September 2019 Army DACM Office Hot Topics

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The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Human Capital Initiatives Office is accepting applications starting Sept. 1 for the DOD College Acquisition Internship Program (DCAIP). DCAIP is a paid, 10-week internship that provides students with real-world experience in career fields within the DOD acquisition workforce. The program targets full-time second- and third-year students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university. Applicants are encouraged to submit early as the window for applications closes Oct. 1 or sooner, if the maximum number of applications for a particular location is reached. For additional information about program locations, salary, eligibility requirements and more, please go to

Congratulations to the 14 Army Acquisition Workforce graduates of the 2019 Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP). These future leaders completed four weeklong seminars between March and June at the DOD Executive Management Training Center in Southbridge, Massachusetts. DCELP focuses on developing emerging leaders in grades GS-7 through GS-12 (and broadband equivalent) through leadership assessment, team development, effective writing and conflict resolution. Seminars focused on topics such as knowing the self, expressing the self, understanding the DOD, managing organizations, building teams and leading people. See the graduate list along with photos and read about their journeys to leadership at Interested in being a 2021 DCELP participant? Visit the DCELP page at

Now’s your chance to apply for the FY20 Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) Product Director Centralized Selection Board (Civilian-Only). Applications are being accepted now through Sept. 12. Eligible applicants are AAC members, GS-14 (or broadband equivalent) and Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certified in program management at the time of application. The application process is completed online in CAPPMIS (Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System) at—look for the green tab labeled “AAPDS” (Army Acquisition Professional Development System) and apply online. Please go to the Army DACM Office website for specific program details:

Congratulations to the 26 Cohort 1 graduates of the FY19 Emerging Enterprise Leaders (EEL) program. The EEL initiative is a one-year developmental program providing aspiring leaders in GS-11 and GS-12 (or broadband equivalents) within the program executive offices (PEOs) with specialized junior leader development. During the year, participants encountered tips for addressing issues in the workplace such as negotiating, crucial conservations, influencing others, adapting your leadership, and ethics. Each participant was afforded the opportunity to a 60- to 90-day developmental assignment and professional coaching. For details about this program, go to the EEL page at

FY19 Cohort 1 Graduates:

  • Franz Alinsao, PEO Enterprise Information Systems (EIS)
  • Richard Beljour, PEO Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (STRI)
  • Andrew Brais, PEO Ground Combat Systems (GCS)
  • Jason Daugherty, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support (CS&CSS)
  • David Duff, PEO Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives
  • Sam Eskarous, JPEO Armaments & Ammunition
  • David Finch, PEO CS&CSS
  • Darrell Fleetwood, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors  (IEW&S)
  • Shane Forsythe, PEO GCS
  • Bereket Haile, PEO EIS
  • Angela Hayden, JPEO Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Defense (CBRND)
  • Amberly Jones, PEO Missiles & Space (M&S)
  • Leslie Juergens, PEO M&S
  • Megan Johnson, PEO M&S
  • Donah Laster, PEO GCS
  • Jeffrey Majer, PEO GCS
  • Roberto Montanez, PEO M&S
  • Ashley Nease, PEO M&S
  • Jessica Newberry, Army DACM Headquarters
  • Sheila Ollison, PEO EIS
  • Lauren Pavlik, PEO EIS
  • Nicole Sheard, PEO GCS
  • Laura Stephenson, PEO IEWS
  • Brian Stockridge, PEO STRI
  • Dennis Tran, PEO Soldier
  • Rene Villarreal, PEO IEWS
  • Sherry Weathersby, PEO STRI


Congratulations to the FY19 graduates of the DOD Industry Exchange Program (IEP) listed below.

This six-month innovative program offers high-performing GS-13 through GS-15 acquisition civilian professionals (or equivalent payband) an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the commercial sector’s perspectives, practices and operations. Total immersion into a corporate environment strengthens and enhances Army acquisition employees’ leadership foundations while discovering cutting-edge business techniques. IEP participants are assigned to companies such as Amazon, General Motors, Deloitte, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

  • Susan Fung, PEO Soldier, Fort Belvoir, Virginia—assigned to Booz Allen Hamilton.
  • Ryan Stacey, Army Contracting Command – Warren, Michigan—assigned to Booz Allen Hamilton.
  • Jeremy Ryan Whitsitt, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, Natick, Massachusetts—assigned to Deloitte.
  • Jonathan Nadig, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa, Oklahoma District—assigned to Deloitte.

To find out more about the IEP, go to .


Take a peek behind the curtain and see what it’s like to experience the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Ghost Program. In his firsthand account, Maj. Jonathan Harmeling describes his acquisition experiences as an “Army Ghost” in this exciting article at

The application window is continuously open for the FY20 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. During a TDY rotation to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, selectees are immersed in a fast-paced, highly rewarding joint environment and will lead a 90-day sprint to meet the demanding needs of our SOF operators. USSOCOM is primarily looking for high-performing Functional Area 51 acquisition captains and majors (O-3 or O-4) with two to four years of acquisition experience. The program is offered at no cost to the applicant’s command. To apply, or if you have any questions, send an email to

As an Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) member, or as a rater or senior rater of an AAW member, you are responsible for a phase of completing a Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE) this year. The SRPE is a talent management tool used to evaluate the potential of every civilian Army acquisition professional at the GS-12 through GS-15 and broadband equivalent levels. The intent is to evaluate their future potential for positions of greater responsibility or centrally selected professional development opportunities. Army Director, Acquisition Career Management Policy requires a SRPE annually. On Oct. 1, the Army DACM Office will release the SRPE to all raters of AAW personnel—and it must be completed by Dec. 31.

