APRIL 2020 – ARMY DACM HOT TOPICS

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ARMY DACM OFFICE UPDATES

 

INFORMATION RELATED TO DAU AND CORONAVIRUS

 

12-MONTH EXTENSION OF GRACE PERIOD FOR MEETING ACQUISITION POSITION CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS 

Coronavirus continues to spread and is a major health concern for individuals throughout the Department of Defense. In response to this concern, travel to acquisition certification training is currently restricted. Due to coronavirus, many acquisition workforce (AWF) members may experience difficulty in meeting training requirements by their certification due date. Therefore Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification requirements are extended by 12 months to those who are currently in their 24 month grace period, effective immediately. All new AWF professionals hired within the next 12 months will have 36 months to complete certification requirements. Please review the signed policy here: https://asc.army.mil/web/usdas-and-dacm-memorandum-12-month-cert-extension-and-faq/

For all DAWIA certification requests, please contact the DACM Helpdesk or copy a nd paste:

https://apps.asc.army.mil/camp/index.cfm?fuseaction=support.helpRequest

 

DAU COURSE CHANGES

With respect to impacts from the coronavirus, Defense Acquisition University (DAU) released information regarding changes, cancellations and other guidance related to DAU training classes. For specific information about your DAU course, log into AITAS (https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas/) and check “Announcements,” which are posted to the right of the screen. For general DAU information regarding coronavirus impacts, go to https://www.dau.edu/News/Coronavirus-Course-Impacts. Please continue to monitor the email account that is on file with DAU.

 


 

SYSTEM MAINTENANCE ON CAMP/CAPPMIS

From 6 a.m. on April 15 to 7 a.m. on April 20, the Career Acquisition Management Portal/Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAMP/CAPPMIS) will be unavailable to all users because of required system maintenance. Please complete all time-sensitive CAMP/CAPPMIS activities, including reports, Acquisition Career Record Brief edits, Individual Development Plan updates, certification application actions and Army Acquisition Professional Development System enrollment, before the system blackout period. We also encourage you to run any reports you need before April 15. If you have an urgent need for a data report during the outage, contact the CAMP/CAPPMIS help desk by clicking on the “Help Request” link in the upper right-hand corner at https://apps.asc.army.mil/camp/. We appreciate your patience during this required maintenance period.

 


 

RECLASSIFICATION RESULTS – WELCOME NEW 51C NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS!

Congratulations to the 43 active and reserve Soldiers who were competitively selected to join the 51C military occupational specialty: Noncommissioned Officer (NCO). As 51C NCOs, these Soldiers adopt and develop a wide array of valuable skills and professional acquisition competencies, all while supporting the Army’s acquisition mission. Interested applicants can apply to the next 51C NCO selection opportunity now through June 15, 2020. To find out more, and to see a list of the selectees, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/51c-reclass-results-announced/. To apply, and for more details about 51C reclassification programs, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/military-nco/field51/.

 


 

 UPDATE ON THE AAW RECRUITMENT AND SUSTAINMENT CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 

With headquarters in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and a presence at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the Army Acquisition Workforce Recruitment and Sustainment Center of Excellence (AAW R&S CoE) continues to unfold. The goal of the AAW R&S CoE is to implement revolutionary change in recruiting, hiring and sustaining civilian AAW professionals. The transition of human resources activities to the AAW R&S CoE in 2020 occurs in three phases. Phase 1 occurred from February to March for 33 commands. Phase 2 occurs from April to May for two commands. Finally, Phase 3 will occur from June to July for 11 commands. For information on when your organization is scheduled to transition, go to the Commanders Packet Briefing under Resources at https://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-office/aawrs/.

 


 

ACQUISITION TRAINING, EDUCATION AND LEADER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

CIVILIAN STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM (SLRP) 

The hugely popular SLRP is back! The Army DACM Office SLRP application window is open now through May 15, 2020. SLRP is a retention incentive for civilian AAW members with critical acquisition skills serving in a permanent or term appointment with at least three years remaining on the term appointment. The program is designed to repay federally insured student loans of the civilian AAW members and their children (if the AAW member is a co-signer on the federal insured student loan), in exchange for a commitment to remain within the Department of the Army acquisition position for three years upon selection. For additional program details and how to apply, go to the SLRP page at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/student-loan-repayment-program/.

 


 

DEVELOPMENTAL CAREER OPPORTUNITY 

Are you seeking a developmental and career broadening opportunity to work at Department of Army headquarters? The Army Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) may be the right fit for you! The Army OSBP seeks one acquisition professional at GS-13 through GS-15 for a 179-day assignment in the Pentagon. The assignment includes an opportunity to collaborate with peers in HQDA and in Army commands, to work on special projects for the socioeconomic programs described in the Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 19, and to serve as special assistant to the director of Army OSBP.

Applications are being accepted through May 1. The negotiable start date of this assignment is September 2020. Army OSBP is funding TDY costs, and labor costs are funded by the employee’s home organization. To apply, submit a resume, one-page statement of interest, and command endorsement to Gayna C. Malcolm-Packnett at gayna.c.malcolm-packnett.civ@mail.mil. Applications must be received by 1600 EST on May 1. Questions about this opportunity can be directed to Malcolm-Packnett at the email above or by calling 571-234-7457 or 703-614-9941.

 


 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: DEFENSE CIVILIAN EMERGING LEADER PROGRAM (DCELP) 

The application deadline date for the 2021 DCELP cohort has been extended to April 28, 2020. Sponsored by DOD, DCELP helps acquisition personnel at GS-07 through GS-12 (or equivalent payband) develop a full range of competencies for leading themselves, teams and projects. The program focuses on leadership assessment, team development, effective writing, and conflict resolution. Find out more about this exciting program at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/dcelp/.

