APRIL 2021 ARMY DACM HOT TOPICS

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ACQUISITION EDUCATION, TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

OPENING SOON – FY23 CENTRALIZED SELECTION LIST LTC/14 and COL/15 

The Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is pleased to announce the fiscal year 2023 centralized selection list (CSL) open announcement for GS-13 through GS-15 (or pay band equivalent) as follows:

  • LTC/GS-14 Product Manager: Application window opens on April 28 and closes June 10.
  • COL/GS-15 Project Manager: Application window opens on June 3 and closes on July 15.

The CSL is the chief of staff’s process, and board members select acquisition officers and civilians to lead Acquisition Category (ACAT) I, II and III weapon systems programs and run major contract as well as test and evaluation efforts. Slating of CSL principals into CSL positions is an Army acquisition executive responsibility. ACAT II and III acquisition key billet positions are critical acquisition positions and typically have a tenure of three years. ACAT I key billet positions are key leadership positions and have a four-year tenure or that closest to a major program milestone decision (based on Title 10, Chapter 87 of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA)). Selected applicants may be invited to attend the U.S. Army’s Command Assessment Program at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in September 2021. Additional details on the positions, eligibility and application instructions will be posted on our CSL landing page at https://asc.army.mil/web/centralized-selection-list/. 

 


 

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – THE NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING NON-RESIDENT MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM WITH A SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS FOCUS (COHORT 311-221G) EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

The DACM Office is pleased to announce the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Systems Engineering Non-Resident Master’s Degree Program (MSSE) with a System of Systems Focus (Cohort 311-221G) education opportunity. The DACM Office sponsors NPS-MSSE and will fund the cost of tuition and books. No travel is involved.

WHAT IS IT? The NPS-MSSE is a two-year program designed for civilians in DOD organizations faced with a wide range of systems engineering and integration challenges. NPS educates and trains engineers with tools and technologies relevant to their work. As a result, employees have greater knowledge and expertise to better meet the needs of their customers. Specific program educational objectives are provided in the program announcement. Classes for Cohort 311-221G will commence the week of Sept. 28 and end the last week of September 2023.

WHO MAY APPLY? Those eligible to apply are permanent GS-11 through GS-15 (or broadband/pay band equivalent) Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) civilians; this includes AAW employees from DOD laboratories designated as science and technology reinvention laboratories who meet both the NPS admissions and the DACM Office requirements in the announcement.

WHEN: Applications for consideration of funding are being accepted from April 1 through May 31. NPS applications for conditional letters of acceptance are being accepted from April 1 through May 31.

HOW DO I APPLY? Instructions on how to apply and submit an application to the NPS-MSSE education opportunity are contained in the NPS-MSSE (Cohort 311-221G) Announcement. Please click NPS-MSSE (311-221G) Announcement to obtain instructions on submitting an application for consideration of funding.

INQUIRIES:

Inquiries must be submitted through the Workforce Management Inquiry System via a CAMP help request.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: 

 


 

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – THE NPS MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SYSTEMS AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT DEGREE PROGRAM

The DACM office is pleased to announce the NPS Master of Science in Systems and Program Management (NPS-MSSPM) degree program (Cohort 722-221G) education opportunity. The DACM office sponsors NPS-MSSPM and will fund the cost of tuition and books. No travel is involved.

WHAT IS IT? The NPS-MSSPM is a two-year program designed for DOD and other federal agency civilians to obtain an acquisition defense-focused advanced degree in a distance learning format. The NPS-MSSPM is 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 nontechnical backgrounds so they are able to successfully manage and lead programs or projects in support of the defense acquisition system. Students in this program learn the systems engineering process from establishing system requirements through test and evaluation. Simultaneously, students learn how to manage, schedule and budget programs as well as work with DOD suppliers through contracts to meet program obligations.

Classes for Cohort 722-221G will commence the week of Sept. 28 and end the last week of September 2023.

WHO MAY APPLY? Those eligible to apply are permanent GS-11 through GS-15 (or broadband/pay band equivalent) AAW civilians; this includes AAW employees from DOD laboratories designated as science and technology reinvention laboratories who meet both the NPS admissions and the DACM Office requirements in the announcement.

