ACQUISITION EDUCATION, TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
NOW OPEN FOR PERMANENT GS-14/15 CIVILIANS – DAU SENIOR SERVICE COLLEGE FELLOWSHIP
The Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is now accepting applications for the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) program through Jan. 20, 2023. The DAU-SSCF program is a 10-month educational senior leadership development opportunity sponsored by the DACM. DAU-SSCF is conducted under the auspices of the DAU through the Huntsville, Alabama, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey and Virtual Seminars. The virtual seminar is an excellent SSC/SSCF option for any interested and eligible acquisition workforce member located outside of Huntsville and Picatinny. The FY of DAU-SSCF is to provide leadership and acquisition training to prepare senior level civilians for leadership roles such as product and project manager, program executive officer, and other key acquisition leadership positions to include contracting. The DAU-SSCF program is also approved as a Military Education Level-1 (MEL-1) Senior Service College equivalent. Effective for fiscal year 2023, O6 and GS-15 centralized selection list (CSL): MEL-1 is required before assumption of command. DAU-SSCF is the only civilian fellowship approved by the Army. To learn more, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college.
CLOSING SOON: STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM (SLRP) – ARMY CIVILIANS
The fiscal year 2023 Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) application window is open now through Nov. 17. The SLRP is designed to repay federally insured student loans as a retention incentive for civilian acquisition employees with critical acquisition functional area skills. For additional program details and the application process, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/student-loan-repayment-program.
NOW OPEN – YG23 LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AND ACQUISITION DEVELOPMENT (LEAD)
The Army DACM Office is now accepting applications for the year group 2023 LEAD program. LEAD is the DACM Office’s highly competitive and premier 24-month leadership development program offering expanded training through a series of education, leader development and broadening assignments to build skills required for positions of greater responsibility. The program is designed to enhance the leadership acumen of the Army’s civilian acquisition workforce and is open to GS-12 and -13 (or broadband equivalent). Participants are provided centrally funded leadership training and developmental assignments within the acquisition community. LEAD graduates will be provided an infusion of unique digital technology experiential and training opportunities, (i.e., information technology (IT), cyber, artificial intelligence (AI), and human systems integration (HSI)).
While the LEAD program does not guarantee a promotion, it does strengthen desired skills, providing a competitive edge to those who compete for senior acquisition leader positions. Program participants are encouraged to seek promotion opportunities during their tenure in the program by applying for vacancies through the competitive process.
Applications to the 2023 LEAD program are being accepted through Dec. 2, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/lead.
EARN CONTINUOUS LEARNING POINTS (CLPs) WITH FREE AUDIO BOOKS
Did you know DAU offers free audiobooks to the acquisition workforce?
- Navigate to dau.edu
- In the upper right-hand corner, go to Course Login
- Log in to your profile with your CAC
- Under the Learning tab, enter the Learning Search page
- On the left-hand side Filters section, click on Modality
- Check the Listen box
- Make your selection from the list of audiobook results
- Press Request
- Press the red Launch button
- Enjoy your listening experience!
Listening to acquisition-related audiobooks can, with your supervisor’s approval, count toward your DAWIA position’s 80 CLPs requirement.
FY23-24 CONTINUOUS LEARNING POINTS (CLPs) AND CREDENTIALING GUIDANCE FOR THE LIFE CYCLE LOGISTICS FUNCTIONAL AREA
On Oct. 7, the Army Acquisition Functional Leader (AAFL) for the Life Cycle Logistics (LCL) Functional Area (FA), Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Sustainment, Timothy Goddette signed a memorandum titled “Recommended Continuous Learning Points and Credentialing for the Life Cycle Logistics Career Field.” The memo provides recommended fiscal year 2023-24 CLPs and credentialing guidance to the Army’s LCL workforce. This guidance is effective for the current two-year continuous learning cycle, which runs from Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2024. These training opportunities may also be found in your Individual Development Plan (IDP) within your CAPPMIS profile at https://apps.asc.army.mil/camp. For more information about these recommended credentialing programs and courses and how to apply, go to DAU’s iCatalog page at https://icatalog.dau.edu.