 


 

ACQUISITION TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: 3rd QUARTER FISCAL YEAR OPPORTUNITY

Applications are being accepted through May 22 for the Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP). ATAP provides tuition assistance at a university of your choice to eligible AAW civilians and 51C NCOs. ATAP is not only a chance to receive funding toward an academic degree; it also funds courses needed to fulfill the requirements of membership in the elite Army Acquisition Corps. This is the third of four quarterly opportunities within the fiscal year to submit an application for consideration of funding. For more information about the eligibility requirements and other conditions, refer to the ATAP page at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-tuition-assistance-program/.

 


 

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL (NPS) SYSTEMS AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (MSSPM) NON-RESIDENT MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM

The NPS-MSSPM Non-Resident Master’s Degree Program application window is open until April 21. The NPS-MSSPM gives participants the opportunity to obtain a Master’s of Science Degree in Systems and Program Management and a certificate in Systems Engineering in under two years. This tailored program provides an excellent blend of business classes focused on program management with an emphasis on systems engineering management. Students are immersed in an interdisciplinary program combining systems engineering with program management knowledge and skills. The program is intended to broaden the technical capabilities of the acquisition workforce who may have non-technical backgrounds so they are able to successfully manage and lead programs and projects in support of the Defense Acquisition System. NPS-MSSPM is designed for civilian acquisition professionals in GS-11 through GS-15 (or payband equivalent) positions. Read more at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/naval-postgraduate-school-master-of-science-in-program-management/.

 


 

SENIOR ENTERPRISE TALENT MANAGEMENT (SETM) AND ENTERPRISE TALENT MANAGEMENT (ETM)

The SETM and ETM programs are open through May 20. These Army talent management programs are designed to produce senior civilian leaders with an enterprise perspective and the potential to serve in positions of increasing levels of responsibility. These dynamic programs are developed under the Civilian Workforce Transformation initiative and are administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. A variety of leadership opportunities are available for eligible candidates at GS-12 through GS-15. Read more at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/senior-service-college-program/.

 


 

EXECUTIVE COACHING AVAILABLE TO SENIOR ACQUISITION LEADERS

Now through April 15, the DACM Office is pleased to offer an opportunity to uniformed military and civilian senior acquisition leaders to receive professional coaching through the AAW Executive Coaching Program (ECP). Eligible candidates are those individuals currently serving:

  • In key leadership acquisition positions.
  • As product managers via the Centralized Selection Board.
  • As project directors or product directors via the Centralized Selection Board.

Part of our AAW Human Capital Strategic Plan, ECP is designed to assist high-functioning acquisition leaders with fully realizing and unleashing their potential in an environment of rapid career progression. The DACM Office has partnered with professionally trained and certified leadership coaches to deliver this opportunity.

Participants receive 12 hours of leadership engagements, either in person or through a phone or video conference. There is no travel involved for the individual being coached.

The current coaching cycle ends in September. If you are interested in participating, contact Joyce Junior, DACM Office AAW ECP manager, at joyce.b.junior.civ@mail.mil or 703-664-5684.

 


 

POLICY

 

ADMINISTRATIVE NAME CHANGE TO CAREER PROGRAM (CP)-14

Effective Jan. 16, 2020, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs changed CP-14 from “Contracting and Acquisition” to “Contracting and Procurement.” Affected acquisition career fields (ACFs) include contracting; purchasing; and industrial contract property management. Formerly, the name “Contracting and Acquisition” gave an inaccurate perception that CP-14 covers all 14 ACFs. This misperception caused confusion within the Army about the exact size of the acquisition workforce. CP-14’s new name, “Contracting and Procurement,” more accurately describes the primary functions within CP-14. The term “acquisition,” once separated from CP-14, will more appropriately be used to broadly refer to the entire AAW, including all 14 ACFs. For more information, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/cp14-administrative-name-change/. If you have any questions, please email the Army DACM policy team at usarmy.belvoir.usaasc.mbx.dacm-policies@mail.mil.

 


 

ADAPTIVE ACQUISITION FRAMEWORK (AAF) – Delving into the DOD 5000 Series

Transformation

The AAF is the most innovative, transformational improvement to acquisition policy in decades. The new DOD 5000 Series simplifies the policy, tailors acquisition approaches, empowers program managers, emphasizes sustainment and more, all at the speed of relevance. These changes provide a flexible framework with six tailorable acquisition pathways made for exceptional delivery of warfighting capabilities:

  • Urgent capability.
  • Middle tier of acquisition.
  • Major capability.
  • Software acquisition.
  • Defense business systems.
  • Acquisition of services.

Sounds like a lot of information, right? To learn more about the transformation, go to the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Acquisition Enablers page at https://www.acq.osd.mil/ae/#/home.

 


 

HIGHLIGHTING THE ACQUISITION WORKFORCE

If you or someone you know is doing great things in the acquisition workforce, let us help you spread the word! There are two different options for highlighting our outstanding acquisition professionals. Spotlight on Success profiles in the monthly DACM Newsletter showcase how recent graduates of Army DACM Office leadership development programs are using their training to launch themselves to success. Faces of the Force profiles posted in Army AL&T News highlight the noteworthy accomplishments of acquisition professionals and the important work being done by the AAW. To nominate a candidate, complete the form at https://asc.army.mil/web/publications/army-alt-submissions/.

 


 

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