DoD Hosts Early Career Workshop to Serve as Change Initiative Platform for the Acquisition Workforce

The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, the Honorable Ellen M. Lord, hosted the inaugural Early Career Workshop, June 4-6, 2019. The goal of the workshop is to gain an operational perspective of what is working well, what can be improved, and engage this critical subset of our overall acquisition workforce. The workshop will serve as a change initiative platform for the early career workforce (5-10 years in service), launching a continuous engagement strategy that purposely involves them in shaping their role in the future of acquisition.

Last week's 19 workshop participants represent the over 38,000 members of the early career acquisition workforce. The participants were "by name" selected by their Service Acquisition Executives and 4th Estate leadership to participate in the workshop. We have heard repeatedly from this critical subset of the acquisition workforce that they want to be heard and they want to play a role in shaping the future of Defense acquisition. Last week's workshop and outbrief to the senior leadership afforded them that opportunity. Topics discussed included talent mobility, attracting and retaining talent through work-life balance initiatives, and accountability.

This is only a first step, however, we plan to deliberately engage this sector of the workforce (one of four strategic priorities) through additional workshops and other means. Last week's participants will continue as a cohort and an extension of the USD(A&S) Human Capital Initiatives office to lead change initiatives and to assess broad acquisition reforms.

For additional information, contact the HCI team at

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