DACM OFFICE UPDATE
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! 2020 AAE EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARDS
The Army Acquisition Workforce is filled with many impressive people—individuals and teams who develop new systems and products for the warfighters or identify new ways to get those systems funded and fielded. The 2020 Army Acquisition Executive’s Excellence in Leadership Awards provide the chance to spotlight their work. The awards honor individuals and teams whose outstanding contributions and achievements merit special recognition. Awards are presented in eight individual categories and two team categories, and the deadline for submitting nominations is July 29. Be sure to read the complete nomination guidelines at: https://asc.army.mil/web/acquisition-awards/.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DAU-SSCF CLASS OF 2020
On May 19, 2020, the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) program made graduation history. For the first time since its inception, graduation ceremonies were held online. All graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 were conducted on platforms such as WebEx and Microsoft Teams. DAU-SSCF is a rigorous, 10-month training and education leadership program designed to prepare senior level civilians for acquisition leadership and is administered in four geographical locations: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Huntsville, Alabama; Detroit Arsenal, Michigan and Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.
Graduates of the 2020 DAU-SSCF at Aberdeen Proving Ground:
Michael Acriche, Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T)
Walter Flood, III, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command
Scott Newman, PEO C3T
Gary Owen, PEO for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S)
Robert Perry, Army Contracting Command (ACC)
Brent Smith, PEO C3T
Graduates of the 2020 DAU-SSCF at Detroit Arsenal:
Phillip Burton, Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM)
Erik Kallio, Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
Jason Middleton, TARDEC
Elizabeth Miller, PEO Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS)
Kenny Wong, ACC
Graduates of the 2020 DAU-SSCF – Huntsville:
Craig Bergquist, PEO Missiles & Space (PEO M&S)
Misty Glover, PEO M&S
John Holdcraft, PEO Aviation
Paul Lupo, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM)
Wade McCollin, PEO IEW&S
Jeannie Sommer, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), Aviation & Missile Center
Kadee Waterbury, Defense Acquisition University; previously with Army Materiel Command (AMC)
George Wiggs, CCDC
Graduates of the 2020 DAU-SSCF at Picatinny Arsenal:
Joseph Brescia, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC)
Eugene Connor, Joint PEO for Armaments and Ammunition (JPEO AMMO)
Jeffrey Frye, ARDEC
Lt. Col. Jose Maldonado, New Jersey National Guard
Reinaldo Martinez, JPEO AMMO
Don J. Palathinkal, ARDEC
Matthew Zimmerman, JPEO AMMO
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE FEVS SURVEY
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) plans to launch the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) on July 14. All full- and part-time permanent employees onboard as of October 2019 will receive an email from OPM. The FEVS serves as a tool to measure federal employees’ perceptions on effectiveness and drive change in many critical areas including job and program satisfaction, commitment, engagement and how each contributes to accomplishment of the Army’s mission. Results provide agency leaders with insight into areas where improvements have been made, as well as areas where improvements are needed. Contact your command’s personnel representative for more information.
ACQUISITION EDUCATION, TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
NOW ACCEPTING FY22 COL/GS-15 PROJECT MANAGER CENTRALIZED SELECTION LIST APPLICATIONS
Now through July 24, 2020, applications are being accepted for the fiscal year 2022 Col./GS-15 project manager command selection list (CSL). The CSL board selects the best-qualified Col./GS-15 applicants for specifically identified acquisition command and key billet positions to meet the needs of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC). Selection of AAC leaders begins with guidance from the chief of staff of the Army to the selection board. The process ends with the publication of a centrally selected list of officers and civilians to serve as acquisition directors and project managers in designated acquisition key billets deemed so critical that a board must centrally select those leaders. The fiscal year 2022 Col./GS-15 CSL application window closes on July 24. Selectees will be slated for their positions beginning in the summer of 2022. General information can be found at: https://asc.army.mil/web/centralized-selection-list/. To apply for selection, go to https://apps.asc.army.mil/camp/. Then, click on CAPPMIS, then on the AAPDS tab, and lastly, click on “Apply.” The point of contact is Mr. Harry P. Ward, CSL Program Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-604-8106.
