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Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,
Technology and Logistics – Human Capital Initiatives


DACM Corner Newsletter - OCT-DEC 2017

In this issue, Commemorating the Impacts of the Honorable Sean J. Stackley.

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November 2017

USD(AT&L), Honorable Ellen Lord announcement of the 2017 Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement and Development Innovation Award Winners!

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September 2017 - Expedited Hiring Authority made Permanent

Permanency of the Expedited Hiring Authority, was implemented on September 6, 2017 by Honorable Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and Mr. Kurta of OSD Personnel and Readiness. This special hiring authority, provided by Congress, has been used by many DoD components since 2009 to hire talented individuals into the DoD acquisition workforce.

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The Department of the Navy, DACM Corner, Quarterly Newsletter for the Acquisition Workforce JUL-SEP 2017 released

Program Executive Office (PEO) Spotlight. Led by Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, the Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO U&W) is responsible for the development, production, fielding and sustainment of the Navy’s unmanned aircraft, weapons and target systems.

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July 2017 - Joint Qualification Board for Chief Developmental Testers - Call for Candidates

The forth annual Test and Evaluation (T&E) Chief Developmental Tester Key Leadership Position(KLP) Joint Qualification Board call for candidates is now available. Chief Developmental Tester positions for Major Defense Acquisition Programs and Major Automated Information System programs are designated as KLPs. The Joint Qualification Board will consider Defense Acquisition Workforce applicants to identify a pool of T&E Level III-certified personnel who are ready to fill the Chief Developmental Tester KLPs based on their training, education and experience.

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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 May 2017

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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