HCI Hosts Public-Private Talent Exchange Midpoint Session

(August 16, 2022) On August 15, under the leadership of DAU President James Woolsey and HCI Director Scott Bauer, the DAU office of Human Capital Initiatives hosted the 2022 DOD Acquisition Public-Private Talent Exchange Midpoint session. With PPTE participants being at the half-way mark in their exchange assignments, this session provided a platform for them to share key feedback on their experience with leaders and discuss how they can leverage what they are learning when they return to their place of employment following the exchange. For the first time, DAU personnel joined in the discussion to hear the PPTE participants' experiences, and ask questions to increase their awareness of the program and how they can implement best practices from industry into their curriculum. Guest speaker Dr. Michael Sloane, Dean, Defense Systems Management College, has his finger on the pulse of the Warfighter and shared his insight in his talk titled “Value of the Warfighter’s Perspective."

The PPTE program affords DOD and industry mid-career professionals an opportunity to gain exposure and experience in operations, business culture, and challenges and the opportunity to share innovative best practices. PPTE builds stronger communication and trust between the DOD and the private sector. If your organization is interested in participating in the 2023 cohort, please contact HCI at for more information on how to get involved.

TEDxDAU 2022: Reimagining Readiness

(May 6, 2022) Registration is open for the 2022 TEDxDAU. Taking place June 8, the theme "Reimagining Readiness" broadens the possibilities, engages participants to join together in the reimagining effort and denotes the continuing process of reimagining to form a new mental picture of acquisition readiness. Learn More

Call for Nominations for the 2022 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards

(May 4, 2022) Dr. William A. LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, has issued a Call for Nominations for the Department of Defense's (DoD) 2022 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards. Taking place December 15, 2022, this ceremony will recognize the Defense Acquisition Workforce for their accomplishments in support of the National Defense Strategy. Candidate nominations are due no later than July 22, 2022. Please visit the awards webpage to learn more and to read the Call for Nominations.

Public-Private Talent Exchange Orientation

(May 3, 2022) Last month, the Human Capital Initiatives office of the Defense Acquisition University hosted an orientation for the DoD Public-Private Talent Exchange to welcome the new cohort to the program. This event was led by Mr. Paul Cramer, Performing the Duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, with additional attendance by Mr. James Woolsey, President, Defense Acquisition University; and Ms. Dani Irvine Kobylski, OSD General Council, who presented the Ethics Briefing. Additionally, Mr. Alan Moore, a PPTE alumnus from 2020 from the F-35 Program, shared his coaching insights on how to get the most from the exchange experience.

This is the fifth PPTE cohort, bringing the overall total to 60 participants from government and industry. The new PPTE cohort includes 15 government participants from the Army, DoN, and F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO), and one industry participant from Amazon continuing his previous assignment at the F-35 JPO. The industry partners participating include Amazon, SAP, National Defense Industrial Association, Accenture, SAP NS2, Dcode, GA-ASI, and Sterling Foods.

Public-Private Talent Exchange Capstone Event

(April 25, 2022) This month, the outgoing DoD Public-Private Talent Exchange (PPTE) cohort met with Mr. Paul Cramer, Performing the Duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, to share key takeaways from their exchange assignments. Mr. James Woolsey, President, Defense Acquisition University; Mr. David Cadman, acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Enablers; and Mr. Garry Shafovaloff, Director, HCI, were also in attendance. The capstone event provided an opportunity to honor the PPTE participants, and for them to share the value they gained and the perspective they will bring back to their home organization. A big thank you to F-35 Joint Program Office and Amazon Web Services for participating in the PPTE program. Click here to learn more about the PPTE.

Video: Getting Back-to-Basics

(April 22, 2022) About 30 years ago, Motorola introduced the first mobile phone. Around the same time, the Department of Defense (DoD) introduced new standards for training, education, and experience to professionalize the workforce through the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA). Through Back-to-Basics, DoD is modernizing its implementation of DAWIA to a 21st Century talent management framework. Learn more by watching the "Getting Back-to-Basics" video.

DAU Back-to-Basics Website Resources & Tools – Certification Eligibility Tool

(April 12, 2022) The Defense Acquisition University website has Back-to-Basics resources and tools that are valuable to the acquisition community. If you're not familiar with the Certification Eligibility Tool, now's a good time to check it out. Visit the website and answer the prompts to see how your DAWIA certifications may transition into the new framework.

Update - 2022 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards Call for Nominations

(April 11, 2022) The 2022 Call for Nominations guidance has not been released yet. Once it is disseminated (should this be signed or approved so that we don't "disseminated" appear twice in the same sentence?), it will be widely disseminated. In the meantime, we anticipate the award categories will remain the same as last year and that the due date will be July 22, 2022. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact HCI at

DOD Acquisition Officers Will Learn to Better Acquire and Transition Commercial Technologies

(March 30, 2022) Defense Acquisition University and Defense Innovation Unit have joined forces to develop and implement the Immersive Commercial Acquisition Program. Click here to learn more.

