AUGUST 2021 – ARMY DACM HOT TOPICS

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PAID ACQUISITION INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS!

The Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment’s Human Capital Initiatives Office will accept applications starting Sept. 14 for the DOD College Acquisition Internship Program (DCAIP). DCAIP is a paid, 10-week internship that exposes students to DOD acquisition culture and provides them with real-world experience in various acquisition functional areas. The program targets full-time second- and third-year students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university. Selected students will work full time (40 hours per week) over 10 weeks, between May and August 2022. There may also be opportunities to work over winter break and to return during the summer of 2023, as determined by DOD component need, continued eligibility and student availability.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as the window for applications closes Oct. 12 or sooner, if the maximum number of applications for a particular location is reached. For additional information about program locations, salary, eligibility requirements and more, go to: https://www.hci.mil/dodcareers/internship.html.​

 


 

CLOSING SOON – FISCAL YEAR 2022 TRAINING WITH INDUSTRY (TWI) PROGRAM

The application window for the fiscal year 2022 TWI program is open until Aug. 6. The TWI Program is a unique and highly selective program designed to provide 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 highly respected leaders within industry, to give officers the greatest exposure to cutting-edge technologies, innovative managerial and production techniques, technology development processes, organizational structures, corporate culture and business best 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 LTC Centralized Selection List (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 on the TWI Program, go to: https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/aac-training-with-industry/.

 


 

CLOSING SOON – ACQUISITION TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ATAP)

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. 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.

 


 

YOUR OPINION SHAPES THE FUTURE – ARMY LEADER ASSESSMENT TOOL SURVEY

Starting in early August, you may receive one or more requests to complete an Army Leader Assessment Tool (ALAT) survey. Your response is very important, completely anonymous, and will not be shared with the assessed individual. ALAT feedback will be used by the Acquisition Leaders Assessment Program fiscal year 2023 selection panel as part of the Army Talent Management Task Force’s Commanders Assessment Program, held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to supplement the Army CSL process and identify who should be offered the privilege of leading our fellow Soldiers and civilians. Please complete any survey requests at your earliest convenience.

 


 

DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY (DAU) NEWS

 

FISCAL YEAR 2022 DAU SCHEDULE

The first and second quarters of the fiscal year 2022 DAU training schedule have been delayed and will now be released on Aug. 26. This decision was made based on discussions with the Directors of Acquisition Career Management (DACMs) from all services. Delaying the schedule release allows more time to develop Back to Basics implementation policies and processes. The DAU team within the Army DACM Office will continue to update the workforce as information is received.

 


 

SENIOR RATER POTENTIAL EVALUATION (SRPE)

As an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) member, rater, or senior rater of an AAW member, you must ensure a Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) is completed. In order to prepare for the upcoming SRPE release on Oct. 1, the Army DACM Office reminds AAW professionals that the SRPE is a talent management tool used to evaluate the potential of every civilian acquisition professional (at the GS-12 through GS-15 or broadband equivalent level). The intent is to evaluate their potential for positions of greater responsibility and centrally selected professional development opportunities. Army DACM policy requires a SRPE annually. Access to all related tools, policies and guidance for the SRPE is at the following link: https://asc.army.mil/web/senior-rater-potential-evaluation/. The DACM Office will provide specific instructions regarding your role in the SPRE process via a separate email on or about Oct. 1, which is when the annual window for SRPE completion opens. Senior raters must complete the SRPE for fiscal year 2021 in CAPPMIS no later than Dec. 31. For guidance on the completion of the SRPE, including helpful hints and system guides, visit the dedicated SRPE Website. If you have any questions related to the SRPE process, please contact your organization’s Acquisition Point of Contact or Acquisition Career Management Advocate.

 


 

POLICY

 

UPDATED CONTINUOUS LEARNING POINT (CLP) GLIDE PATH

The DACM Office recently released an updated CLP glide path. This glide path reflects a change to the quarterly minimum CLP thresholds, now in 10-point increments for each quarter. The CLP glide path identifies a recommended minimum CLP threshold to be attained by the end of each fiscal quarter within the two-year continuous learning cycle; the current cycle ends on Sept. 30, 2022. For more information, visit: https://asc.army.mil/web/clp-glidepath/.

 


 

THE 2021 ARMY ACQUISITION EXECUTIVE’S (AAE) EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN!

Do you know someone who should be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the workforce? It’s time to recognize greatness! Each nominee must be endorsed by the head their organization, and each organization can submit one nomination per category. To learn more about the AAE Awards, review eligibility criteria, and submit nominations, visit: https://asc.army.mil/web/acquisition-awards/. Act fast: The submission deadline is Aug. 9!​

   

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