November 2019 Army DACM Hot Topics

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ARMY DACM OFFICE UPDATES

 

2019 DEFENSE ACQUISITION WORKFORCE AWARDS

The Army was well represented in this year’s Defense Acquisition Awards!

Army acquisition individuals and teams were recognized in such categories as Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement, Software Innovation Team, Flexibility in Contracting, and Workforce Development Innovation. Not to mention, an Army team was awarded the esteemed David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award. These prestigious awards recognize demonstrated, outstanding achievements and best practices in Department of Defense acquisition.

Our Army winners are listed below.  A full list of defense acquisition award winners is posted on the Army AL&T News site at https://asc.army.mil/web/news-army-well-represented-in-workforce-achievement-awards/. Read the complete 2019 David Packard award article in Army AL&T News at https://asc.army.mil/web/news-peo-soldier-team-wins-2019-packard-award/.

David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award
Sub Compact Weapon Team, Product Manager Individual Weapons, Project Manager Soldier Weapons, PEO Soldier

Workforce Development Innovation Award (Large Organization)
CCDC – Ground Vehicle Systems Center, Warren, Michigan

Individual Achievement Award Winners
– Acquisition in an Expeditionary Environment
MAJ Eugene Choi, ACC
– Cost Estimating
Ms. Nicole Gulla, JPEO A&A
– Production, Quality and Manufacturing
Mr. James Clark, CCDC
– Program Management
COL David Warnick, PEO M&S
– Requirements Management
COL Sean McMurry, JPEO CBRN
– Science and Technology Manager
LTC Mara Kreishman-Deitrick, AFC
– Software (new category this year!)
Mr. George Senger, PEO C3T

It is with great pride that we recognize the accomplishments of our acquisition professionals for their commitment to excellence and contributions in support of the Warfighter.  The awards ceremony was held on Oct. 29, 2019 at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes. A separate ceremony recognizing the 2019 David Packard award winners will be held on Monday, Dec. 2 at the Pentagon.

For more Army acquisition award winners, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/acquisition-awards/acquisition-wall-of-fame/ .

 


 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FY21 SELECTEES OF THE PROJECT DIRECTOR CENTRALIZED SELECTION BOARD!

In FY15, the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) initiated a civilian only centralized product director selection board as a talent management initiative to identify high performers with leadership potential and key program management skills to lead many of our acquisition programs.

The Product & Project Director (PD) concept is to centrally select high performing Army acquisition civilian program management personnel at the GS-14 and GS-15/broadband equivalent level to serve in PD positions within the Program Executive Office (PEO) structure. The DACM’s objective is to direct personnel assignments within the PEOs to facilitate the placement of high performing civilian personnel for these PD positions. This central management of civilian PDs is the core of the civilian talent management concept.

FY21 PRINCIPAL LIST SELECTEES:
Kevin Curry, PEO Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS)
Matthew Maier, PEO Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T)

 FY21 ALTERNATE LIST SELECTEES:
James Childress, PEO Missiles and Space (PEO M&S)
Timothy Hale, PEO EIS
James Hallinan, PEO M&S
Michael McGarvey, Missile Defense Agency
Craig Riedel, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support
Dennis Teefy, PEO C3T
Timothy Vinson, PEO Aviation

 


 

MILITARY RECRUITING NEWS

Supporting Soldiers and Expanding the Army Acquisition Corps

In mid-September, a joint military recruiting effort took place during Branch Week at the U.S. Military Academy, between the Joint Program Executive Office Armaments and Ammunition and the Army DACM Office. Supporting Dr. Bruce Jette’s (ASAALT, AAE) initiative to expand the Army Acquisition Corps and broaden support of Soldiers’ careers, the recruiting effort highlighted key areas such as promotion opportunities, tuition assistance, certification, developing leadership skills, and training with industry assignments.

See an event photo and read the original article, authored by Edward Lopez, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command-Armaments Center at https://www.army.mil/article/229079/.

 


 

DECEMBER 31ST IS THE DEADLINE FOR FY19 SENIOR RATER POTENTIAL EVALUATIONS (SRPE). 

Army DACM policy requires annual completion of a Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE). On Oct. 1, 2019 the Army DACM Office released the SRPE to all raters of Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) personnel via CAPPMIS at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/.

