ARMY DACM OFFICE UPDATES
2019 SECRETARY OF THE ARMY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN CONTRACTING – WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to Joseph M. Carroll, U.S. Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, who was named Contracting Professional of the Year, and Master Sgt. Jeremiah J. Scheil, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Savannah, who received the award for Contracting NCO of the Year. The program’s newest award, Innovation in Contracting Strategies, went to the Facility Support Operations Services Team at the Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Bliss, Texas. See a list of all the award winners here. An awards ceremony hosted by Dr. Bruce D. Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, will be held Dec. 11 in Arlington, Virginia.
ARMY ACQUISITION WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT AND SUSTAINMENT CENTER OF EXCELLENCE – FIRST TRANSITION OF ACQUISITION PERSONNEL
The new Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Recruitment and Sustainment Center of Excellence launched Nov. 15 with the transition of some acquisition-based activities from the Hiring Cell Pilot to this new organization, which is a partnership between the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office and Civilian Human Resources Agency (CHRA). The goal of the center of excellence is to use best practices in recruitment and sustainment to better and more efficiently serve the needs of the acquisition workforce.
Three transitioning phases will take place over the coming year to allow for the CHRA organization to align to the new structure. CHRA will provide relevant information through various media sources to each Civilian Personnel Advisory Center and activity affected by the transition to ensure that there’s no disruption of service. For more information about the center of excellence, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-office/aawrs/.
DEC. 31 IS THE DEADLINE FOR FY19 SENIOR RATER POTENTIAL EVALUATIONS (SRPEs)
Be sure to mark your calendars with that important date. Army DACM policy requires annual completion of a SRPE. The Army DACM Office released the SRPE on Oct. 1 to all raters of Army acquisition workforce personnel via CAPPMIS at https://apps.asc.army.mil/camp/.
For guidance on the completion of the SRPE, including helpful hints and system guides, go to the dedicated SRPE website at https://asc.army.mil/web/senior-rater-potential-evaluation/. Information can also be found at the SRPE site in CAPPMIS: under the SRPE tab, click on the “SRPE Info” link.
If you have questions related to the SRPE process, please contact your supervisor or your Organization’s Acquisition Point of Contact (OAP). See a listing of OAPs at https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-640236.
ACQUISITION TRAINING, EDUCATION AND LEADER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
ATTENTION 51C NCOs!
If you are a 51C noncommissioned officer (NCO) interested in tuition assistance or other developmental assignments through the Advanced Civil Schooling program and would like to read a few pointers from a fellow 51C NCO on how to apply for this valuable program, take a few minutes to read the article by Staff Sgt. Kailey Anne Good-Hallahan. You can find it on the Army AL&T News blog at https://asc.army.mil/web/news-key-to-success-advanced-civil-schooling/.
ACQUISITION TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Attention NCOs, 51Cs and Army acquisition workforce civilians: Jan. 1, 2020 is opening day for applications to the Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP). The second fiscal quarter application period will be open until Feb. 20, 2020.
Get your applications in soon to be considered for this opportunity to receive tuition assistance. And remember, 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. For more information about the eligibility requirements and other conditions, go to the ATAP page at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-tuition-assistance-program/.
ANNUAL MANDATORY ETHICS TRAINING REMINDER
As mandated by the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Army acquisition workforce professionals are required to complete ethics training every calendar year.
Options to meet the requirement include the following:
- Attend any installation or organizational judge advocate general-sponsored ethics training (ETH 004).
- Complete Overview of Acquisition Ethics (CLM 003) – Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Continuous Learning Module.
- Complete Ethics at Work (HBS 415) – DAU Continuous Learning Module.
- Watch the 16-minute DAU online Ethics Video (ETH 004).
To apply for DAU training courses, go to https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas/logon.asp, log in with your common access card, and click on the “Apply for Training” link in the upper left corner of the page. Go to icatalog.dau.edu to browse DAU’s online catalog.
CONTINUOUS LEARNING POINTS REMINDER
To ensure that acquisition professionals develop and stay current in leadership and functional acquisition skills, each acquisition workforce professional is required to earn 40 continuous learning points (CLPs) every year over the course of a two-year CLP cycle. The current 2-year cycle ends Sept. 30, 2020. Breaking up your training schedule into small, manageable timeframes is a good way to earn the 80 CLPs over each two-year period. Also referred to as a “glide path,” this manageable timeframe for completing the 80 CLP requirement is as follows:
- A minimum of 5 CLPs in the first fiscal quarter.
- A minimum of 10 CLPs in the second fiscal quarter.
- A minimum of 20 CLPs in the third fiscal quarter.
- A minimum of 40 CLPs in the fourth fiscal quarter.
For a complete list of DAU’s course offerings and course descriptions, go to https://icatalog.dau.edu/ to browse DAU’s online catalog. The AAW’s policy on CLPs can be found at https://asc.army.mil/web/army-dacm-office-continuous-learning-point-clp-policy-final-07jan19/.
SOCOM GHOST PROGRAM
The application window is continuously open for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ghost Program. This is a unique, broadening opportunity for junior Army acquisition professionals to directly support the mission of delivering Special Operations Forces capabilities to downrange warfighters. SOCOM is primarily looking for high-performing FA-51 acquisition captains and majors (O-3 or O-4) with two to four years of acquisition experience. To apply, or if you have any questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS
If you know of folks in the AAW doing great things, Faces of the Force is a great tool for highlighting them. To nominate someone, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/publications/army-alt-submissions/, fill out and return the form you can find there, and our communications team will do the rest! Our goal is to spotlight the important and interesting work you and your teammates are doing in support of the warfighter. Fill out a Faces of the Force nomination form and we’ll help get the word out.
LIVE Q&A SESSION
WHO: Army AL&T author Lt. Col. Marc Meeker, director of the International Technology Center – Northern Europe
WHERE: USAASC’S LinkedIn page
WHEN: Dec. 5, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. EST
What’s this about? His recent article, International Innovation, discusses the Army’s International Technology Centers that are tasked with facilitating collaborative research and development around the globe.
Topics LTC Meeker will focus on include:
Industry Support: How to get your research/tech into the hands of US Army scientists.
International Opportunities: Finding the best technology worldwide.
Talent Management: How to get a short/mid/long term international government S&T job.
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