In order to prepare for the upcoming SRPE release on Oct. 1, your immediate action is required by Sept. 10:

  1. Verify your email address is correct in CAPPMIS (Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System) at To update your email address, use the Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) Edit feature in CAPPMIS.
  1. Verify that the Individual Development Plan (IDP) identifies the proper supervisor (rater) and senior rater in CAPPMIS at

Please note: If the rater or senior rater information is incorrect or missing, notify the proper rater to add the employee to his or her supervisor IDP profile and update the senior rater as necessary. Incorrect rater and senior rater identification will prevent the SRPE from being processed through the correct rating chain and will result in a significant delay in SRPE completion. Rater and senior rater corrections must be made no later than Sept. 10.

Updates to the rating chain MUST be complete in CAPPMIS by Sept. 10.

For guidance on the completion of the SRPE, including helpful hints and system guides, please go to the dedicated SRPE website at and the SRPE site in CAPPMIS at

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


Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals are required to complete ethics training every calendar year. Options to meet the requirement include:

  • Overview of Acquisition Ethics (CLM 003)—DAU Continuous Learning Module.
  • Ethics at Work (HBS 415)—DAU Continuous Learning Module.
  • Or watch the 16-minute DAU online Ethics Video (ETH 004)

The Army DACM Office is responsible for providing completion results to OSD. Capture your training completion on your IDP now. If your ethics requirement is completed through a DAU course module, the credit will automatically be recorded on your Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) once DAU auto-refreshes its data into our Army systems. If your ethics requirement is completed through other means, such as the 16 minute ethics video, the course credit must go through an approval process via your Individual Development Plan (IDP) in your CAPPMIS (Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System) account, under the “Planning” section. Click on the “Add Other Training” (free text) button and follow the steps for approval. Once you add the training to your plan, be sure to click the checkbox to the left of the course title and then click on the “Submit for Supv Approval” button.

The DACM memorandum can be found at 

Please remember to keep up with your mandatory Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) position standards. Maintaining a high-caliber Army Acquisition Workforce is critical and involves everyone—employees, supervisors and commands alike. Some of these standards include:

  • Meeting acquisition career field certification level requirements within a 24-month grace period.
  • Actively managing Individual Development Plans and discussing them with supervisors at least every six months.
  • Accumulating at least 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) by Sept. 30, 2020, which is the end date of the two-year CLP cycle.
  • Ensuring completion and receipt of annual Senior Rater Potential Evaluations (SRPEs).

For more details, read the document titled “Director, Army Career Management (DACM) Memorandum – Fiscal Year 2019 Army Acquisition Workforce Standards” at



The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) published a memorandum on July 30 awarding the foundational credential for acquisition Intelligence within the Acquisition Intelligence Career Occupation Program. The Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, in partnership with the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, established the Acquisition Intelligence Career Occupation Program. This means professionals within the Army Acquisition Intelligence Career Occupation Program who are directly involved with acquisition processes will have the skills needed to be successful. Award of the Level I (entry Level) foundational credential requires:

  • One year experience in an acquisition intelligence position.
  • DAU ACQ 101: Fundamentals of Systems Acquisition Management.
  • DAU CLR 101: Introduction to the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System.
  • DAU ACQ 110: Fundamentals of Acquisition Intelligence.
  • Intelligence professional credential (Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification assessment).

The Army DACM Office is currently working to enable the ability to reflect this credential on the Acquisition Career Record Brief within CAPPMIS (Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System) at  [NOTE: This would apply to only those in acquisition-coded positions. If not in an acquisition-coded position, DAU can reflect course completion.] The OUSD July 30 memorandum is posted on the Army DACM Office policy website at For additional information about this credential, visit the Acquisition Intelligence Career Occupation Program guide here: .

If you’re looking to increase your business acumen, you’re in luck with the Army DACM Office’s dynamic list of suggested reading material. From the halls of the University of Virginia, Professor Alan Beckenstein, who teaches an “Army Understanding Industry Course,” provides his suggestions for anyone interested in improving their knowledge of a wide range of economic or financial topics. Happy reading! You can find the complete reading list at

DAU is currently in the process of changing its online nomenclature. DAU websites are moving from “” domains to “” domains. As these changes happen, all public-facing DAU sites will be re-directing from the old URLs to the new URLs. You may see a brief page appear on your screen during these re-directs, letting you know that the site is moving and that your DAU bookmarks should be updated.

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

The Summer 2019 edition of the Army AL&T Magazine is now available online at . This journal provides the AAW community with in-depth, analytically focused articles on a range of topics including AL&T processes, procedures, techniques and management philosophies. Subscribe today:

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