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Jeff Birch

New FAI Director Announced!

We are excited to announce that Jeff Birch has been selected as the Director for the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI). He joined FAI as the Deputy Director and most recently has been serving as FAI's Acting Director. In his acting role, Jeff has provided steadfast leadership, achieved the respect of senior leaders across the civilian agency and DoD communities, and evolved his excellent relationship with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). Jeff is a former Contracting Officer who served with the U.S. Navy, lead PMRs and training development efforts across Southeast Asia. Jeff held several positions at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) where prior to joining FAI he served as the Director, Acquisition Career Manager (DACM) for the defense agencies. Over and over, he has demonstrated his commitment and understands the importance in taking care of acquisition workforce professionals. Congratulations Jeff!


FAI wins Federal Government Distance Learning Association 5-Star Award

FAI recently won the Federal Government Distance Learning Association's Five-Star Award for our suite of distance and micro-learning courses which utilize leading edge distance learning technologies. FAI’s micro-learning suite includes the Price Analysis Acquisition Challenge mobile application (downloadable through the App store), the Knowledge Nuggets and the Back to Basics video series.

Lean Acquisition

Are you using Lean Acquisition?

During the “Lean Acquisition Management” Knowledge Nugget, you will learn that not all commonly used acquisition processes are required or rooted in law or regulation. In fact, oftentimes these "undocumented processes" may negatively affect acquisition processing times, contract costs, and the acquisition life cycle.

Gateway U

Save the Date! Gateway University - Winter Session

The Winter Session of Acquisition Gateway University will be held from January 22 - Feb 2, 2018. This two-week online education series will provide daily, one-hour sessions focused on a variety of acquisition topics. Hear from Contracting Officers across government on how they are using the Acquisition Gateway acquisition lifecycle. You can also obtain updates on Category Management, Best in Class and more! Participants can earn one Continuous Learning Point (CLP) for each class attended. Once available, a registration link will be posted on the Acquisition Gateway.


Check out the FAITAS User Guides

Did you know that there are many user guides, manuals and training for using FAITAS? Topics include: Account Management, Training, Certificates, Continuous Learning, Warrants and Reports. Check them out!


New Category Podcasts Available

Want to learn more about what’s happening in the world of Industrial Products & Services (IPS)? IPS Category Manager George Prochaska has recorded several Category Chats (podcasts) on category management, IPS category-specific topics, and using government-wide contract vehicles. LEARN MORE