JULY 2021 ARMY DACM HOT TOPICS

By July 6, 2021July 12th, 2021DACM Office Hot Topics, General
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ACQUISITION EDUCATION, TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

FY 2023 PROJECT MANAGER (GS-15) CENTRALIZED SELECTION LIST 

The application window for the fiscal year 2023 Project Manager Central Selection List is open until July 15. This is a great opportunity to compete for best-qualified project manager positions within the Army’s acquisition enterprise. For additional details, visit our CSL web page.

FY 2023 PROJECT DIRECTOR (GS-15) CENTRALIZED SELECTION BOARD

The application window for the fiscal year 2023 Project Director Centralized Selection Board (CSB) is open until July 15. This is a great opportunity to compete for centrally-selected project director positions within one of the Army’s program executive offices (PEOs). This talent management program is designed to direct personnel assignments within the PEOs to facilitate the placement of high-performing civilian personnel into product director positions. The centralized management of civilian product directors is the core of the civilian talent management concept. All GS-15 and broadband equivalent level Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals who are Level III Program Management Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified Acquisition Corps members are eligible to apply to the fiscal year 2023 Project Director GS-15 CSB. The positions are located in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland and Fort Belvoir, Virginia, within various PEOs. For additional details, visit our CSB web page.

NOW OPEN—FY 2022 INSPIRING AND DEVELOPING EXCELLENCE IN ACQUISITION LEADERS PROGRAM

The fiscal year 2022 Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL) program is open for applications until July 29. IDEAL targets new and emerging supervisors who are seeking to refine and develop their leadership skills in preparation for a supervisory or leadership position. Applicants must be permanently tenured, civilian members of the AAW, GS-12 or GS-13 (or broadband equivalent), and meet DAWIA certification requirements. More details and application instructions can be found on our IDEAL web page.

CLOSING SOON—FY 2022 DEFENSE CIVILIAN EMERGING LEADER PROGRAM  

The fiscal year 2022 Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) Cohort 14 application window closes July 8. This fantastic future leader-building program develops high-potential personnel at the GS-07 through GS-12 or broadband equivalent levels. DCELP combines community-based learning, guest speakers, group projects, coaching and other activities. Cohort 14 is a special fiscal year 2022 DCELP cohort for members of the DOD Acquisition Workforce featuring excellent opportunities for participants to network with other emerging leaders from across all of DOD. Learn more about DCELP and the program criteria on our DCELP web page.

FY 2022 ARMY ACQUISITION TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The application window for the Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) is open until Aug. 6. ATAP provides tuition assistance to eligible AAW civilians and military occupational specialty 51 Contracting (51C) noncommissioned officers (NCOs). This opportunity is perfect for taking acquisition- or business-related courses in a declared major toward either a bachelor’s or master’s degree at an accredited college or university of your choice during off-duty time. It is highly recommended that you print out a copy of the ATAP announcement (refer to the PDF titled “ATAP Announcement”) found on the ATAP web page, read it thoroughly, and have it available as you prepare your application.

FY 2022 TRAINING WITH INDUSTRY

The application window for the fiscal year 2022 Training with Industry (TWI) program is open until Aug. 6.

TWI is a unique and highly selective program designed to provide selected acquisition officers the opportunity to gain career-broadening experience while working in an industry environment. The Army Acquisition Corps takes great care in selecting companies that are not only highly respected leaders within industry, but who will also offer officers the greatest exposure to cutting-edge technologies, innovative managerial and production techniques, technology development processes, organizational structures, corporate culture and best business practices.

The Acquisition Corps is looking to increase the focus of the program by aligning the fiscal year 2022 TWI opportunities with the projected fiscal year 2023 Lt. Col. CSL positions and other specific follow-on assignments. As a result, the TWI program will align officers’ skills and experiences with the most relevant post-utilization tours.

The Acquisition Corps will only accept TWI applications during an officer’s movement cycle window. The fiscal year 2022 TWI program will start in the summer of 2022 and end in the summer of 2023. For more information, visit our TWI web page.


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CERTIFICATION EXTENSION

The Director of Acquisition Career Management recently signed an Interim Blanket Extension Waiver of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Certification Grace Period memorandum. The waiver extends the DAWIA certification grace period an additional 12 months, retroactive to April 1, 2021. Read the memo on our policies webpage.

YEAR GROUP 2018 CDG-AAF GRADUATES

The Army DACM Office is pleased to announce the graduation of the Year Group 2018 Competitive Development Group – Army Acquisition Fellows (CDG-AAF), as follows:

  • Sharon Halbert, program manager, PEO Combat Support and Combat Service Support.
  • Samuel Newland, Soldier portfolio director, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)).
  • Nautilus Nobles, operations officer, PEO Aviation.
  • Doreen Simmons, logistics management specialist, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command.
  • Carlton White, systems coordinator, ASA(ALT).

This is the final cohort class for the CDG-AAF. Based on feedback, as well as input from the field, the CDG-AAF program, established in 1997, has transitioned to the Leadership Excellence and Acquisition Development (LEAD) program. For more information, visit the LEAD web page.

WHAT’S NEW ON THE WEB

What's New on the Web

 

ARMY ACQUISITION WORKFORCE ON MILSUITE

Join the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) community on MilSuite! The DACM Office has established this page to provide news and information for and about the AAW. In the coming months, the DACM Office will share additional information regarding training and education programs and information for supervisors. Be sure to bookmark our page: AAW on MilSuite.

 


 

DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVIERSITY NEWS

 

DAU WEBINAR SERIES

Upcoming sessions:

DAU VIRTUAL INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING CONNECTIVITY TEST

Students who have a reservation for a Virtual Instructor-Led Training DAU course will receive a welcome email from the instructor(s), approximately 30 days prior to the class start date. Students MUST respond to that email and participate in a Microsoft Teams connectivity check in a timely manner. This connectivity check is critical to ensuring there are no technical issues on the first day of class. Students who do not respond promptly will be removed from the class and will have to reapply for a future offering.


 

FAREWELL, MR. CRAIG SPISAK

U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Director and Director of Acquisition Career Management, Mr. Craig Spisak, will retire on July 31 after 35 years of service.

I’ve been able to make a difference for individual professionals and that will always be the great highlight of my career,” Mr. Spisak said, and he sure has made a difference!

Read Mr. Spisak’s final column.