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The mission of the Office of HCI is largely derived from its role to assist USD(AT&L) in carrying out the responsibilities listed in:

  • 10 U.S.C. Chapter 87, the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA), which provides special authorities and responsibilities to the Secretary of Defense with respect to the defense acquisition workforce;
  • 10 U.S.C. § 1701, which states:
    (a) Policies and Procedures. The Secretary of Defense shall establish policies and procedures for the effective management (including accession, education, training, and career development) of persons serving in acquisition positions in the Department of Defense.
    (b) Uniform Implementation. The Secretary shall ensure that, to the maximum extent practicable, acquisition workforce policies and procedures established in accordance with this chapter are uniform in their implementation throughout the Department of Defense.
  • 10 USC § 1702, which assigns the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD (AT&L)) the responsibility and authority to manage the acquisition workforce;
  • DoDD 5000.52, which provides policies and responsibilities for an Education, Training, and Career Development Program for the DoD AT&L workforce and establishes a single acquisition corps throughout the Department of Defense;
  • DoD Directive 5134.01, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)), Paragraph 3.13 (ref 11), which states the USD AT&L shall establish policies and procedures, in coordination with the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, for the effective management of the acquisition, technology, and logistics (AT&L) workforce in the Department of Defense.
Legal Authorities
Subject Document Type Effective Date
Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) 10 USC Chapter 87 10 May 2012
DoD Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF) (Version: As of FY17 NDAA) 10 USC S 1705 23 Dec 2016
Biennial Strategic Workforce Plan 10 USC S 115b 4 Jan 2012
DoD FY 2014-2019 Strategic Workforce Plan, FY 2014-2019   2014
DoD FY 2010-2018 Strategic Workforce Plan, FY 2010-2018   2010
Defense Acquisition Workforce Strategic Plan   Dec 2016
NDAA FY10-13 Acquisition Workforce Highlights   FY10 - FY13
Reports to Congress
Subject Document Type Effective Date
Independent Study of Implementation of Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Efforts Report to Congress Feb 2017
FY 2016 DAWDF Annual Report to Congress Report to Congress Feb 2017
FY 2015 DAWDF Annual Report to Congress Report to Congress April 2016
FY 2014 DAWDF Annual Report to Congress Report to Congress Sept 2015
FY 2013 DAWDF Annual Report to Congress Report to Congress April 2014
FY 2012 DAWDF Annual Report to Congress Report to Congress April 2013
FY 2011 DAWDF Annual Report to Congress Report to Congress 12 Nov 2012
FY 2010 DAWDF Annual Report to Congress Report to Congress 24 Aug 2011
FY 2009 DAWDF Annual Report to Congress Report to Congress August 2010
FY 2008 Defense Acquisition Workforce Defense Fund (DAWDF) Report to Congress Report to Congress January 2009
U.S. Government Accountability Office Reports
Subject Document Type Effective Date
Defense Acquisition Workforce: Actions Needed to Guide Planning Efforts and Improve Workforce Capability GAO Report Dec 2015
DOD Needs Complete Assessments to Improve Future Civilian Strategic Workforce Plans GAO Report Sep 2013
Observations on DOD's Efforts to Plan for Civilian Workforce Requirements GAO Report Jul 2012
Defense Acquisition Workforce: Improved Processes, Guidance, and Planning Needed to Enhance Use of Workforce Funds GAO Report Jun 2012
DOD's Training Program Demonstrates Many Attributes of Effectiveness, but Improvement is Needed GAO Report Oct 2010
Human Capital: Further Actions Needed to Enhance DOD's Civilian Workforce Plan GAO Report Sep 2010
Human Capital: Opportunities Exist to Build on Recent Progress GAO Report Feb 2009
DoD Directives and Issuances
Subject Document Type Effective Date
Operation of the Defense AT&L Workforce Education, Training, and Career Development Program  DoDD 5000.66 21 Dec 2005
Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Workforce Education, Training, and Career Development Program DoDI 5000.52 12 Jan 2005
Reporting Management Information on DoD Military and Civilian Acquisition Personnel and Positions  DoDI 5000.55 1 Nov 1991
OUSD(AT&L) Memoranda
Subject Document Type Effective Date
Sustaining Momentum - Continuing Efforts to Strengthen the Acquisition OUSD(AT&L) Memo 10 June 2016
Extension of Expedited Hiring Authority for Select Defense Acquisition Workforce Positions OUSD(AT&L) Memo 18 Dec 2015
Interim Extension of Expedited Hiring Authority for Acquisition Workforce OUSD(AT&L) Memo 30 Sept 2015
The New Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02 OUSD(AT&L) Memo 2 Dec 2013
Continuing Efforts to Strengthen the Acquisition Workforce OUSD(AT&L) Memo 28 April 2015
Implementation Directive for Better Buying Power 3.0 - Achieving Dominant Capabilities through Technical Execellence and Innovation OUSD(AT&L) Memo 9 Apr 2015
Announcement of Director, OUSD(AT&L) Human Capital Initiatives OUSD(AT&L) Memo 10 Mar 2015
Expansion of International Acquisition Career Path OUSD(AT&L) Memo 2 Sept 2014
Establishment of the Small Business Career Field OUSD(AT&L) Memo 2 Sept 2014
Mandatory Annual Ethics Training for Defense Acquisition Workforce OUSD(AT&L) Memo 15 Jan 2014
Key Leadership Positions and Qualification Criteria OUSD(AT&L) Memo 8 Nov 2013
Renaming the Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering Career Field OUSD(AT&L) Memo 16 Sept 2013
Implementation Directive for Better Buying Power 2.0 – Achieving Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending OUSD(AT&L) Memo 24 Apr 2013
Continuation of Centrally Funded Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund Initiatives OUSD(AT&L) Memo 13 Mar 2013
Continuation of Centrally Funded Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Improvement Initiative OUSD(AT&L) Memo 11 Sept 2012
Implementation of Expedited Hiring Authority for Select Defense Acquisition Workforce Positions OUSD(AT&L) Memo 28 Aug 2010
Government Performance of Critical Acquisition Functions OUSD(AT&L) Memo 25 April 2010
Force of the Future
Subject Document Type Effective Date
The Next Two Links to the Force of the Future Memo 9 June 2016
Defense Digital Service Memo 26 Jan 2016
Maintaining Our Competitive Edge in Human Capital Memo 18 Nov 2015
Building the First Link to the Force of the Future Speech Speech 18 Nov 2015
Building the Second Link to the Force of the Future Fact Sheet  
The Next Two Links to the Force of the Future Fact Sheet  
Guidance Memoranda
Subject Document Type Effective Date
Phased Retirement OUSD(P&R) Memo 21 June 2016
Defense Acquisition Workforce Management Group Charter WMG Memo 29 July 2011
Issuance of the AT&L Workforce Desk Guide WMG Memo 10 Jan 2006
Meeting Presentations
Subject Event Date
2016 Joint ACQ DoD Summit Agenda Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint Summit - AFPC Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint Summit Army ACQ Hiring Cell Pilot Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint Summit - Army HR Service Delivery Model Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint Summit - ATL HR Summit AcqDemo Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint Summit - ATL Recruitment Best Practices Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint Summit - Low Hanging Fruit Chart Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint Summit - NADP Best Practice Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint Summit - STRL Update Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint Summit AWF Legislative Update FY16 NDAA Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint Summit AWSP FY16-21 Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint Summit Force of the Future Summit 13 May 2016
2016 Joint ACQ and HR Summit Minutes Action Items v6 Summit 13 May 2016





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