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DoD Public-Private Talent Exchange Participants Meet With Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment – Mid-Point Feedback

On March 28, 2019, the Honorable Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, United States Department of Defense (DoD), met with the 5 DoD and 5 private sector participants of the inaugural DoD Public-Private Talent Exchange. This groundbreaking acquisition-focused pilot exchange program targets high-performing, mid-career civilians with demonstrated leadership potential. These trailblazers are midway through their six-month exchange assignments. Participants shared highlights of their experience thus far and ideas for improving the program for those who follow.

Lord emphasized the importance of using this great exchange experience to improve DoD-Industry partnering and communication.

Key highlights from participants included being quickly engaged as part of the team, gaining exposure to a new business culture, operations and challenges, and each other’s approach to decision making. Participants will take these valuable insights back to their home organization.

The next cohort of exchange participants will commence in January 2020. For more information on this program, visit

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AcqDemo Quarterly Executive Council Meeting

On March 21, 2019, AcqDemo held its quarterly Executive Council Meeting, which also served as an opportunity for the AcqDemo Program Office to recognize the council members for their commitment and dedication to the program. Celebrating 20 years of service, AcqDemo is a human resource management system that provides the right tools to motivate and retain a high-quality workforce, and it promotes a culture where the contributions of civilian employees are recognized and rewarded. Visit the AcqDemo website for more information about the program or to read about its 20-year milestone in the Defense Acquisition magazine.

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March 2019 - Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP)

On March 19, 2019, staff from HCI are attending an orientation for this year’s DCELP class, which includes 80 acquisition professionals from across the DoD. In the below pictures, Ms. Diana Torres, contracting specialist from Army Contracting Command, is sharing how she supports the warfighter as well as what drives her to lead; and HCI Director Mr. José Gonzalez is addressing the DCELP class and providing an overview of the program.

The purpose of DCELP is to develop entry to mid-career level civilian personnel in a full range of competencies needed to lead self, lead teams and projects, and lead people in accordance with the DoD Civilian Leader Development Framework. DCELP fills a critical need by enabling the DoD to focus on leader development at the entry to mid-career level of the civilian workforce. The goal of this training is to serve as the foundation for further development as leadership responsibilities increase.

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Celebrating 20 Years of AcqDemo

This year, the DoD Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) is celebrating 20 years of enhancing workforce quality, management and professionalism. With two decades of success, AcqDemo has provided an inherently flexible pay and personnel management system enhancing the quality, management and professionalism of the DoD acquisition workforce. This milestone is commemorated in the 2019 March/April issue of Defense Acquisition.

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2018 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards

The 2018 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards ceremony was held on February 5, 2019. The ceremony recognized acquisition professionals and organizations for their commitment to acquisition excellence. Visit the HCI awards Web page to learn more about the award recipients and to view the 2018 photo gallery.

University of San Diego students tour the Pentagon

On January 17, HCI staff hosted students from the University of San Diego on a tour of the Pentagon to introduce them to careers in the defense acquisition workforce. The tour concluded with a Q&A, which allowed students to learn more about how careers in #DefenseAcquisition are rewarding and support the mission.


HCI Director Presents at 4th Estate Summit

On January 15, HCI Executive Director Mr. José Gonzalez had the pleasure of speaking at the 4th Estate Annual Acquisition Career Management Summit. During the summit, Mr. Gonzalez shared updates on several DoD and HCI activities including emerging themes, FY 2019 A&S/HCI priorities, the 2019 summer internship program, exchange pilot programs and more. Congrats to 4th Estate on a successful event!


DOD Launches Talent Exchange Pilot Program to Strengthen the Acquisition Workforce

WASHINGTON - On January 7, 2019, the United States Department of Defense (DOD) launched the Defense-Industry Talent Exchange Pilot Program. This acquisition-focused pilot program will enable 13 DOD and private sector participants to gain a better understanding of each other’s business operations, and share innovative best practices.

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New Executive Director

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment has appointed Mr. José Gonzalez as the new Executive Director, Human Capital Initiative.

Jose Gonzalez

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Building the Future Workforce, One Student at a Time

Fort Belvoir, VA – The defense acquisition workforce will be adding more college interns to their ranks next summer! The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Human Capital Initiatives recently wrapped up the application period for the first-ever Department of Defense (DoD) College Acquisition Internship Program (DCAIP). DCAIP is a highly-competitive program seeking to attract a diverse group of bright and innovative full-time college students into acquisition workforce positions within multiple DoD agencies. The program will provide a paid, 10-week, summer hire opportunity designed to expose students pursuing undergraduate degrees to the DoD culture and provide real-world experience in various acquisition career fields.


Nearly 600 students nationwide applied to be part of DCAIP’s inaugural class. Students selected for the program will spend next summer working for several DoD components, including Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment [OUSD(A&S)]. Interns will be placed at installations all over the country in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, and the National Capital Region. Students who successfully complete all intern program requirements may also have the opportunity to convert to a full-time, permanent position upon graduation.

HCI is excited to open the DoD’s doors to the future workforce, and hopes that DCAIP inspires the next generation to define their future with the acquisition workforce at the DoD.