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Free Training Available from Treasury Acquisition Institute (TAI)

Complimentary seats are available through TAI for the following two classes: 1) FCN 196: A practical guide to the FAR (3 days, 24 CLPs) Dates: 11/27-29/17 ; and 2) CON 170: Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis (2 weeks, 80 CLPs) Dates: 11/2717-12/08/17. Classes will be held at 77 K Street, NE, 2 blocks from the Union Station Red Line Metro Station. Classes go from 8:30 AM -4:30 PM. Registration is through FAITAS: FCN 196; CON 170. See TAI Course Catalog for more course info, directions, parking, weather delays, etc.


Dynamic Steps to Performance Based Acquisition Application Now Online

The governmentwide Professional Services category has officially 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. The Professional Services Category will host a webinar featuring a demonstration of the Steps to Performance-Based Acquisition (SPBA) on Nov 30. Click here to register for the webinar.   

Acquisition Gateway

Acquisition Innovation Hub

The government is modernizing the Federal acquisition system! This movement is creating pathways for the workforce to test and adopt new and improved ways of acquiring goods and services.  In response to an Office of Management and Budget policy memorandum, agencies designated Acquisition Innovation Advocates (AIAs) to promote information sharing within their agencies, engage in cross-agency collaboration, and conduct exchanges with industry partners.  The Acquisition Innovation Hub is where you can find the results of these efforts.  


Check out DoD's tool for navigating the FAR Matrix

To help workforce members easily navigate the FAR Provision and Clause Matrix (FAR 52.3), DAU created a tool that expands on the information contained in the FAR matrix. This DoD tool contains actual prescriptions for the use of all 1,300+ provisions and clauses contained in the FAR, DFARS, and DoD Class Deviations. This is an easy reference tool that can help contracting professionals quickly determine the applicability of a given provision or clause.


Earn a Continuous Learning Point!

The FY18 Acquisition Workforce Competency Survey (AWCS) is open until this Friday November 17th. Please check your email and use the personalized survey link you received to take the survey. Your response is critical to advancing the federal acquisition workforce. All participants that complete the AWCS will automatically be awarded one Continuous Learning Point (CLP) if they are maintaining a certification within FAITAS.  

For information on the AWCS please check out the FAQs 

Shaking Hands

FAI and Catholic University of America (CUA) Announce Partnership

FAI and CUA are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide Program and Project Managers (P/PM) the opportunity to participate in CUA’s graduate-level “Certificate in Project Management”.