March 2018 Hot Topics

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Army DACM Office Updates

ACMAs and lead OAPs met in Orlando, Florida, with the Army DACM Office for a highly productive discussion of the latest developments in the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) Human Capital Strategic Plan and the Army DACM Office and, more importantly, questions and concerns from the field.

ACMAs and lead OAPs shared best practices and challenges, as well recommendations on the initiatives the Army DACM Office is working on. A few of the practices shared included an orientation program that provides a “greening opportunity” to civilians new to the AAW; a recognition program using peer nominations; and a crowd favorite, the philosophy and process successfully being implemented by one command for the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation.

What this means: Any bookmarked webpages need to be updated—simply add an ‘s’ to an old URL (example: Change the old bookmarked homepage // to HTTPS://
Why was this done? Our website team recently converted the USAASC website to comply with a federal mandate to provide online service through a secure connection. The secure HTTPS connection verifies the identity of a website for our users and encrypts nearly all information sent between the website or service and the user.
What’s next? We’re in the final stages of testing the new website you’ve heard all about. Once the new site is live, the address will still be our new, secure site at HTTPS://

In Case You Missed It:

  • Stay in the know! Check out the January – March edition of Army AL&T magazine.
  • The January 2018 Army DACM Newsletter is loaded with great resources, including an informative look at Leadership Coaching and so much more!

Acquisition Training, Education and Leader Development Opportunities
So many exciting opportunities are open this month! Check them out and expand those horizons:

  • The 2018-2019 Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship program, the AAW’s premier leader development program, is open for applications, and qualified senior-level acquisition professionals are encouraged to consider applying. The closing date for applications is March 30.
  • Want to get inspired? Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL), a leader development program for GS-12/13s and broadband equivalents, is open for applications. IDEAL prepares acquisition professionals for positions where they will lead people, teams and other workgroups. The closing date for applications is April 26.
  • The Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program announcement for the third quarter of FY18 has closed but the newly approved policy has posted. Please visit our website for details on the program, the new policy, and to get your name in the hat for next quarter. You won’t be sorry!
  • Senior Enterprise Talent Management /Enterprise Talent Management (SETM/ETM) is accepting applications from March 1 through May 15, and the SETM/ETM central board will be looking for qualified applicants for the FY19-20 cohort. Identify your organization’s top talent and get those applications in. Interested and eligible Army civilians should apply via the SETM/ETM automated system. For more information, contact Joyce Junior at or 703-664-5684.
  • Are you looking to be part of the next generation of leadership? The Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program is open for year group 2019 and is accepting applications through March 19. This program is designed to develop the next generation of innovative leaders with the technical competence to meet DOD’s future leadership needs. The program combines classroom learning, guest speakers, group projects, mentoring and simulations to help participants build their executive core competencies.
  • Have a creative idea to use DAWDF? Ever heard of DAWDF? The Army released the announcement for submission requirements for the FY19 Data Call for the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF) on Feb. 6. The FY19 DAWDF priorities are to continue to build a quality, professional, agile and adaptive AAW; and to sustain the professionalism of the AAW.

Requested DAWDF requirements will coincide with the Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Strategic Objectives and should reference the goals in the FY17-21 Army Acquisition Workforce Human Capital Strategic Plan: shape the AAW to achieve current and future acquisition requirements; develop and sustain a professional, agile and qualified AAW; develop and sustain effective Army acquisition leaders; improve AAW engagement as a core business practice; and improve communications and collaboration to support the AAE.

The AAE has established a FY19 Strategic Acquisition Workforce Objective: maintain a trained and agile AAW in a competitive labor market, including civilian leadership development at all acquisition workforce grade levels and enhanced supervisory hard and soft skills development.
Initiatives are submitted via the DAWDF tab of the Civilian Acquisition Management Portal, under Program Request Forms (PRFs), and should focus on improving DAWIA certification rates, building functional and leadership skills, increasing acquisition core competencies, and recruiting, retaining and recognizing top talent.

Since the enactment of DAWDF in the National Defense Authorization Action (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2008, the Army has received more than $755 million in funding to grow, train and retain our acquisition workforce. NDAA 2016 made DAWDF permanent, and its use remains an important enabler for the AAW to develop the next generation of acquisition leaders. FY19 PRF submissions will remain open until May 18.

Need more help? Want to know more about a program? OAPs or AAW members can submit a CAMP Help Request ticket and we’ll be happy to get you the assistance you need.