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FAI Offers Free Acquisition Training 

FAI has great training opportunities available for the Federal acquisition workforce.  The list of classes for which FAI has open seats is updated and located here.  As always, FAI's training is free of charge. There is no tuition cost to students or their agencies. 

Acquisition Gateway

Acquisition Gateway – Do You Have an Account?

Have you heard about the Acquisition Gateway, but you don’t have an account? First, sign up for an account with OMB MAX, and then log into the Gateway using your PIV or CAAC card. Take a look at the Gateway to see all of the tools and resources available to help improve your acquisitions! Spend 3 minutes viewing the Welcome Video on the Gateway homepage to get a general understanding of what the Gateway is and how you can benefit from its use. If you aren’t using the Gateway, you are missing out!

Open Opportunities

Learn All About Open Opportunities

Open Opportunities is a tool for agencies to share best practices, expertise, and knowledge. In the near future, we will be announcing the launch of an acquisition focused segment within the Open Opps platform. Whether you are already familiar Open Opps or new to the concept, we welcome you to participate in an Open Opportunities online office hour session on Thursday, April 26th at 2 PM ET! There will be a short demo and Q&A session. Sign up is not required.

Click here to SEE the online office hour. Call in to HEAR the online office hour: 1-719-325-2013 Participant Code: 948536. Come and learn how Open Opps can enhance your agency!

Conflict of Interest

Spotlight Webinar: Managing Organizational Conflict of Interest 101

Don't miss this Organizational Conflict of Interest 101 webinar,which is designed to take the confusion and fear out of organizational conflicts of interest (OCI). During this session: learn the basic principles regarding OCI; discover best practices; explore the details about the contracting officer’s two primary duties; identify and resolve conflicts; understand the gap between case law with and the tenets it created. April 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Register Now.

Free Training

More Free Training from Treasury Acquisition Institute (TAI)

T​AI is offering tuition-free seats in selected acquisition training sessions to be held at 77 K Street, NE, in Washington, DC.  4/16/18: FQN 425 Simplified Acquisition Procedures (5 Days);  4/17/18: FCL-TREAS-0001 Source Selection Debriefing Procedures Workshop (1 Day); 4/17/18: FQN 434 Managing Performance Based Service Awards (3 Days); 4/17/18: FQN 457 Managing Multiple Priorities in Acquisition (2 Days); 4/24/18: FPM 331 Progressive Concepts in Program Management (3 Days); 4/24/18:FCN 193 Annual FAR Update (1 Day); 4/25/18: FCN 140 Business Writing for Contracting Officers (1 Day); and 4/30/18-5/11/2018: CON 360 (Select 101) Contracting for Decision Makers (10 Days).  If you are interested, please register in FAITAS.  If you have questions, contact

PM Training Courses

Are you a Program Manager Working Large Scale and/or High Value Programs?

Join other advanced program managers in a newly designed senior-level course series at the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy in Frederick, MD. FPM 560: Senior-Level FAC-P/PM Introduction Webinar (2 CLPs) Non-VA $0 4/19, 6/4, 6/7, 6/19 or 6/25.  FPM 561: Senior-Level FAC P/PM Pre-Course (10 CLPs) Non-VA $560 4/23, 6/11 or 7/2.  FPM 562: Senior-Level FAC-P/PM (80 CLPs) Non-VA $4,800 5/7 and 7/16.  


Accepting Nominations for NCMA's “Advancing Professionals Award”

This award recognizes the rising stars in the contract management profession under the age of 40. These professionals, who are the future of contract management, come from the ranks of academia, government, and industry. Winners are known as up-and-coming performers and future leaders in the contract management profession and in NCMA. For more information on nominating a rising star, visit here. Nominations due by June 1st.