News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

Acquisition Today

May 9, 2018

Training Courses

Updated Courses Available in FAITAS!

Several FAI courses have recently been updated and are now available for registration in FAITAS. FAC-031 (Small Business Programs); FAC-019 (FAPIIS); FAC 059 (HUBZone); FAC 063 (Buy American Statute); and FAC 064 (Certificate of Competency). Check them out!

Reduce Duplication

OFPP targets 13 percent reduction of duplicative contracts by 2020 

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) has been trying to solve contract duplication for almost a decade. Now OFPP is using category management and its subcategory best-in-class contracts (BIC) to shrink the number of technology, professional services, transportation and logistics and seven other categories where the number of multiple award contracts (MACs) has grown and grown for decades. Click here for more information.

Help Wanted

Do you have experience or knowledge in Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)? 

GSA is looking for someone to support their representative on the CAS Board. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and support the acquisition community. If you are interested, please go to Acquisition Open Opportunities and check out this unique opportunity!

Leadership Training

Senior Acquisition Leadership Training Program to Launch! 

Hey 1102s! Are you ready to take your FAC-C Level III career to the next level? Do you aspire to join the ranks of senior contracting leaders? Commit to your professional development today with the SALT Program. Application packages must be submitted by 4:00 PM ET on Thursday June 28, 2018 via email

Category Management-CM

Category Management(CM) - Training Schedule Online

Want to learn more about how to contribute toward your agency’s spend under management goals?  Need a stronger understanding of category management?  Check out the CM Foundations, Best-in-Class and Government-wide CM Dashboards online learning opportunities that are available from May 2018 through September 2018 via FAITAS.  Click Here for more information.

Office Hours

Professional Services Category Office Hours: All About BPAs

Join GSA for this webinar to learn about Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and earn one Continuous Learning Point (CLP)!  Per FAR 8.405-3, ordering activities can establish BPAs under any GSA Schedule contract.  BPAs simplify the filling of recurring needs for supplies and services while leveraging ordering activities’ buying power.  Office Hours: Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA's) - When to Use, How Long, What’s Available. Thursday, May 10, 2018 11:00:00 AM ET - 12:15:00 PM ET.  Click here to register.