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May 2017 - AT&L-P&R Joint Workforce Challenges Summit

The fourth AT&L-P&R Joint Workforce Challenges Summit was held on 19 May at the DAU Campus, Ft. Belvoir. Approximately fifty participants joined in from Army, Navy, Air Force, Major Defense Agencies, Personnel & Readiness, Senior HR Professionals, Service DACMs, OSD Comptroller and Cyber Representatives. This Summit is a best practice forum where the Services, Components, HR Professionals and SMEs share topics such as hiring challenges, hiring acquisition workforce, implementation of recent approved hiring and program authorities, and DoD enterprise branding to promote the DoD as an employer of choice. Additional sessions included the Services sharing their best practices for branding, talent management initiatives and a pilot project for an acquisition hiring cell dedicated to creating standardized practices for hiring acquisition workforce. Comptroller provided update on workforce planning and initiatives across the DoD FM workforce. DoD CIO Cyber workforce representative provided an update on efforts to train and inform HR representatives and staffing specialists on the cyber workforce hiring authority. A fifth Joint Summit is projected to be held November 2017.

P and R Summit

April 2017 - 14th Annual Symposium Advances Defense Acquisition Practices, Policies

Moshe Schwartz, Dr. William LaPlante and retired Vice Adm. Joseph Dyer, participated in a panel discussion on regulatory and legislative approaches to improve acquisition during the Naval Postgraduate School's (NPS) 14th annual Acquisition Research Symposium at the Monterey Marriott hotel, April 26. The two-day symposium served as a forum for the advancement of acquisition research, and the exchange of ideas among scholars and practitioners of public-sector acquisition.

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December 2016 - Defense Acquisition Workforce Strategic Plan for FY 2016 - FY 2021 released!

The new FY 2016 - FY 2021 strategic plan for the defense acquisition workforce emphasizes constant improvement to ensure the United States continues to field the best-equipped military in the world. The plan describes the unprecedented progress in rebuilding and professionalizing the workforce and outlines the plan to focus on recruiting and retention initiatives to identify, hire, and retain the best and the brightest in the disciplines vital to meeting today’s and tomorrow's challenges. Strategic Goals include: 1) Making DoD an employer of choice, 2) Shaping the AWF to achieve current and future acquisition requirements, 3) Improving the quality and professionalism of the AWF, and 4) Continuously improving workforce policy, programs and processes.

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December 2016 – Defense Acquisition Workforce Annual Award Winners

On December 8, 2016, the Honorable Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology hosted the Annual Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards ceremony at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes. The Individual Achievement Awards recognizes individuals that have demonstrated excellent performance in the acquisition of products and services for the Department of Defense. The Workforce Development Awards highlights organizations making exemplary efforts to improve the qualifications and professionalism of their acquisition workforce. He also announced the recipient of the newly established Chairman’s award recognizing what he looks for in acquisition management. Deputy Secretary of Defense, The Honorable Robert Work was the guest speaker and highlighted the great accomplishments of the acquisition workforce. General Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs participated in the ceremony.

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July 2016 - Navy DACM Corner Newsletter

The July 2016 edition of the DACM Corner Quarterly Newsletter provides the latest news regarding the Acquisition Workforce and celebrates Workforce accomplishments. Highlights include goals from the DoN Acquisition Workforce FY16-22 Strategic Plan, workforce award programs, program management professional development panel discussion series.

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July/August 2016 - Intellectual Innovation - A Paradigm Shift in Workforce Development

In this article, Michael Cook addresses a struggle that is common across every organization, recruiting and retaining top talent. Cook provides recommendations on how organizations can find, develop, and keep employees in this dynamic and complex environment known as Defense Acquisition. Two approaches to developing an innovate strategy for developing a well-trained workforce include mentorship and tailored training.

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July/August 2016 - Improving Acquisition From Within - Suggestions from Our PEOs

Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, reached out to Program Executive Officers (PEOs) for their observations and recommendations related to their work supporting Defense Acquisition. PEOs are military or civilian officials who have responsibility for directing several Major Defense Acquisition Programs and for assigned major system and non-system acquisition programs. This article provides a collection of their thoughts and challenges these senior line manager' confront.

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May 3, 2016 - Call for Nominations

On May 3, 2016, the Call for Nominations for the 2016 Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Acquisition Awards was released. Human Capital Initiatives manages the Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Award, which recognizes excellence by members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce in 18 functional categories. HCI also manages the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Award, which recognizes organizations that have made exemplary contributions to the career-long development of their workforce.  Applications for each of these awards must be received by close of businessAugust 1, 2016. Late submissions will not be considered. For additional information on eligibility, selection criteria and submission, please review the call for nominations in detail. For questions, please call 703.805.3761.

2016 Call for Nominations


April 2016 - Navy DACM Corner Newsletter

The April 2016 edition of the DACM Corner Quarterly Newsletter provides the latest news regarding our Acquisition Workforce and celebrates our Acquisition Workforce accomplishments. Highlights include the Evolving Face of C4I's Cyber Workforce, PM Leadership Panel Discussion, and Acquisition Workforce Summit 2016.


March/April 2016 - Sustaining the Momentum

In the March/April 2016 Edition of the Defense AT&L Magazine, Hon. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics emphasized the need to sustain and build on the momentum the acquisition workforce has built over the last few years. Kendall also stress the need build even great professionalism for ourselves and our teams. He goes on to say, "Our Director of the Human Capital Initiatives for acquisition personnel, René Thomas-Rizzo, has worked hard with the Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness Brad R. Carson to include provisions in Secretary's Force of the Future initiatives that will benefit our workforce. We will work hard with the Congress and internally to see those initiatives enacted this year".


