What is Happening? In coordination with the Civilian Human Resources Agency (CHRA), the Army Director Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is embarking on a revolutionary change regarding the recruitment, hiring and sustainment of civilian Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals. In the Fall of 2019, CHRA and the Army DACM Office stood up the AAW Recruitment and Sustainment (R&S) Center of Excellence (COE) headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with representation at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, and several satellite locations across the globe.
Why is This Happening? This strategic initiative began in 2016 when the defense acquisition community and the civilian human resources community met in a joint forum to discuss recruitment and hiring challenges. In discussions regarding direct/expedited hiring authorities (DHA/EHA) enabled by Congress specifically for the defense acquisition workforce, the Army was especially challenged in its execution. As a result, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA (M&RA)) in coordination with the Civilian Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) determined a pilot in a centralized location, focused on centrally hiring AAW professionals using DHAs/EHAs was necessary. The pilot was a resounding success reducing time to hire from 131 days to 84, well on the way of meeting the 60-day goal of the Secretary of the Army.
What Does This Mean for You? For individual AAW civilian professionals, the change should be transparent. For the supervisors of AAW professionals, you should see a major change in the speed of delivery in recruitment and hiring timelines. For the senior leaders of the acquisition community, this centralized civilian AAW recruitment initiative should ensure you have quality acquisition professionals focused on the mission and enabling Army Readiness much sooner than in the past.
As details become finalized, additional information will be disseminated across civilian personnel organizations and the Army Acquisition Workforce.
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