News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

September 19, 2018

Last Chance

Last Chance for FPM 120A or 120B Courses

DAU Is changing Learning Management Systems as of September 24; and FPM 120A & 120B course registrations will be in a black out period for several weeks until testing is complete. If you are a PM and looking to take P/PM entry level courses, now is the time to do so before the transition. Current FPM students will continue to have access to the courses during the blackout period as long as they are signed up before the September 24 deadline. For more information on the new system, FAQs, etc., check out the updated info at Register for FPM 120A and FPM 120B courses now.


FAI and GWU Form a Partnership

FAI is pleased to announce that is has established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with George Washington University’s (GWU) Government Procurement Law and Master of Science in Government Contracts (MSGC) programs. The MOU will facilitate collaboration on the development and promotion of acquisition research on a variety of topics. GWU will provide vetted acquisition research papers developed by law and graduate students, and FAI will share that research with the federal acquisition workforce. This partnership will contribute to an increase in learning and development as well as promote innovation to increase efficiencies in current acquisition processes and practices. Stay tuned for more information!


Deadline approaching: Apply for LEAP by Oct. 10

Time is running out to apply for the Partnership’s Leadership Excellence for Acquisition Professionals program. Submit your application by Oct. 10 for your chance to develop the leadership skills you’ll need to spearhead cost-saving, performance-improving, innovation-driving efforts for your agency. This is a must-have experience for leaders in federal acquisition. Apply now.

Office hours

GSA's Professional Services and Human Capital Office Hours

Need training, talent development solutions, employee performance management or anything else to ensure your workforce is skilled and trained? Learn more about GSA's range of acquisition solutions that can accommodate any simple or complex requirement through the entire human-capital life cycle. Join The Professional Services and Human Capital Categories for their new Office Hours on October 11, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET.  Register today.

New information

New Field in FPDS for Hurricane Florence

In order to track acquisition costs associated with Hurricane Florence, a new National Interest Actions (NIA) field has been added in the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS). Effective 9/13/18 through 12/15/18, this new NIA Code will be used strictly for reporting purposes related to Hurricane Florence. For complete information, read the full memo.

Best in class

Army National Guard Applies Smarter, Faster Buying Principles to Award Task Order

When the Guam Army National Guard (GUARNG) needed to quickly procure cost-effective marketing support services, they found that an existing, government-wide Best-in-Class-designated solution would deliver the support they needed -- and in less than 60 days!  Read the full article here

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