CAREER MANAGEMENT – TWO IMPORTANT REMINDERS
FY21 DAWIA CERTIFICATION STANDARDS EXTENSION
Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) members will be permitted to request certification under the fiscal year 2021 (FY21) Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification standards until midnight EST Jan. 31. 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. Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU) 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 https://www.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/.
ACQUISITION EDUCATION, TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
ACQUISITION LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE PROGRAM (ALCP)
The Leadership Foundry offers a deeply impactful leadership development seminar series called the Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP) at four different levels of an organization. All seminars are a teambuilding and practical guide to assist overall leadership and diversity development in organizations. ALCP harnesses self-awareness as the tool for enhancing leadership, innovation and diversity development by demonstrating how individual preferences and behaviors affect the ways we interact with coworkers and are viewed by others. Program offerings help participants understand how accepting individual differences can produce a stronger group and a capable, collaborative and creative leadership corps. The 3rd quarter application window opens on Feb. 1 and closes on Feb. 28. Eligible applicants are civilian and military Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals (including Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories (STRLs) term employees).
The DACM Office offers four different levels of ALCP seminars as follows:
- Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program B (Beginnings)
Target grades: civilian AAW members GS-7/11 or broadband equivalent.
- Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program I
Target grades: civilian AAW members GS-12/13 or broadband equivalent; military AAW captains and majors; staff sergeants and sergeants first class.
- Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program II
Target grades: civilian AAW members GS-14/15 or broadband equivalent; military AAW lieutenant colonels and colonels; master sergeants and first sergeants.
- Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program III:
Target grades: civilian AAW members GS-14/15 or broadband equivalent and Senior Executive Service acquisition professionals; military AAW lieutenant colonels, colonels and general officers; master sergeants, first sergeants, sergeants major and command sergeants major.
For more information and how to apply, visit https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-leadership-challenge-program/.
SETM GRADUATE PLACEMENT PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT
Intentional post utilization of our high potential acquisition civilian professionals is imperative to ensure growth and development toward senior leadership. Post utilization assignments are currently being sought for academic year 2022 Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) graduates (GS-14/15 and equivalent) who have elected to participate in the graduate placement program (GPP). GPP is a bid placement program, administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office, deputy undersecretary of the Army, to assign elected SETM graduates into strategic positions of greater responsibility.
The GPP bid process is open now and closes Feb. 11. If you have a potential Army civilian post utilization opportunity at the GS-14/15 or equivalent level, please contact your command’s SETM human resource representative to discuss the GPP bid process. The Acquisition Support Center point of contact is Maggie Sizer at email@example.com.
NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS – ARMY ACQUISITION TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Working toward your degree? Why not take advantage of this wonderful education opportunity? Applications are being accepted Jan. 3 through Feb. 26. The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) provides tuition assistance to eligible AAW civilians and military occupational specialty 51 contracting (51C) noncommissioned officers (NCOs). 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. For more details and how to apply, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-tuition-assistance-program/.
ARMY WINS SEVEN 2021 DEFENSE ACQUISITION WORKFORCE AWARDS
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Gregory M. Kausner, performing the duties of undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, announced the winners of the 2021 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards on Nov. 18. The Army took home seven honors. The annual awards, representing 24 separate categories, recognize individual and team accomplishments that support secretary of defense priorities through excellence in acquisition. With the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) making up nearly a quarter of the 186,000 Defense Acquisition Workforce civilians and military professionals, the seven Army award-winning teams and individuals are a testament to the professionalism and strength of the Army acquisition enterprise. “We are extremely proud of these professionals and the work they do to develop, acquire and sustain preeminent capabilities for our warfighters,” Kausner said. “Congratulations to all of this year’s winners for their exemplary accomplishments.”
The following winners received their awards in a virtual ceremony on Dec. 15:
ARMY INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS
Production, Quality and Manufacturing
- Terry Hirst, Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center
- Col. John T. Nuckols, Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND)
Science and Technology Manager
- Kevin Wingerd, JPEO-CBRND
ARMY FLEXIBILITY IN CONTRACTING AWARD WINNER
ARMY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INNOVATION AWARD WINNER (LARGE ORGANIZATION)
- U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Software Engineering Center
ARMY DAVID PACKARD EXCELLENCE IN ACQUISITION AWARD WINNERS
- Applied Cyber Technologies, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems
- Operation Warp Speed and the JPEO-CBRND Medical Repurposing team
The awards ceremony video, hosted by Gregory M. Kausner, performing the duties of undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, can be viewed at https://www.dvidshub.net/video/825812/defense-acquisition-workforce-award-winners-honored-ceremony.