WHEN: Applications for consideration of funding are being accepted from April 1 through May 31. NPS applications for conditional letters of acceptance are being accepted from April 1 through May 31.

HOW DO I APPLY? Instructions on how to submit an application to the NPS-MSSPM (722-221G) education opportunity are contained in the announcement. Please click the NPS-MSSPM (722-221G) Announcement to view instructions on how to submit an NPS-MSSPM application for consideration of funding.

INQUIRIES: Inquiries must be submitted through the Workforce Management Inquiry System via a CAMP help request.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

 


 

OPEN NOW – THE SENIOR ENTERPRISE TALENT MANAGEMENT AND ENTERPRISE TALENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS

Now through May 15, the Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) and Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) programs are open for applications. 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. A variety of exceptional professional development, senior-leader educational and experiential learning opportunities are available for eligible candidates at GS-12 through GS-15 (and equivalent pay bands). More details can be found on https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/setm-etm/.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

DAU NEWS

 

NEW SERIES OF VIRTUAL DAU OPEN WORKSHOPS IN APRIL

Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU) new, virtual open workshops are a series of team improvement training opportunities that provide mission-relevant knowledge and opportunities for cross-functional participation and networking. These dynamic opportunities offer individuals from different programs and organizations a chance to come together as a team and undergo a DAU workshop while networking with like-minded peers. To top it off, you’ll gain actionable skills that you can apply directly to your program. Seating for these workshops is extremely limited; early registration is recommended. Registration with your CAC is required.

  • WSB 002 Budget Execution – Reviews the monetary concepts of commitment, obligation, expenditure and outlay.
  • WSA 001 DEVSECOPS for the DOD: Fundamentals – Provides of overview of development, security and operations in DOD.
  • WSA 001 DEVSECOPS for the DOD: Security Focus – Understand and implement automated processes to securely develop and deploy software.
  • WSC 005 Source Selection – An overview of the source selection process that provides participants with actionable skills.
  • WSL 002 Provisioning Management – Development and understanding of sequencing events in system provisioning.
  • WSA 004 Cloud Services Workshop – An in-depth exploration of cloud services and information to manage and migrate organizations to cloud environments.
  • WSM 022 Intellectual Property/Data Rights (IPDR) Workshop For FAR-Based Contracts – Understand and manage IPDR in government contracts.
  • WSS 010 Cyber Training Range – A hands-on lab exploring cyber intrusion of DOD networks. No cybersecurity experience required.

For more information and to register for the workshops, go to https://www.dau.edu/News/Open-Workshops-Provide-Team-Improvement-Training-for-Individuals. 

 


 

POLICY

 

MANDATORY ANNUAL ETHICS TRAINING FOR THE ARMY ACQUISITION WORKFORCE 

On Feb. 8, the Army DACM signed a memorandum titled “Mandatory Annual Ethics Training for the Army Acquisition Workforce.” This memo supports the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics direction that all acquisition workforce members within the Department of Defense must complete ethics training annually.

Leaders and supervisors, with the support of training coordinators within the commands/organizations, are responsible for ensuring all Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals in their area of responsibility complete annual ethics training. Contact your servicing Ethics Counselor to obtain information about additional online ethics training options that will meet this annual requirement or contact your local supporting Training Coordinator. Refer to the following website for a list of Ethics Counselors at various military installations and commands: https://www.jagcnet.army.mil/EthicsTraining.

Please note that the 2020 Ethics Training video on the JAGNET website at https://www.jagcnet2.army.mil/apps/Training/viewer.nsf/ethics2020?openform still counts toward the annual ethics training requirement for 2021. The Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) Office of General Counsel (OGC) has confirmed that AAW members can count viewing of this 2020 video toward meeting the 2021 ethics training requirement. HQDA OGC acknowledges that the JAGNET website has not been updated with a new 2021 ethics training video or a change to the video title to reflect the current calendar year.

To read the DACM ethics training memo, visit https://asc.army.mil/web/ethics-training-policy/. 

 


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