Back-to-Basics - Empowering the Workforce

Back-to-Basics Initiative - Empowering the Defense Acquisition Workforce Today and for Their Future!

NEW - 09/07/2021: The DoD Back-to-Basics (BtB) initiative improves the certification and training framework to further empower the defense acquisition workforce for success. The BtB framework includes six functional areas: Program Management, Contracting, Life Cycle Logistics, Engineering and Technical Management, Test and Evaluation, and Business - Financial Management and Cost Estimating. Framework improvements are described in the six Functional Area Leadership memorandums at https://www.hci.mil/btb.html. The targeted implementation date of October 1, 2021 was revised to February 1, 2022. This change provides additional time to complete management actions and to fully implement BtB improvements for the defense acquisition workforce. (DAU/HCI).


On September 2, 2020, senior DoD acquisition leadership announced the phased implementation of the Back-to-Basics (BtB) 21st Century Acquisition Workforce talent management framework. To support the National Defense Strategy, it is imperative that we significantly improve our acquisition workforce functional area framework and prioritize limited training resources for the Defense Acquisition Workforce who develop, acquire, and sustain operational capability. Through BtB we will streamline certification requirements, expand job relevant training and credential opportunities, and design-in continuous learning for the workforce. Functional Area Leads were designated for the consolidated functional areas: Program Management, Contracting, Life Cycle Logistics, Engineering and Technical Management, Test and Evaluation, and Business - Financial Management and Cost Estimating. The Functional Area Leads, through their joint task force teams, have completed the first phase of BtB framework updates. The DoD Defense Acquisition Workforce Leadership Team has reviewed the framework updates and Ms. Stacy Cummings, Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, approved the updates by her February 4, 2021 memo.

For more information, click here to read the memo issued by Ms. Cummings.

News

NEW (09/07/2021) The DoD Back-to-Basics (BtB) initiative improves the certification and training framework to further empower the defense acquisition workforce for success. The targeted implementation date of October 1, 2021 was revised to February 1, 2022. This change provides additional time to complete management actions and to fully implement BtB improvements for the defense acquisition workforce. (DAU/HCI).


(02/17/2021) DAU Hosts Virtual Acquisition Update Conference - Updates on Back-to-Basics Functional Area Framework Changes for 2022


(2/8/2021) Ms. Stacy Cummings, Performing the Duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, issues memo approving initial phase functional area framework updates and planned next steps. READ MORE


(11/16/2020) Article: "DAU Reform - The Intersection with Back-to-Basics" by Honorable Alan Shaffer, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, and DAU President Mr. James Woolsey.


(10/02/2020) Article: "Why Change? What are the Changes and Impacts? What's Next?" Back-to-Basics article by the senior Defense Acquisition Workforce Leadership Team.


(09/02/2020) Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment announces Back-to-Basics for the Defense Acquisition Workforce


Videos

Empowering the workforce! New flexibilities! Adaptive Acquisition Framework. Honorable Ellen M. Lord, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, spoke with reporters at the Pentagon on Oct. 7, 2020. Click here to watch the video.



Introducing Back-to-Basics! Video (2 mins)