To learn more about the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Awards, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/acquisition-awards/.
UPDATE ON THE FY22 IDEAL PROGRAM
Congratulations to all who were selected for the Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL) program. IDEAL is a leader development program for new and emerging Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) supervisors who are seeking to refine their leadership skills or develop them in preparation for a supervisory or leadership position.
For FY22, there will be two IDEAL cohorts, both in Huntsville, Alabama. Cohort A will begin on Jan. 10 and Cohort B will begin on June 6. To learn more about IDEAL, please visit https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/inspiring-and-developing-excellence-in-acquisition-leaders-ideal/.
The IDEAL selectees for FY22:
Albertini Dawn, Army Futures Command (AFC)
Alexis Levi, U.S. Africa Command
Amaya Kevin, Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC)
Barnett Antoinette, Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense
Bortak Amanda, JPEO for Armaments & Ammunition
Bradley Erin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Brennan Kyle, AFC
Bushnell Nina, Army Contracting Command (ACC)
Bussler Forrest, AFC
Chapman Dennis, AFC
Coleman Rashawnda, Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS)
Cooper Joseph , ACC
Cooper Renada, U.S. Army Special Operations Command
Curry Erika, Army Aviation and Missile Command
De Gori Frances, ACC
Dereski Carson, Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM)
Faust Timothy, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS)
Fernandez Alejandro, ATEC
Gannon David, ACC
Haff Stephen, PEO Aviation
Heitzer Troy, CECOM
Hirn Jennifer, CECOM
Hyman Belen, USACE
Jones Napoleon, Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM)
Kashubara Steven, Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS)
Kornhoff Joseph, Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S)
Kuykendall Bryce, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM)
Lawrence Kristen, PEO EIS
Leong Liane, ACC
Little Jamaal, PEO IEW&S
Marhevko-Kozera Cheryl, U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) TACOM
Mcclure Jennifer, AMC ACC
Mccoy Tirso, AMC ACC
Mohr Christopher, Army Sustainment Command (ASC)
Nease Danny, AFC
Nguyen Michael, AFC
Osborne Tiffani, AMCOM
Palmer Brian, PEO EIS
Parente Shauna, AFC
Pauley James, TACOM
Rangel Rocio, ATEC
Ross Kimberly, ACC
Russell Jeananne, ACC
Ruzicka Susan , ACC
Scholl Michael, AFC
Schrantz Anthony, PEO EIS
Schwartz William, ACC
Seaman Nicole, PEO CS&CSS
Sisko Jacob, AFC
Smith John, Joint Munitions Command (JMC)
Stevenson April, AMCOM
Tardiff Marc, AFC
Torres Armando, Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)
Troope Lee, ACC
Vanhoozer Amber, ACC
Vazquez Raymond, AFC
Williams Masao, AMCOM
Wolfgang Jesse, AFC
Wren Carla, PEO EIS
York-Nicola Audrey, ACC
Zarling Bejma Stasya, AFC
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SENIOR ENTERPRISE TALENT MANAGEMENT / ENTERPRISE TALENT MANAGEMENT SELECTEES
The Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) and Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) programs are Army initiatives created to produce senior civilian leaders with an enterprise perspective. Selectees for these prestigious programs are high-performing senior civilian leaders with outstanding potential for assignment to positions of greater responsibility and impact across the Army. Congratulations to the 24 Army acquisition professionals who have been selected for the 2022 SETM and ETM programs!
