DECEMBER 2021 – ARMY DACM HOT TOPICS

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ACQUISITION EDUCATION, TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

EXPAND YOUR HORIZON WITH THE DOD PUBLIC-PRIVATE TALENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Do you want to gain a better understanding of the business and operations of industry while making a positive impact on our nation? If so, consider participating in the DOD Public-Private Talent Exchange (PPTE) program. PPTE gives government employees the opportunity to work with an industry partner for up to six months. PPTE is open for applications until Dec. 28. For more information, visit https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/dod-ppte/.

 


 

SENIOR SERVICE COLLEGE FELLOWSHIP FOR 2022-2023

The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office will be accepting applications for the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) program until Jan. 4. The DAU-SSCF program is a 10-month educational senior leadership development opportunity sponsored by the DACM. The purpose of DAU-SSCF is to provide leadership and acquisition training to prepare senior-level civilians for leadership roles in program management and contracting, as well as other key acquisition leadership positions. The DAU-SSCF program is approved as Military Education Level-1 (MEL-1) Senior Service College equivalent. Please note: DAU-SSCF is the only civilian fellowship approved by the Army. It is open to high-potential GS-14s and GS-15s (and pay band equivalent) Army Acquisition Corps members who currently meet their DAWIA Level III position certification requirements and have completed the Army Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course prior to the announcement closing date. To learn more, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/.

 


 

PROPONENCY CORNER 

 

FY23 DEVELOPMENTAL OPPORTUNITY FOR 51C NONCOMMISSIONED SOLDIERS

Heads up! Eligible noncommissioned officers (NCOs), Staff Sgt. through Sgt. 1st Class will have an opportunity to apply and interview for a 36-month temporary duty assignment as a primary contract administrator at the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) in Sterling Heights, Michigan. This DCMA assignment is targeted to begin in the summer cycle of 2023. The 51C NCO will gain a multi-functional contract administration experience in contracting, property management and quality assurance on major weapon systems programs and force sustainment equipment contracts. The candidate will regularly engage with multiple contractors and stakeholders in a joint environment, including all military services and the Defense Logistics Agency.

Duties and responsibilities will encompass contract administration, contractor surveillance functions (including quality assurance, product and service delivery requirements, and program support) and property management. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate capability and competency to a warrant board in order to serve as a warranted administrative contracting officer. The candidate should be comfortable with making recommendations to commanders and other stakeholder leaders. A strong history of leading teams and customer-facing work are highly desired.

At the time of application, individuals must be certified in contracting, specifics outlined below. Eligible candidates must have a minimum of six years of acquisition experience (51C coded) and no more than 18 years of total active service at report date in the summer cycle of 2023.

Please send any questions regarding this opportunity to Sgt. 1st Class William A. Phipps at william.a.phipps.mil@army.mil.

Certification requirements under the current DAWIA framework: Level II certification in contracting.

As of Feb. 1, 2022, the new DAWIA certification requirements will be: DOD Contracting Professional and Foundational 4 Courses or grandfathered equivalency (no comprehensive exam required).

The DOD Back-to-Basics initiative will be fully implemented on Feb. 1, 2022. For more information about upcoming changes to DAWIA certification as a result of this initiative, please visit https://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-office/back-to-basics/.

 


 

UPDATE: OFFICER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER MANAGEMENT

The DACM Office has recently made changes to the Army Acquisition Corps Officer Professional Development and Career Management Smartbook DA PAM 600-3 as a result of the Army Contracting Command (ACC) Force Design Update (FDU) Junior. The structural changes of the FDUJunior. resulted in the identification of a new type of position: foundational positions. Foundational positions are unique to the contracting area of concentration (AOC), build a solid foundation of contracting knowledge, and only exist in ACC. An officer’s first assignment to ACC will be to a foundational position. AOC contracting key developmental positions now require contracting knowledge and experience, and the assignment duration has been reduced from 24 months to 12 months. Additional updates to the Army Acquisition Corps Smartbook DA PAM 600-3 will follow after the implementation of the Back-to-Basics talent management framework on Feb. 1, 2022. Please access the revised Army Acquisition Corps Smartbook DA PAM 600-3 on MILSuite to read more about the updates at https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-378892.

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CAREER MANAGEMENT

  

POWER UP YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH DAU OPEN WORKSHOPS

Jump into the action and register early for DAU’s popular Open Workshops! Power up your acquisition programs with skills, knowledge, tools, networking and resources, with these team-oriented, action-packed workshops. Registration is now open for workshops in January, however, seats are extremely limited. Sign up today! Workshops include:

  • Cloud Services
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Intellectual Property/Data Rights
  • DevSecOps
  • Cyber 

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.dau.edu/News/January-2022-Open-Workshops.

 


 

FY21 DAWIA CERTIFICATION STANDARDS EXTENSION

Army Acquisition Workforce members will be permitted to request certification under the fiscal year 2021 (FY21) DAWIA certification standards until Jan. 31 at midnight EST. Current DAWIA certification standards can be found at: https://icatalog.dau.edu/onlinecatalog/CareerLvl.aspx. 

 

FY22 DAWIA CERTIFICATION STANDARDS 

Fiscal year 2022 (FY22) certification standards will be implemented on Feb 1. DAU’s FY22 course schedule is now available and open for registration—check out the DAU online catalog at http://icatalog.dau.edu/. For recommended courses and resources specific to your job, visit the DAU Back-to-Basics webpage at: https://www.dau.edu/back-to-basics. The Army Internet Training Application System (AITAS) portal can be accessed at: atrrs.army.mil/aitas. To read more about the Back-to-Basics acquisition workforce initiative, visit our Back-to-Basics page at: https://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-office/back-to-basics/.

 

SENIOR RATER POTENTIAL EVALUATION

As a civilian member of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW), or the rater or senior rater of an AAW member, you must ensure that aSenior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) is completed. The SRPE was released on Oct.1, and 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 an employee’s potential for positions of greater responsibility or centrally selected professional development opportunities. Army DACM policy requires an annual SRPE. Access to all related tools, policies and guidance for the SRPE is at: https://asc.army.mil/web/senior-rater-potential-evaluation/. Senior Raters must complete the SRPE for fiscal year 2021 in CAPPMIS no later than Dec. 31. For guidance on completing the SRPE, including helpful hints and system guides, go to the dedicated SRPE website at: https://asc.army.mil/web/senior-rater-potential-evaluation. If you have any questions related to the SRPE process, please contact your organization’s acquisition point of contact or acquisition career management advocate.

   

“DACM Hot Topics” is an online newsletter from the Director, Acquisition Career Management Office highlighting acquisition news, career development opportunies, training and education information, policy updates and more. To read all DACM Hot Topics please visit https://asc.army.mil/web/category/dacm-topics/.
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