For guidance on the completion of the SRPE, including helpful hints and system guides, please go to the dedicated SRPE website at https://asc.army.mil/web/senior-rater-potential-evaluation/  and the SRPE site in CAPPMIS, under the SRPE tab, and then click on the “SRPE Info” link.

If you have questions related to the SRPE process, please contact your supervisor or your Organization’s Acquisition Point of Contact (OAP).

See a listing of OAPs at https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-640236.

 


 

DACM POLICY UPDATES

The Army DACM Office has been busy working to improve career development opportunities for the Army Acquisition Workforce.  Below are recently signed policies that impact you – find them all in the DACM Office Policy Library at https://asc.army.mil/web/alt-workforce-policy-procedure/.

 


 

ARMY ACQUISITION NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER ADVANCED CIVIL SCHOOLING APPLICATION, SELECTION, AND ATTENDANCE POLICY AND PROCEDURES

Effective October 10, 2019, this memorandum establishes policy and procedures for application to the Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program and its selection of applicants.  This memo applies to all active component Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51C Contracting Non-Commissioned officers (NCOs).

Read the full memo at:
https://asc.army.mil/web/final-nco-acs-policy-signed-20191010-cas/.

 


 

DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY (DAU) TRAINING POLICY AND PROCEDURES

Effective October 10, 2019, this memorandum covers many topics with respect to DAU training and establishes Army DACM policy and procedures for the application, selection, funding, quota management, prerequisite training, TDY procedures, travel expenses, no-show policy, and cancellation of Defense Acquisition University (DAU) training.

Read the full memo at:
https://asc.army.mil/web/final-dau-training-policy-and-procedures-signed-20191010-cas/.

 


 

ARMY ACQUISITION TRAINING WITH INDUSTRY POLICY AND PROCEDURES

Effective October 8, 2019, this memorandum 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 Program.

Read the full memo at:
https://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-policytrainingwithindustry/.

 


 

REVISED – DA ACQUISITION CAREER FIELD CERTIFICATION POLICY

Effective October 10, 2019, this revised policy ensures the continued professionalism of an Army acquisition workforce. The memo provides guidance for managing Acquisition Career Field (ACF) certification to ensure the certification application, decision, and appeal processes are consistent across the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) and performed in accordance with applicable regulations.

Read the full memo at:
https://asc.army.mil/web/army-dacm-acf-certification-policy-memorandum/

 


 

FY20 ARMY ACQUISITION WORKFORCE STANDARDS

Effective October 3, 2019, this annual memorandum from the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management, provides guidance that sets the standards for Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals and their parent organizations to achieve in order to comply with Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) statutory requirements and DACM policies.

Read the full memo at:
https://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-memo-fy20-army-acq-workforce-stnds/.

 


 

RECOMMENDED CLP MEMORANDUMS FOR EACH ACQUISITION CAREER FIELD

This collection of individually signed memos from the Army Acquisition Functional Leaders (AAFLs) recommends functionally focused areas in which to earn continuous learning points (CLPs) based on the AAFL’s designated Acquisition Career Field (ACF).

Read the full memo at:
https://asc.army.mil/web/clp-recommendation-memorandums-busce-busfm-con-eng-fe-icpm-lcl-pqm-pur-stm-te-20191015/.

 


 

ACQUISITION TRAINING, EDUCATION AND LEADER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DCELP – The Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program

Congratulations to the Year Group 2020 DCELP Selectees!

The Army DACM Office is pleased to announce the Army Acquisition Civilians who were selected for the upcoming Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) cohort.

DCELP is the premier DOD leader development program for GS-07 through GS-12 (or equivalent payband) civilian personnel.  DCELP develops entry- to mid-career level civilians in a full range of competencies needed to lead self and to lead teams and projects.  You can read more about this exciting program at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/dcelp/.

The selectees for Year Group 20 are:

Engels Arias Life Cycle Logistics US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM)
Rachel Davis Life Cycle Logistics US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM)
Sheryl Egans Contracting US Army Medical Command
Dmitry Ermakov Information Technology US Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM)
Arthur Griffin Engineering Army Futures Command
Troy Heitzer Life Cycle Logistics CECOM
Rebecca Jessen Contracting Army Contracting Command (ACC)
Tirso McCoy Contracting US Army Corps of Engineers
Scott Oakley Contracting ACC
Paul Schneider Contracting ACC
Anthony Schrantz Information Technology Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems
Amanda Severino Business – Financial Management TACOM

 

WELCOME, NEW FY20 EMERGING ENTERPRISE LEADERS (EEL) 

Congratulations to the 14 new, FY20 inductees of the EEL program! 

