ACQUISITION EDUCATION, TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
BACK-TO-BASICS: WHAT DOES YOUR ACRB LOOK LIKE NOW?
Now that Back-to-Basics (BtB) has been implemented, this is a perfect time to take a look at your Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB). Please note that as of Feb. 22, the ACRB and other tools stored in your Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP) account will look slightly different. For starters, some changes to the language have happened. For example, acquisition career fields (ACFs) are now referred to as acquisition functional areas (AFAs). As far as different levels of certification, the naming conventions are also a bit different. What used to be numbered levels of certification (Levels I, II, III and IV), shifted over to the three new categories of foundational, practitioner and advanced. Speaking of certification, you have the ability to view, save and print your previously earned Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certifications. Also new to the CAMP system is a handy tool of seeing which Defense Acquisition University (DAU) training courses are required for BtB certification standards. With the addition of DAU’s new optional Credentialing offerings, your ACRB now has a Credentialing section, which you can manage with your supervisor via your Individual Development Plan (IDP).
Our BtB MilSuite page has a treasure trove of valuable tools such as functional area videos, slide decks and frequently asked questions, and other acquisition career management resources. If you have any questions on these topics, please submit a WMI Help Request within the CAMP system and an acquisition career manager will reply to your inquiry.
OPEN NOW: THE SENIOR ENTERPRISE TALENT MANAGEMENT (SETM) AND ENTERPRISE TALENT MANAGEMENT (ETM) PROGRAMS
March 1 through May 15, the SETM and ETM programs are open for applications—do not wait, apply now! These Army talent management programs are designed to produce senior civilian leaders with an enterprise perspective and the potential to serve in positions of increasing levels of responsibility. A variety of exceptional professional development, senior-leader education and experiential learning opportunities are available for eligible candidates at GS-12 through GS-15 (and equivalent pay bands). More details can be found at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/setm-etm/.
FY23 DEFENSE CIVILIAN EMERGING LEADER PROGRAM – ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The fiscal year 2023 Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP), Cohort 16, is now open for applications. The program develops emerging leaders at GS-07 through GS-12 and equivalent broadband levels. DCELP combines community-based learning, guest speakers, group projects, coaching and other activities. Cohort 16 is the fiscal year 2023 cohort for members of the DOD Acquisition Workforce and will provide excellent opportunities for Army Acquisition participants to network with other emerging acquisition leaders from across DOD. The application period closes on May 24. Learn more about DCELP at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/dcelp/.
FY24 CENTRALIZED SELECTION LIST OPEN ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is pleased to announce the release of the fiscal year 2024 Centralized Selection List (CSL) opportunities, as follows:
• LTC/GS-14 Product Manager: Feb. 22 – April 22
• COL/GS-15 Project Manager: Feb. 22 – April 22
All details on the positions, eligibility, application instructions and more may be found on our CSL Landing Page at https://asc.army.mil/web/centralized-selection-list/.
Congratulations to our new fiscal year 2022 product directors! These four GS-14 candidates from the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) were selected from the fiscal year 2022 product director centralized selection board held July 6–9, 2021, at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
UPDATE: ARMY REGULATION 350-1 AND PRE-COMMAND COURSE REDESIGN PILOT PHASE KICK-OFF
by Maj. Tim Demerath, Proponency Officer
The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC) School of Command Preparation (SCP) published an Operations Order (OPORD) to initiate the kick-off of the Pre-Command Course (PCC) redesign pilot phase, which began on Oct. 1, 2021. This redesign of PCC will directly update our acquisition command/key billet centralized selection list (CSL) requirements for selectee officers and civilians prior to their assumption of their slated position. Acquisition CSL selectees are required to continue attending the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Core PCC at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the Acquisition PCC administered by the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence (AACoE). CSL selectees will also need to complete PMT 4010/PMT 4020 respectively, or the Contracting PCC dependent upon the CSL position they are slated for.
Additionally, Basic Branch PCCs were updated across the operational Army in accordance with updated chief of staff of the Army guidance regarding leadership development, and will consist primarily of warfighter exercises and skills assessments for future battalion and brigade commanders. Our acquisition CSL selectees are no longer eligible to attend Basic Branch PCC due to these updates. Please contact Ms. Denise Greig viaemail, firstname.lastname@example.org, at the Acquisition Management Branch if you need support canceling a Basic Branch PCC reservation. The next phase of PCC redesign will officially begin when the SCP publishes the updated Army Regulation 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development. The updated AR 350-1 is anticipated to be published in October of 2022.
The DACM Office’s inkwell needs a refill as six new policies were recently signed into action as follows:
- “Army Acquisition Active Component Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) Program Policy and Procedures”
Establishes responsibilities and outlines policy and procedures for Active Component Functional Area 51 (FA51) officer participation in the Department of the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) Program; signed on Jan. 14, 2022.
- “Army Acquisition Training with Industry (TWI) Policy and Procedures”
Establishes responsibilities and outlines policy and procedures for Active Component Functional Area 51 (FA51) officer participation in the Department of the Army’s Training with Industry (TWI) Program; signed on Jan. 14, 2022.
- “DACM Organization Acquisition Point of Contact OAP Policy”
Outlines the roles and responsibilities and provides policy on the designation and tenure of organization acquisition points of contact (OAPs). This policy further delineates lead and subordinate OAPs’ roles and responsibilities to provide organizational-level advice and support necessary to develop and sustain a highly capable, professional and qualified AAW; signed on Feb. 2, 2022.
- “Leadership Excellence and Acquisition Development (LEAD) Program Policy”
Governs the implementation and administration of the Leadership Excellence and Acquisition Development (LEAD) Program, and outlines general requirements for selection into and participation in the program. The policy applies to AAW civilians; signed on Feb. 2, 2022.
- “Army Acquisition Non-Commissioned Officer Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) Policy”
Establishes policy and procedures for application to the Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) Program and the selection of applicants for this program. The policy applies to all active component military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C Contracting Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs); signed on Feb. 3, 2022.
- “Army Acquisition Career Management Advocate (ACMA) Policy”
Outlines responsibility and provides guidance on the designation and tenure of DACM-chartered Army acquisition career management advocates (ACMAs). This policy defines the role of the ACMA to provide senior leave strategic vision, advice, and support necessary to develop and sustain a highly capable, professional and qualified AAW from an organizational perspective; signed on Feb. 2, 2022.