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Acquisition Today

April 25, 2018

Back to Basics

Get Back to Basics with FAI’s Newest Learning Series!

FAI is proud to announce the release of the Back to Basics training series, which consists of six micro learning courses FAC 081, FAC 082, FAC 083, FAC 084, FAC 085 and FAC 086. With the help of FAIth and FAIgan, you will delve into the basics of various topics such as market research, debriefing and more! Check out this new series in FAITAS.

FAI Free Training

Free Acquisition Training From the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI)

FAI has great training opportunities available for the Federal acquisition workforce especially for Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs).  The list of classes for which FAI has open seats is updated here.   FAI's training is free of charge, there is no tuition cost to students or their agencies.


PMBOK Guide now available to Federal Program Managers on OMB MAX

Federal Program Managers can now access the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 6th edition which provides a set of standard terminology and guidelines for project management and also covers general management regarding planning, organizing, staffing, executing and controlling the operations of an organization. Other management disciplines which overlap with the PMBOK Guide include financial forecasting, organizational behavior, management science, budgeting and other planning methods. Just log in to OMB MAX FedPM CoP Resource Library.


Free Training From Treasury Acquisition Institute

TAI is offering complimentary tuition-free seats for classroom-based acquisition training at 77 K Street, NE, in Washington, DC. ​May 1-4: Applications in Project and Program Management FPM 231-102; May 2-3: Contract Closeout FCN 421-102; May 8-10: Advanced Source Selection FQN 446-101; May 9-10: Bid Proposal Evaluation Process FQN 436-102; May 14-15: Contract Negotiations: The Art and Science of the Deal FCN 439-101; May 14-18: FAC-COR Level II Training FCR 201-103; May 15: Buy American Act and the Trade Agreements Act FCN 804-102; May 16-18: Contracting with Small Business Concerns FCN 442-102; May 22-24: Progressive Business, Cost, and Financial Management FPM 333-101. Registration is through FAITAS.

Going up

Cost and Pricing Data Threshold Going Up

Did you hear that the cost and pricing data threshold is increasing from $750,000 to $2M? You won’t see these changes in the FAR just yet, but FAR Case 2018-005 has been opened and the proposed rule is in draft.

Open Opportunity

CASting a Net for Board Support!

An exciting opportunity for the right person! The Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board started meeting again and will do so on a quarterly basis. We are looking for someone experienced and/or knowledgeable in CAS to support the GSA representative to the CAS Board. For specific information on this opportunity, visit Acquisition Open Opportunities. If you don't have an Open Opps account, sign up for one today!


Webinar: Save money with GSA’s Managed Print Services

 Learn how Managed Print Services (MPS) can reduce your agency’s cost through: optimizing device utilization; improving printing habits and policies; network, device and end-user security; reducing the environmental impact of paper output and energy consumption; and ease configuration control, life cycle maintenance and supply management. This training is free and open to government employees only on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT. To register you must have a .mil or .gov email address.  For questions, please email