March 2022 4th Estate DACM Newsletter

(March 29, 2022) The March 2022 issue of the 4th Estate DACM Newsletter is now available! In it, you'll find a strategic update from Mr. Andrew Hunter, performing the duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment; an introduction to the new Deputy 4th Estate DACM Ms. Eileen Granfield; as well as highlights from the recent DAU Acquisition Update event. Click here to read the newsletter.

DAU Back-to-Basics Web Site Resources & Tools – FY22 DAWIA Certification Update Checklist for Employees

(March 11, 2022) Have you checked out the Defense Acquisition University's Back-to-Basics website? Today, we’re featuring the DAU FY22 DAWIA Certification Update Checklist for Employees. Review the checklist and familiarize yourself with updates to the DAWIA certification requirements through the online resources provided. Make sure to speak with your supervisor and follow your component guidance. To access the checklist, click here.

DAU Back-to-Basics Web Site Resources & Tools - Supervisor Certification Changes Checklist

(March 8, 2022) Launched on February 1, 2022, Back-to-Basics (BtB) modernizes the defense acquisition workforce talent management framework to empower the workforce for success now and for the future. The Defense Acquisition University Back-to-Basics website has excellent enterprise-level information and tools. This week's featured tool - the FY22 DAWIA Certification Update Checklist for Supervisors. The checklist helps supervisors as they help their employees understand the new certification changes. Click here for more information.

Special Issue: March-April 2022 Defense Acquisition Magazine Focuses on Changes to DAWIA Certification

(February 1, 2022) The March-April 2022 issue of the Defense Acquisition magazine brings readers in-depth coverage of the updates to DAWIA certification training requirements that go into effect today. Read contributions from Mr. Gregory Kausner, Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S) and other leaders across the Defense acquisition enterprise on the new framework and the benefits to the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Click here to read the issue.

Back-to-Basics (BtB) has Launched!

(February 1, 2022) BtB modernizes the defense acquisition workforce talent management framework to empower the workforce for success now and for the future. Please do read the 26 January 2022 article "Securing the Future Through Back-to-Basics," by Mr. Gregory Kausner, a career member of the Senior Executive Service who is currently performing the duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S). More information on BtB is available at

Public-Private Talent Exchange (PPTE) 2022 Cohort to Launch in Mid-April

(January 11, 2022) The next cohort of the PPTE will launch in mid-April 2022. Interested industry and government organizations and employees should review the PPTE webpage to explore how to get involved in this year’s program. For questions, contact

Interviews are Underway for the 2022 Defense College Acquisition Internship Program

(January 11, 2022) The 2022 Defense College Acquisition Internship Program (DCAIP) components are actively interviewing and making selections from the 1,206 applications submitted for the 2022 DCAIP. The components participating this year are Navy, Army, MDA, DLA, A&S, DHA, and DCSA. Visit the DCAIP webpage to learn more about the program.

Deputy Defense Secretary Lauds Achievements of DOD's Acquisition Workforce

(January 10, 2022) Last month, published an article that highlighted the Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards virtual ceremony. In the article, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks applauded the awards recipients saying "our winners this year are the best of the best among our nation's public service professionals," further adding that the work of the department's acquisition professionals is vital to supporting our nation's military. Mr. Gregory M. Kausner, Performing the Duties of Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, said the awardees exemplify the dedicated professionals and the work they do to develop, acquire and sustain the capabilities that increase the readiness and lethality of America's fighting forces. Read the article in its entirety on

AcqDemo Authority Extended

(January 5, 2022) On December 27, 2021, President Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 into law. The NDAA extends AcqDemo through December 31, 2026. For the past 22 years AcqDemo has received numerous temporary extensions so this latest extension follows suit.

By extending the AcqDemo authority allows continuation of one of the highest-rated civilian personnel systems in DoD. The authority extension has been a high priority for DoD senior acquisition leaders. Continuation ensures use of a top-rated contribution-based personnel system tailored for and providing a variety of personnel flexibilities for civilian professionals executing DoD's acquisition mission.

Flexibilities include:
- Simplified grade structure with 3 career paths and 4 broadbands vs. the GS 15 Grades/10 Steps allows easy movement through the band without competition;
- Direct Hire Authorities that expedite the hiring process;
- Pay Setting flexibilities allow recruitment of top talent; and
- Employee compensation is tied to contribution to the mission and value of the position versus longevity.

Expansion of AcqDemo has been a consistent strategic acquisition workforce objective. The extension through 2026 provides confidence to those acquisition organization considering converting to AcqDemo.