WELCOME TO COHORT 2:

  • Moriah Bartlett, U.S. Army Medical Command
  • Mark Block, PEO EIS
  • Matthew Eady, PEO MS
  • Marta Garner, U.S. Army Sustainment Command (ASC)
  • Charley Gulac, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center
  • Shontel Hamilton, TACOM
  • Shelly Hart, PEO Aviation
  • Tiffany Jones, TACOM
  • Michael P. Nguyen, U.S. Army Futures Command
  • Krystal Robinson, ASC
  • Michelle Roden, PEO MS
  • Phillip Schnebelt, PEO GCS
  • Sara Stein, PEO GCS
  • Rachel Tomlinson, PEO IEW&S

 The EEL initiative is a one-year developmental program providing aspiring leaders at GS-11 and GS-12 (or broadband equivalents) within the program executive offices with specialized junior leader development. During the year, participants learn approaches for addressing a range of workplace issues including negotiating, crucial conservations, influencing others, adapting leadership, and ethics. Each participant is afforded the opportunity for a 60- to 90-day developmental assignment and professional coaching.

To read about FY19 EEL participant’s testimonials in the October 2019 DACM Newsletter, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-newsletter/.

For more information about this program, go to the EEL page at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/emerging-enterprise-leader-eel-program/.

 


 

The “IDEAL” Development Course for our Army Acquisition Workforce

The Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL) program is doing just as its title states!  Since the Army DACM Office offered this program three years ago, the feedback from students participating in IDEAL has been overwhelmingly positive.  IDEAL is a leadership development program for Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) GS-12/13 (or broadband equivalent) professionals with identified leadership and supervisory potential. IDEAL prepares mid-career professionals for positions where they will lead people, teams and other workgroups.

Participants in the Warren, Michigan cohort of the FY19 IDEAL program took part in a field trip to Sterling Heights, MI on Sept. 19 to visit General Dynamics Land Systems; providing the students with unique lessons on leadership, innovation, mentoring, understanding of workplace cultures, and acquisition products.

Participants in the Washington, D.C. IDEAL cohort also ventured into the field to observe acquisition and leadership from a special perspective.  During their Oct. 2 trip to Arlington National Cemetery, students toured the grounds and spoke with personnel who manage the multiple contracts that not only sustain, repair, and modernize the cemetery but keep it operational with some 6,500 burials per year.

Read all about the trip to Arlington National Cemetery at https://asc.army.mil/web/news-acquisition-professionals-visit-arlington-national-cemetery/.

Read about the recent FY19 graduates of the IDEAL program here: https://asc.army.mil/web/news-acquisition-professionals-complete-ideal-program/.

And congratulations to the 65 AAW civilians who were selected for the FY20 offering of IDEAL! Who are these up-and-coming leaders?  Find out at https://asc.army.mil/web/news-congratulations-to-the-fy20-ideal-selectees/

Thinking about participating in the IDEAL 2021 program? 

Although the year group 2021 cohort application window for the IDEAL program does not open until June of 2020, it’s never too early to begin preparing your application package.  Putting together a successful application packet takes time and effort.  That’s why we’ve developed a guidance sheet outlining a few pointers on what can make a successful application.  We asked members of the IDEAL program’s application review board what they look for in selecting a candidate for the program, and they identified some common characteristics that can help you develop an application that may put you ahead of the competition!  Find out what the judges said by going to our guidance sheet at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/inspiring-and-developing-excellence-in-acquisition-leaders-ideal/ and scroll down the page to the “HOW TO APPLY” section. Please keep in mind these are common traits of successful application packages, and do not guarantee acceptance into the program.

 


 

TRAINING WITH INDUSTRY

The Training with Industry (TWI) program is growing up and out.  As mandated by Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, the TWI program is tripling in size.  The year-long work-experience program gives top-performing officers and noncommissioned officers extended exposure to industry management techniques, best practices and technological innovations.

In the October Army DACM newsletter, Lt. Col. Olric Wilkins, one of the current TWI participants, shares his TWI experience at Boeing in a “Tracking TWI” article.

To read more about Lt. Col. Wilkins’ TWI experience, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/news-tracking-twi/.

 


 

ACQUISITION TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Attention NCOs, 51Cs, and Army Acquisition Workforce civilians!

