CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – ARMY ACQUISITION EXECUTIVE AWARDS
The 2022 Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Awards Call for Nominations is underway! These AAE awards recognize Army Acquisition Workforce and acquisition community professionals whose performance and contributions directly reflect outstanding achievements in support of the warfighter and in transforming the Army. Organizations are encouraged to consider the amazing work that our acquisition personnel accomplish on a daily basis and submit nominations to recognize those professionals. Nominees’ contributions must have been made between Aug. 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022. The AAE will present the awards at the annual Army Acquisition Awards ceremony in December. Act fast and submit your nominations by Friday, Sept. 23. To learn more about the AAE Awards, review eligibility criteria and submit nominations, visit: https://asc.army.mil/web/aae-awards/.
The Contracting (CON) Functional Area updated training, education and experience requirements for its community as part of the Back-to-Basics initiative to modernize the implementation of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification framework. The updated framework features a single tier of certification: Professional.
For more information, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/btb-contracting/.
ACQUISITION EDUCATION, TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
PAID INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS!
The Defense Acquisition University Office of Human Capital Initiatives (HCI) will accept applications starting Sept. 14 for the DOD College Acquisition Internship Program (DCAIP). DCAIP is a paid, 12-week internship that exposes students to defense acquisition workforce career opportunities. The program targets full-time second- and third-year students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university. Selected students will work full-time over 12 weeks, between May and August 2023. There may be opportunities to return during the summer of 2024, determined by DOD component need and student eligibility. After college graduation, the student may be eligible for conversion to a permanent position within the acquisition workforce.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as the window for applications closes October 12 or sooner, if the maximum number of applications for a particular location is reached. To learn more about this opportunity, please go to HCI’s DCAIP webpage: https://www.hci.mil/dodcareers/internship.html.
STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM– ARMY CIVILIANS
Open for applications! Now accepting applications from Oct. 3 through Nov. 17 for the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). Just this past January, there were 327 Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) professionals approved for the SLRP. The SLRP is designed to repay federally insured student loans as a retention incentive for civilian acquisition employees in critical acquisition functional areas. Interested and eligible civilian AAW members can find more information at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/student-loan-repayment-program/.
TARGET TIME – 80 POINTS OF CONTINUOUS LEARNING BY SEPT. 30
Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) members have until Sept. 30 to satisfy their continuous learning standard requirements. All members of the AAW are expected to maintain continuous learning standards during the two-year continuous learning cycle. AAW professionals must engage in at least 80 hours of acquisition-related continuous learning activities every two years. The goal is to engage in 40 hours of annual continuous learning, every year, throughout the tenure of your position.
The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is the AAW’s primary planning tool allowing AAW professionals to discuss, plan and manage their continuing education, training and special experience. The IDP is also used by AAW professionals to plan continuous learning courses or activities, request continuous learning point (CLP) credit and track their CLP balance. The current CLP cycle is Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2022.
HOW DO I ACCUMULATE CLPS?
You accumulate CLPs for each course marked as “Complete” on your IDP within this Continuous Learning Time Cycle. To add planned courses, or to mark planned courses as complete, go to the planning link at https://apps.asc.army.mil/camp/apps/cappmis/modules/idp/index.cfm?fuseaction=cEmployee.plan.
AAW professionals are required to complete ethics training every calendar year. Options to meet the requirement include:
- Attend any installation or organizational judge advocate general-sponsored ethics training (ETH 007).
- Overview of Acquisition Ethics (CLM 003) – Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Continuous Learning Module.
- Ethics at Work (HBS 415) – DAU Continuous Learning Module.
- Watch the 16-minute DAU online Ethics Video (ETH 007) – works best in Microsoft Edge browser.
- Army Office of General Council (OGC) Annual Ethics Online Training at https://www.fdm.army.mil./documents/OnlineArmyEthicsTraining2020.pdf.
Once your annual ethics training is complete, you must list the course as completed on your IDP within the Civilian Acquisition Personnel and Position Management System (CAPPMIS) and obtain supervisor concurrence. The Army DACM Office is responsible for tracking and reporting compliance to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Your command representatives—acquisition career management advocates and organizational acquisition points of contact—are responsible for ensuring command and program executive office compliance.
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY NEWS
ATTENTION CONTRACTING PERSONNEL – VIRTUAL CONTRACTING OFFICER’S REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE HOURS
Did you know Defense Acquisition University (DAU) regularly hosts virtual contracting officer representative (COR) office hours every Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time)? These live office hours are designed especially for the DOD COR community. Audience members include not only CORs but also program managers, contract specialists, contracting officers and organizations that manage CORs. The purpose of these events is to connect people, ideas, resources and information for the contracting community. Registration is not required. For more details, go to https://www.dau.edu/event/Hacking-PM-Management-9-13-2022.
ATTENTION PROGRAM MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL
On Sept. 13, DAU is hosting the third installment of its “Hacking” Program Management webcast. Topics of discussion include the Adaptive Acquisition Framework as called out in DODI 5000.02, the Major Capability Acquisition Pathway and guest speakers will also be answering your questions about pathways in real time. The purpose of this event is to provide at least one “hack” that will ultimately benefit you or your program. The event’s moderator is Dr. Steven Moore, DAU professor of Program Management. Registration is required; go to https://www.dau.edu/event/Hacking-PM-Management-8-9-2022.
UPDATING YOUR ARMY.MIL EMAIL ADDRESS WITH CAMP/CAPPMIS
If you have transitioned to and are receiving emails to your army.mil email address, please ensure your email address is current on your Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) within CAPPMIS (Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System).
To access and edit your email address through the CAMP/CAPPMIS portal go to https://apps.asc.army.mil/camp/. Once you login to the system, click on the “Change Email Address” link on the right-hand side, fill out the form and press “Submit Request.”
MANAGING YOUR ACQUISITION CAREER
You are your own best career manager; to help you achieve your goals, use the DACM Office Program Timeline resource. Whether it’s obtaining a degree, paying off a student loan, learning team and leadership skills or broadening your experience with a developmental opportunity, there’s something for everyone. Check out all the upcoming programs here: