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March 13, 2018 - San Diego State University and UC San Diego

We enjoyed spending time with students from San Diego State University and UC San Diego at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific.


All aboard the USS STOCKDALE (DDG 106)!


March 2018 - Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) class!

Ms. René Thomas-Rizzo, HCI Director, briefed the DoD Acquisition Community participants at the DCELP Cohort #7 Orientation Seminar in Southbridge, MA on March 26th.

René Thomas-Rizzo

February 2018 - University Outreach

When most people think about careers in the Department of Defense (DoD) they think of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines in uniform - our Warfighters. HCI spent February 12th - 15th in sunny Florida meeting with select colleges to develop partnerships and share career opportunities in the DoD to lead the way for our Defense Acquisition Workforce.

U Fl University of Florida

First stop, the University of Florida! From left: Ms. René Thomas-Rizzo,Director of HCI; and Aissa Tovar, Human Capital Analyst at HCI.


While in Florida, we had the opportunity to visit SOFWERX, one of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)'s newest innovation labs! SOFWERX, a partnership between Defensewerx and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), brings innovative minds together to solve the most challenging problems facing our warfighters today while keeping an eye to the future.

Embry Riddle Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Our director, Ms.René Thomas-Rizzo, and her staff met with Embry-Riddle Career Services in Daytona Beach to talk about opportunities for students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the DoD.

U Tampa University of Tampa

We had a great time connecting with the Office of Career Services at the University of Tampa! From left: Kelly Allgeir, Associate Director, Office of Career Services at UT; Mark Colvenbach, Director, Office of Career Services at UT; Matt Battista, Manager of Employee Development at UT; René Thomas-Rizzo, Director of HCI; Aissa Tovar, Human Capital Analyst at HCI; Cathy Dunleavy, Senior Human Capital Manager at HCI; and Valerie Shuey, Deputy PEO-Services at United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

USF University of South Florida

We also stopped by the University of South Florida during our college tour. From left: Cathy Dunleavy, senior Human Capital Manager at HCI; Mike McCay, Director of Employer Relations and Career Services at USF; Aissa Tovar, Human Capital Analyst at HCI; Valerie Shuey, Deputy PEO-Services at USSOCOM; René Thomas-Rizzo, Director of HCI.

February 2018

Dr. John DiCecco, an engineer at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, has won the Department of Defense (DOD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advocate Award for 2018, first quarter.

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December 2017

USD(AT&L), Honorable Ellen Lord hosted the 2017 Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement and Development Innovation Awards ceremony at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes on December 6, 2017!

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November-December 2017

Defense AT&L Magazine features HCI's own Scott Wortman's article "AcqDemo Aids Acquisition Mission Success". Click the link below to read his views.

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Joint Qualification Board for Chief Developmental Testers

The fourth annual Test and Evaluation (T&E) Chief Developmental Tester Key Leadership Position (KLP) Joint Qualification Board was held on December 5, 2017. Chief Developmental Tester positions for Major Defense Acquisition Programs and Major Automated Information System programs are designated as KLPs. The Joint Qualification Board considered 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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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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Acquisition and HR Joint Summit

The fifth AT&L- P&R Joint Summit was held on 14 Nov 2017. Approximately 65 participants gathered at the DAU Campus on Ft. Belvoir from Army, Navy, Air Force, Major Defense Agencies, Personnel & Readiness, Senior HR Professionals, Service DACMs, and OUSD. The Summit is a continuation of Acquisition and HR's forum collaborating with the Services, Components, HR Professionals and SMEs sharing best practices, hot topics, and challenges in the DoD Acquisition Workforce. The Summit kicked-off with a pre-taped video of the Honorable Ms. Ellen Lord, Under Secretary for Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics highlighting the importance of the Joint Summit's purpose as part of improving talent management and the manner DoD conducts business. Ms. Lord's comments focused on the Secretary of Defense top priorities of increasing lethality, strengthening ties to our allies and partners, and bringing business reforms to DoD. Additional topics at the Summit included Implementation Process for New Legislation and it's usage, Repository Standardization, Expedited Hiring Authority Best Practices and Security Clearance Updates. In the spirit of collaboration with so many SMEs, we look forward to our next Joint Summit in the Spring of 2018!

AT&L Joint Summit 2017

DACM Corner Newsletter - OCT-DEC 2017

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

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