the opportunity to complete a professional assignment with industry by serving for six months with a private sector organization. PPTE promotes increased communication between government and industry, enables participants to gain a better understanding of industry’s business operations and challenges, and facilitates the sharing of innovative best practices.
Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
- Must be a US Citizen with an active Secret Clearance.
- Must be a permanent tenure Civilian member of the Army Acquisition Workforce. Exception: per Section 1109, FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Section 11.A.3.f, 82 Federal Register 43339, eligibility to participate in PPTE is extended to flexible length and renewable term technical appointment employees in the Department of Defense laboratories designated as Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories (STRLs). Term employees not appointed under Section 1109, FY16 NDAA are not eligible for PPTE. Tenure status is indicated on the employee’s SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, Block 24.
- Must be mid-career professional in the grades of GS-13 through GS-15 (or broadband equivalent); 10 to 15 years of acquisition experience preferred.
- Must meet DAWIA position certification requirement.
- Annual base salary not to exceed $172,500.
- Application period opens: 4 November 2021
- Application period closes: 28 December 2021
- Applicant Notification: early February 2022
- Program Start: March 2022
Selected participants will be individuals with high documented leadership potential who are seeking to broaden their career through hands-on experience with private industry partners gaining insight into their priorities, strategies, and operations through a six-month resident and/or remote assignment. Participants must have knowledge, skills, and abilities to be considered a subject matter expert in their respective career fields.
Opportunities with Industry
The DAU Human Capital Initiatives (HCI) Office arranges the private sector organizations that will host DOD participants. HCI also obtains position descriptions for the various work assignments that the participants might perform. Industry partners who have participated in the past include Deloitte, Unisys, CACI, Amazon, Clark Construction, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Raytheon. At this time, HCI is in the process of finalizing the FY22 organizations and assignments. HCI is making efforts to include assignments that can be performed remotely in addition to resident opportunities. As opportunities are identified, this website will be updated; however, be sure to submit your application by the 28 December deadline. The Army DACM Office will inform applicants of all opportunities once they are finalized.
Types of Assignments
Assignments will be of an acquisition nature. Members of all acquisition career fields are eligible to apply.
The length of the typical PPTE assignment is six months. Assignments may be shorter in order to accommodate the needs of the participant’s home organization. PPTE FY22 is expected to kick off on 1 March 2022 with an orientation. Those participating for six months will wrap up their PPTE experience at the end of August.
The salary of DOD participants is paid by their respective home organizations. PPTE is not centrally funded. Any costs related to participation in the program, including but not limited to travel, TDY, and per diem, must be funded by the home organization.
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
The DOD component, the private-sector organization, and the participant must complete a written MOA which describes the rights, responsibilities, and other terms of the assignment. A sample MOA can be viewed at https://www.hci.mil/docs/ppte/2020PPTE_DraftFigure1SampleMOA.docx. Participants must also complete an NDA, which can be viewed at https://www.hci.mil/docs/ppte/2020PPTE_NDA.pdf. Should the applicant be selected for a PPTE assignment with industry, the MOA and NDA will be executed at that time.
Financial Disclosure Report
Participants must complete a financial disclosure report. The report can be found at https://www.oge.gov/Web/oge.nsf/Resources/OGE+Form+450. Should the applicant be selected for a PPTE assignment with industry, the form will be submitted at that time.
WHERE TO APPLY
The application process is located online in the Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS). To access AAPDS:
- Log into the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP) at https://apps.asc.army.mil/camp/
- Click on the “CAPPMIS” button
- Once in CAPPMIS, click the “AAPDS” tab
- Click on “Apply”
- Find “DOD PPTE FY22” in the list and click the associated “Apply” link in the rightmost column
Before beginning the application, individuals should read the information on this page under “DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION.” In AAPDS, follow the instructions within each section and click the “Submit Application” button when you have completed your application. If you would like to save your work and return to your application later, click the “Save” button.
Note for flexible length and renewable term AAW employees of Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories (STRLs): In order to apply for PPTE, your supervisor must first submit an email stating that you are an STRL employee appointed under Section 1109, FY16 NDAA to the PPTE program manager (contact info at bottom of this page). You will not be able to start your application in CAPPMIS until the program manager has received and responded to the email. STRL employees must meet all other PPTE eligibility requirements.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION
The following documents and information must be accurate and submitted in AAPDS.
- Verification of Applicant/Supervisor Data
Validate your email address and your supervisor’s information; check the boxes if your email address and supervisor’s information is correct.
- Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB)
Ensure that your ACRB is updated and correct prior to submitting your application. Confirm that your ACRB is accurate by checking the provided box. Applicants may update and correct specific fields of their ACRB using the edit functions within CAPPMIS. For areas in the ACRB that cannot be changed by the applicant, please request assistance from the USAASC Help Desk by clicking “Help Request” within CAMP/CAPPMIS and submitting an online request.
Upload your resume into the application in PDF format. Please use 12 point Times New Roman with a 1-inch margin and a maximum of 3 pages. Be sure to address positions that highlight your leadership capabilities. Applicants should emphasize accomplishments, qualities, and strengths rather than list responsibilities. Ensure experience descriptions and dates match those in the ACRB. Strongly suggest you use the resume template at https://asc.army.mil/web/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Resume-Template.pdf.
- Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE)
Ensure that your most recent SRPE is in the system. Your most recent SRPE should have an end date NO EARLIER THAN 30 September 2020. All available SRPEs will be submitted to the board for review. Failure to have a current completed/finalized SRPE in CAPPMIS at the time of the announcement closing will result in the applicant being declared ineligible and the application will not be provided to the board for consideration. Potential applicants should engage with their supervisors to ensure that a SRPE is complete/finalized in time to apply for PPTE. For more information about the SRPE, log into CAMP (https://apps.asc.army.mil/camp/), click on CAPPMIS, and then click on the SRPE tab.
- Command Endorsement Memorandum
You must submit a memorandum signed by at least the first General Officer / Senior Executive Service level in your chain-of-command. In addition to endorsing the applicant, the memorandum must include a statement that the Command is aware that if you are selected to participate in PPTE, you will be in the program and unavailable for regular duties for a maximum of six months. The memorandum must also indicate that your Human Resources office has been consulted and is aware of no impediments to your serving a PPTE assignment. The memorandum must include your supervisor’s name and contact information, as well as name and contact information for a Human Resources office Point of Contact. Must be in PDF format and must not exceed one page. For a Command Endorsement Memorandum template, visit https://asc.army.mil/web/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/PPTE-Command-Endorsement-Template.pdf . A Command Endorsement Memorandum that does not contain the required information or exceeds one page will not be accepted.
- Continued Service Agreement (CSA) (click here to download the document)
Upon completion of this program, participants agree to serve their organization for two times the length of the period spent in PPTE. Complete the CSA provided here and submit it as part of your application.
The Army DACM Office will administer a Board to review and rate Army applications. Applications will then be forwarded to HCI for further review at the DOD level and potential matching with available opportunities.