RECOMMENDED CONTINUOUS LEARNIING POINTS (CLPs) AND CREDENTIALS FOR THE CONTRACTING FUNCTIONAL AREA
On Oct. 4, the Army Acquisition Functional Leader (AAFL) for Contracting, Megan Dake signed a memorandum titled “Recommended Continuous Learning Points and Credentials for the Contracting Functional Area.” The memo provides recommended fiscal year 2023-24 CLP and credentialing guidance to the Army’s contracting workforce. This guidance is effective for the current two-year continuous learning cycle, which runs from Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2024. The AAFL specifically recommends members of the contracting workforce focus 20% of the required 80 CLPs on critical areas and related course offerings listed in paragraph three of the memo. These training opportunities may also be found in your Individual Development Plan (IDP) within your CAPPMIS profile at https://apps.asc.army.mil/camp. For more information about these recommended credentialing programs and courses and how to apply, go to DAU’s iCatalog page at https://icatalog.dau.edu.
EQUIVALENCY OR FULFILLMENT OF DAU COURSE CREDIT THROUGH NAVAL POSTGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
A memo titled “Fiscal Year 2019 through 2023 – Equivalency or Fulfillment Credit for Defense Acquisition University Courses through Completion of the Naval Postgraduate School Master’s Degree Programs,” was signed by the Army DACM on Oct. 6. This memo outlines the process for Functional Area 51 (FA51) officers to receive equivalency or fulfillment credit, whichever is applicable, for DAU courses after successfully completing one of the Army DACM Office-sponsored Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Master’s Degree programs. The policy only applies to FA51 officers who (a) graduated between fiscal year 2019 through 2023 and (b) are seeking DAWIA certification in program management (PM) at the Practitioner level or contracting at the Professional level. This document has an enclosure (NPS Course Crosswalk). All AAW policies are housed in the Policy Library here.
NEW ASA(ALT) ACQUISITION POLICY PROCESS AND PORTAL
by Anthony Taylor
Amid the Army’s most significant modernization effort in decades, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) plays a pivotal role in ensuring critical capabilities are developed and fielded to warfighters. To be successful, practitioners must have access to clear, consistent guidance that enables them to effectively navigate the complexities of the Defense Acquisition System.
To support this objective, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Strategy and Acquisition Reform (DASA(SAR)) developed the new ASA(ALT) Policy Development and Management Process, published on Oct. 5. The objective of the new process is to ensure ASA(ALT) policies are developed, coordinated and implemented consistently; are aligned with statute, regulation and other policies; and are effectively communicated to the broader acquisition community.
In line with this effort, DASA(SAR) also recently relaunched the ASA(ALT) Acquisition Policy Portal. The ASA(ALT) Acquisition Policy Portal serves as the authoritative repository for all ASA(ALT) standalone policy memorandums and houses significant acquisition-related policies published by other Army and DOD organizations. The portal supports seamless navigation between ASA(ALT) policies and guidance, ASA(ALT)-developed Army Regulations, and external policy sites to ensure visibility over the entire acquisition policy landscape. Additionally, the portal will provide supplemental aids, tools and resources to help the workforce with policy development and implementation efforts. Other key features of the site include a roster of policy POCs at each of the ASA(ALT) organizations; a “Hot Topics” section to keep the workforce informed of key policy topics and updates; and a suggestion box that allows users to provide feedback to DASA(SAR) on their experience with the portal.
Effective immediately, the portal is fully functional and can be accessed by all ASA(ALT) personnel. Stakeholders are encouraged to become familiar with the site and provide feedback to DASA(SAR) to ensure maximum benefits are realized through this resource. A copy of the new “ASA(ALT) Policy Development and Management Process” policy memorandum can also be found on the portal.
To visit the ASA(ALT) Acquisition Policy Portal, go to: https://spcs3.kc.army.mil/asaalt/portal/SitePages/Policy%20Portal.aspx.
The site can also be found on the ASA(ALT) SharePoint homepage under the “Policy Portal” section.