CLOSING SOON – APPLY FOR THE IDEAL PROGRAM NOW THROUGH JULY 28
Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL) is a leader development program for Army Acquisition Workforce members in grades GS-12 through GS-14 (or broadband equivalent) who are currently in a supervisory position OR who have clearly documented potential for supervisory and leadership positions. If you are a current or future supervisor seeking to refine or develop your leadership skills, this may be the program for you. The deadline for IDEAL applications is July 28, 2020. To apply and for more information, read the announcement at: https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/inspiring-and-developing-excellence-in-acquisition-leaders-ideal/.
APPLY NOW FOR THE ACQUISTION TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Now through August 14, 2020, applications are being accepted for the Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP). ATAP provides tuition assistance to eligible Army Acquisition workforce (AAW) civilians and military occupational specialty (MOS) 51 Contracting (51C) NCOs. This is your chance to earn required business hours toward membership in the Army Acquisition Corps, the elite group of acquisition professionals within the AAW. Take this opportunity to complete acquisition and business courses toward either a bachelor’s or master’s degree at an accredited college or university of your choice during off-duty time. The Army DACM Office is the sponsor of the ATAP and will fund tuition costs (laboratory and technology fees) within specified limits (see announcement for details). For details and how to apply, got to https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-tuition-assistance-program/.
DAU FY21 COURSE SCHEDULE OPENS AUGUST 27
The new fiscal year 2021 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course schedule will open for enrollment on August 27, 2020. DAU courses fill up quickly and the earlier you apply, the better your chances are for obtaining a reservation. Browse DAU’s online catalog at: https://icatalog.dau.edu/onlinecatalog/tabnav.aspx. Remember to check your acquisition certification standards on the certification page at: https://icatalog.dau.edu/onlinecatalog/CareerLvl.aspx.
ONLY THREE MONTHS LEFT TO MEET YOUR CLP REQUIREMENT!
Tick, tock goes the clock. We are in the final quarter of the current Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) continuous learning two-year cycle, which began October 1, 2018 and ends September 30, 2020. Nearly 25 percent of the AAW is not on track to meet this requirement! The Army DACM reminds the workforce that the requirement to complete 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) within this two-year cycle is the backbone of ensuring the AAW is armed with the most current training and education to support the Soldier. If you’re in the 75 percent of the AAW that’s on track with your CLPs, great job! But if you’re not, there is still time before the deadline. To browse and apply for DAU continuous learning modules, go to https://icatalog.dau.edu/onlinecatalog/tabnavcl.aspx.
Attention, active component Functional Area 51 (FA51) acquisition officers! There is an updated Training With Industry (TWI) policy with an effective date of June 23, 2020. The memo, titled “Army Acquisition Training with Industry Policy and Procedures,” establishes responsibilities and outlines policy and procedures for active component FA51 officer participation in the Department of the Army’s TWI Program. Read the memo in its entirety at: https://asc.army.mil/web/training-with-industry-policy/.
Dr. Bruce D. Jette, Army acquisition executive (AAE), signed an updated memo on June 29, 2020, appointing the principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army (acquisition, logistics and technology) as the director, Army Acquisition Corps (DAAC). The memo gives the DAAC full authority to carry out all powers, functions and duties with respect to the management and oversight of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) and Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) matters in accordance with DODI 5000.66. Of note, the memo provides a three-year assignment to DAAC responsibilities.
A second AAE memo, titled “Appointment as the Director, Acquisition Career Management,” was also signed on June 29. The memo appoints the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) as the Army’s representative for all AAW matters within the Department of Defense and gives the authority to manage the integrated execution and oversight, and daily management of the AAW education, training and career development programs.
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