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Annual Report

FAI's FY 2017 Annual Report 

FAI is pleased to share the FY 2017 Annual Report highlighting the progress made towards strengthening acquisition workforce excellence. 


Ask 18F for Fed Tech Advice

“Ask 18F” is an advice column that answers federal employee technical questions. 18F experts will help dispel myths and ease fears about building or buying technology in government. They will give you helpful resources, questions to ask your team, and a good starting point to tackle your problem. So ask your questions on technical topics from security to user research best practices to cloud migration.

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New Online Tool for Performance-Based Acquisition Now Live

Last fall, the government-wide Professional Services category launched a beta version of Steps to Performance-Based Acquisition (SPBA), a new digital application that presents the performance-based acquisition process in easy steps, complete with samples and examples, templates and other resources to make PBA more collaborative, performance-oriented, and team-focused. This new tool is worth exploring! 


Spotlight Webinars Shine Light on Sound Acquisition Practices

The governmentwide Professional Services Category (PSC) will be shining a “spotlight” on several hot topics in the coming months through a series of interactive webinars. The webinars are designed to share sound acquisition practices, from requirements development and market research to service delivery and contract close-out, and improve acquisition through inter-agency collaboration. Webinars are recorded and posted on the Acquisition Gateway.  Click here for topics, dates and registration.


Human-Centered Design: What is it and How Can It Help the Acquisition Professional?

Human-centered design is the process of breaking down complex problems to understand their root causes, and how those root causes impact the people we serve. As an acquisition professional, we are continually faced with complex problems. If you are interested in acquiring new skills in building design thinking, problem solving, and innovation in the Government, then you should check out The LAB at OPM, which has a wide variety of human-centered design training courses. Sign up here.

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Department of Treasury Goes on a “Procurement Policy Diet”

The Department of Treasury recently wanted to take measurable actions that would improve bureau acquisition policies and agency contracting actions - so they went on a diet! In looking for fun ways to motivate employees and also to take a critical look at procurement policies and impacts, they created a Policy Diet Contest, a.k.a., the “Biggest Loser” contest - click here to learn more.