The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) application deadline is Nov. 22, 2019.  Get your applications in soon to be considered for this opportunity to receive tuition assistance.  And remember, ATAP is not only a chance to receive funding toward an academic degree, it also funds courses needed toward the requirements of membership in the elite Army Acquisition Corps!  To read about the eligibility requirements and other conditions, refer to the ATAP page at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-tuition-assistance-program/.

 


 

SOCOM GHOST PROGRAM

The application window is continuously open for the FY20 U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ghost Program. This is a unique, broadening opportunity for junior Army acquisition professionals to directly support the mission of delivering Special Operations Forces (SOF) capabilities to downrange warfighters. USSOCOM is primarily looking for high-performing FA-51 acquisition captains and majors (O-3 or O-4) with two to four years of acquisition experience. To apply, or if you have any questions, send an email to ghost-recruiting@socom.mil.

 


 

DAU NEWS

New credentialing program from Defense Acquisition University!

Expand your professional skills and open career paths with Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU) new credentialing program.  This October, DAU rolled out a specialized credential program pilot that provides a way to build skills within the Defense Acquisition Workforce to improve job performance.  The credential program was created as a response to workforce feedback that learning is more beneficial closer to the moment of need.  DAU’s credentialing program offers responsive and timely learning experiences that are self-selected, to grow and deepen skills.

These professional credentials will complement, not duplicate, other credentialing programs and do not replace current Level 1 – 3 Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification requirements.  Several of the program’s initial credentials are Agile, Digital Engineering, and Services Acquisition.  In February 2020, another credential will be released to assist DoD acquisition professionals manage cybersecurity aspects of their program.

Find additional program details by visiting the Army DACM Office website:  https://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-office/dau-credentialing/.

 


 

Development Assignment at the Office of Small Business Programs

Are you seeking a developmental and career broadening opportunity to work at Department of Army Headquarters? The Army Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) may be the right fit for you!

Army OSBP seeks one GS-13 through GS-15 acquisition professional to perform 179-day assignment at Army OSBP Headquarters in the Pentagon, Washington, DC. The Army OSBP mission includes advising Army Senior Leaders on small business matters, spearheading initiatives that contribute to expanding the small business industrial base relevant to Army mission priorities, and providing oversight of the small business program executed by over 8,000 professionals worldwide. The assignment includes the opportunity to collaborate with peers in Headquarters Department of the Army and in Army Commands, to work on special projects for the socioeconomic programs described in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) part 19, and to serve as special assistant to the Director, Army OSBP.

Position Title: Procurement Analyst, Contract Specialist, Program Analyst, or Small Business Specialist
Location: Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Duration: 179 days
Announcement Opening Date: Nov. 5, 2019
Announcement Closing Date: Dec. 5, 2019
Assignment Start Date: January 2020 (exact date to be negotiated)
Funding: Army OSBP will pay for temporary duty (TDY) costs; labor costs are covered by the employee’s organization.
Who May Apply: Army Acquisition Workforce members who meet the following criteria:
Grade Level: Minimum GS-13 or equivalent
Occupational Series: Contracting and Acquisition Career Program 14
Key Attributes: Positive attitude, action oriented, interest in achieving Army priorities through small business utilization.

How to Apply: Submit the following documents in the nomination/application package:
Resume; Statement of Interest (1-page); Command Endorsement
Submit nomination packages to Gayna C. Malcolm-Packnett at gayna.c.malcolm-packnett.civ@mail.mil by 4 p.m. EST on Dec. 5, 2019.
Questions about this opportunity can be directed to Gayna C. Malcolm-Packnett at gayna.c.malcolm-packnett.civ@mail.mil (703) 693-6115.

 


 

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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

This month, we are spotlighting the work of the Army Acquisition Workforce—your chance to highlight the interesting work you or your teammates are doing in support of the warfighter. Don’t be shy; tell us what you’re working on. Fill out a Faces of the Force nomination form and we’ll help get the word out. Details are at https://asc.army.mil/web/publications/army-alt-submissions/.

 


 

Interested in more DACM News?

Read the October 2019 issue of the Army DACM Newsletter at:
https://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-newsletter/.

The DACM Newsletter provides pertinent and timely career development information to the Army Acquisition Workforce; alerting the workforce of new offerings, changes, and opportunities in a one-stop document.

 


 

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