2022 Defense Senior Leadership Development Program Cohort
- Susan Cranfill, Logistics Data Analysis Center
- Chad McLeod, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
- Jeffrey O’Sadnick, Army Sustainment Command (ASC)
- *Timothy Tharp, Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND)
Academic Year (AY) 2022-2023 Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Acquisition Course
- Tyler Bennett, Army Futures Command (AFC)
- *Jennifer Dabisch, JPEO-CBRND
- *Michelle Hodges, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology
- *Robert Schadey, Program Executive Office (PEO) for Enterprise Information Systems (EIS)
- *Robert Zoppa, PEO EIS
- *Martin Zybura, PEO EIS
AY 2022-2023 Army War College, Resident
- James Miller, Installation Management Command
- Kevona Rodriguez, Army Contracting Command
- Cheri Roseberry, AFC
- *Reginald Shuford, PEO EIS
AY 2022-2024 Army War College, Distance Education
- Jody Fasko, ASC
- *Christopher Green, PEO for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical
- *Leslie Polsen, PEO for Ground Combat Systems
- Allen Wampler, Aviation and Missile Command
Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 SETM – Temporary Duty Assignments
- *Lareina Adams, PEO for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors
- Edward Engbert, AFC
AY 2022-2023 Command and General Staff Officer Course, Resident
- Michael Hamfeldt, AFC
- Monika Wright, U.S. Army Cyber Command
AY 2022-2023 Command and General Staff Officer Course, Satellite
- Jonathan Byrd, USACE
FY 2022 Shadowing Leadership Experience
- Lakeisha Bogan, Army Materiel Command Headquarters
The SETM and ETM programs prepare Army civilians to assume positions of greater responsibility and are designed to afford selected GS-12s through GS-15s (or equivalent) an exceptional professional development, senior-level educational or experiential learning opportunity. Administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office, deputy undersecretary of the Army, SETM and ETM were developed to provide a variety of training and development opportunities to high performing senior civilian leaders who are ready to accept those challenges. To learn more, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/setm-etm/.
* The Acquisition Support Center is the SETM/ETM Command representative for the Direct Reporting Units (DRU), DRU selectees are denoted accordingly.
FY23 DEVELOPMENTAL OPPORTUNITY FOR 51C NON-COMMISSIONED SOLDIER
Heads-up! Eligible NCOs, staff sergeant through sergeant first class, will have an opportunity to apply and interview for a 36-month Temporary Duty Assignment (TDA) as a primary contract administrator at 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 multifunctional contract administration experience in contracting, property management, and quality assurance on major weapon systems programs and force sustainment equipment contracts. The selectee will regularly engage with multiple contractors and stakeholders in a joint environment, to include all military services and 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 selectee will be expected to demonstrate capability and competency to a warrant board in order to serve as a warranted administrative contracting officer (ACO). The selectee should be comfortable with making recommendations to Commanders and other stakeholder leaders. A strong history of leading teams and serving as the “face” to the customer is 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 SFC William A. Phipps at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current DAWIA Framework
– Level II Certified – Contracting
Please note that as of Feb. 1, 2022*, the new DAWIA certification requirements will be:
– DOD Contracting Professional
– 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 Junior (FDU Jr.). The structural changes of the FDU Jr. 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 requisite 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 21st Century Acquisition Workforce talent management framework for the Defense Acquisition Workforce on Feb. 1. 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.
ARMY ACQUISITION OFFICERS – FY23 ADVANCED CIVIL SCHOOLING APPLICATION TIMELINE
Attention active-duty Army acquisition officers: Did you know that the Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program allows Army officers a chance to pursue advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), acquisition, or business-related disciplines at civilian universities on a full-time, fully funded basis?
The winter moving cycle is now open through Feb. 25, with a program start window of October 2022 through March 2023. Reach out to your career manager at Human Resources Command (HRC) for best timing to apply. This is a great chance to enhance your acquisition experience and skills through top tier university programs. Visit the ACS webpage to learn more about the application process and eligibility at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/advanced-civil-schooling/.
FACES OF THE FORCE: SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
We’re looking for a few good workforce members to highlight in our Faces of the Force column, and we need YOUR help—submit your nominations today! Do you know someone in your organization who excels at their job? Or maybe you know someone that has great insight and accomplishments to share—they would be a perfect fit for Faces of the Force.
Faces of the Force is a short column that is featured in Army AL&T magazine and Army AL&T News (online) to showcase the professionalism and accomplishments of the workforce, as well as the range of career opportunities in Army acquisition. Our Spotlight on Success feature highlights those workforce members who recently completed a training or education program offered through the DACM Office.
We’re always looking for submissions and want to hear from you! To submit, fill out the nomination form and submit at https://asc.army.mil/web/publications/army-alt-submissions/.
NOTE: Nominees must be current on all DAWIA certifications and requirements or within the allotted grace period.