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THE WAY AHEAD
We've established four subgroups, each
with a goal to further define, research,
and analyze the team's initiatives :
Validate acquisition qualifications---All
ser vice components should validate
position designation and certification
or qualification requirements, expand
acquisition participation in the Defense
Civilian Emerging Leader Program,
and review noncompliance conse-
quences and policy or statute changes
for removal from the acquisition corps.
Provide incentives---Meaningful incen-
tives for key leaders should be tied
to their programs' success. Presti-
gious follow-on assignments are one
incentive for successful leaders; so are
mentorship assignments at the Ser-
vice Acquisition Executive and AT&L
senior-leader levels. Encouraging and
promoting memberships in civil-
ian professional organizations is also
important. Bottom line: Acquisition
personnel must believe their work is
valued. Attrition is related to the value
placed on a person's work.
Deploy a strategic communications
plan---The intent is to tell acquisition
success stories through available media,
develop a communication strategy that
highlights successful acquisition out-
comes, and ensure that senior service
members recognize that acquisition
professionals are important assets in
attaining mission success.
Enhance the DoD acquisition corps---
Deploy special key-leader training
sessions hosted by USD(AT&L) along
with other functional and leader train-
ing; raise the acquisition corps' status
by developing an annual induction cer-
emony; and create a defense acquisition
professional organization simila r to the
Association of the United States Army
or the Defense Acquisition University
Our team's efforts to create the aura of
prestige, status, and fraternity/sorority,
like all the other USD(AT&L) WMG
projects, are a work in progress. Team
meetings are being held every two weeks
throughout the summer, with the final
report due to the USD(AT&L) by the end
of the fiscal year.
The ultimate goal is to enhance our
acquisition workforce with relevant and
realistic incentives, increased capabilities,
and recognition as important partners in
providing the very best systems for our
Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen.
We want to further the DAW vision of
"creating a high-quality, high-performing,
agile Defense Acquisition Workforce to
achieve technological superiority and
protect America's national security." If
you have comments or suggestion on this
program, please send them to usarmy.
Institute a system to measure the productivity and performance of the
acquisition system on a program basis.
Institute a system to measure the productivity and performance of
Elevate the status, prestige, and professional standards of acquisition
personnel, focusing on key leaders.
Increase the cost-consciousness and cost-related performance of the total
DoD AT&L workforce (personnel and training).
Institute a process for defining the affordability of Major Defense Acquisition
Programs to include sustainment.
Establish an internal ability to evaluate the impact of acquisition decisions
on the industrial base.
Strengthen proactive service contracting management at the major functional
level (e.g., maintenance or information technology).
Achieve small-business goals.
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,
Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) Objectives/Projects
(SOURCE: U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center.)
PROJECT #3 TEAMS
What: Focus on Competency
How: Certification to Qualification -- Require
Demonstration of Qualifications (Engaging
in FY12 Acquisition Qualification
What: Follow Competency with Accountability
How: FY12 Fitreps and Civilian Appraisal
Objectives include "strategic priority"
What: Set "Right" Standards and Selection
How: Deploy selection boards, enforce standards
for key leader positions, and measure/
promote to them
What: Create the Aura of Prestige, Status, and
How: Special awards, AcqDemo, designated
billets, special seminars/meetings, articles,
"Hall of Excellence"
CAREER CORNER/USAASC PERSPECTIVE
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