March/April 2016 - 2015 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards

On December 10, 2015, the Hon. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology hosted the Annual Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards held at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes. The Individual Achievement Awards recognizes individuals that have demonstrated excellent performance in the acquisition of products and services for the Department of Defense. The Workforce Development Awards highlights organizations making exemplary efforts to improve the qualifications and professionalism of their acquisition workforce.


Jan 2016 - Navy DACM Corner Newsletter

The January 2016 Navy DACM Corner newsletter features the latest news regarding our Acquisition Workforce and celebrates our Acquisition Workforce accomplishments.


Dec 10, 2015 - Kendall Presents Acquisition Awards After 'Remarkable Year' of Accomplishments

The Honorable Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics hosted the 2015 Defense Acquisition Awards Program at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes on December 10, 2015. Sixteen individual award winners of the Defense Acquisition Workforce and five large and small Defense Department organizations were recognized. Air Force General Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman if the Joint Chief of Staff, co-presented the Requirements Management Award with Hon. Frank Kendall. Additional information on the Defense Acquisition Awards Program can be found at:

http://www.hci.mil/recognition_2015.html

- http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/633743/kendall-presents-acquisition-awards-after-remarkable-year-of-accomplishments
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Nov 19, 2015 - STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award Call for Nominations

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award is accepting nominations.  This award recognizes individuals or teams from both the DoD Civilian and active duty military/Guard/Reserve that demonstrate exemplary support of STEM education and outreach across the Department. For questions, contact the STEM Development Program Office.


Nov 9, 2015 - Innovation in the Defense Acquisition Enterprise

Innovation has become a very popular word lately. Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the Defense Innovation Initiative about a year ago. At about the same time, the draft Better Buying Power 3.0 set of initiatives, focusing on technical excellence and innovation, were published for comment. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O.
Work has led the effort to develop an innovative “Third Offset Strategy.” Most recently, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced the opening of the Defense Innovation Unit—Experimental, or DIUX, in California’s Silicon Valley. President Obama has led the administration’s successful opening of several Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, most of which are sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD). And more institutes are on the way.

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Oct 31, 2015 - Army DACM Newsletter

The October Army 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.

- Army DACM Newsletter - October 2015


Oct 19, 2015 - Navy DACM Corner Newsletter

The October 2015 Navy DACM Corner newsletter features the latest news regarding our Acquisition Workforce and celebrates our Acquisition Workforce accomplishments. Featured articles include: Note from the New Principal Civilian Deputy, Mrs. Allison F. Stiller, PEO Spotlight- Vision, Focus and Discipline Leads to a Stable Portfolio, and ASD RDA Program Management Workshop.

- DACM Corner Newsletter - October 2015


Oct 12, 2015 - New Organizations Join AcqDemo

Oct 5, 2015 - Annual Program Manager Assessments Released

Oct 5, 2015 - Performance of the Defense Acquisition System


August 2015 - Program Manager Assessments: Professionalism Personified

- http://dau.dodlive.mil/files/2015/06/Kendall.pdf
- http://dau.dodlive.mil/2015/06/01/program-manager-assessments-professionalism-personified/


July 1, 2015 - Kendall: JIDA Move Will Protect Hard-Earned Capabilities

U.S. leaders created the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, now referred to as the Joint Improvised-Threat Defect Agency (JIDA), to counter that threat. As Defense Department strategy and resources shift from previous wars to focus on future missions, the Defense Department has begun to transition JIDA's role and capabilities to the Office of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics OUSD(AT&L). Mr. Kendall paid
a visit on June 30th to discuss what the move will mean for the agency's employees. He added that relocating the counter-IED organization within the defense acquisition, technology and logistics sector "was a natural solution."

- http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=129199
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June 24, 2015 - Acquisition's Leader Urges Innovation, Technical Excellence

Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall spoke to more than 1,000 Defense Department acquisition personnel at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio on June 23, 2015. Kendall focused on the Pentagon's Better Buying Power 3.0 plan, which emphases cost consciousness, technology innovation, and enhanced professionalism in acquisition. Mr. Kendall emphasized the need for the U.S. military to achieve dominate capabilities through technical excellence and innovation and to continue to strengthen a culture of cost-consciousness and professionalism.

- http://www.defense.gov/DesktopModules/ArticleCS/Print.aspx?PortalId=1&ModuleId=753&Article=604886


May 22, 2015 - Carter, Kendall Honor DoD Acquisition's Excellence

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall, presented the 2014 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award and the inaugural 2014 USD(AT&L) Should-Cost and Innovation Award. The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award is DoD's highest team award. Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program office received the Should Cost Innovation Award for their "outstanding" integration of "should-cost" objectives and cost management across all phases of acquisition for the P8-A Poseidon leading to over $5 billion in savings.

- http://www.defense.gov/DesktopModules/ArticleCS/Print.aspx?PortalId=1&ModuleId=753&Article=604701


September/October 2014 - Ethics and Acquisition Professionalism

Hon. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics recalls valuable advice he received from one of his predecessors in the September/October edition of the Defense AT&L Magazine, "The most valuable thing any one of us has is our credibility; once credibility is gone, it can never be recovered." Kendall emphasizes the need to maintain trust and integrity, especially as public servants. It is important to avoid the appearance of unethical conduct. On January 15, 2014, Kendall released his guidance for Annual Ethics Training for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. View the guidance in the Policy Section.


March/April 2014 - What Does it Mean to Be "a Defense Acquisition Professional"?

Hon. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics outlines expectations for defense acquisition professionals. Kendall addresses qualification boards that will be deployed to ensure senior leaders have the experience, education, training, and demonstrated talent to accept responsibility for a major aspect of a multibillion dollar program. To learn about the Joint Key Leadership Position Qualification Boards, visit: http://www.hci.mil/klp.html.

 



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