News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

October 24, 2018

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Contracting Professional Smart Guide Updated

The Contracting Professionals Smart Guide (CPSG) is a resource and job aid for Contracting Professionals that is organized around 51 Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) driven activities. Each activity in the guide lists the tasks involved in performing it, includes flow charts that visually demonstrate the tasks, and provides links to relevant training courses and tools where additional material, resources, and information can be found. FAI is interested in ways to improve the CPSG to make it more useful. Check it out and let us know what you think by providing feedback.

Free Classroom Training in Washington, DC, is Here!!

FAI has a fabulous array of free FAC-C, FAC-COR, and FAC-P/PM training available now to the Federal workforce. There is no tuition cost charged to students or their agencies for this training. Review the schedule and enroll in these classes through FAITAS as soon as you can. Seats will fill quickly.

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Need FAC-P/PM Senior Level Training?

The VA Acquisition Academy’s Program Management School is excited to announce the availability of the FAC-P/PM Senior-Level three-course series. These courses meet the FAC-P/PM Senior-Level training requirements.  Each session includes up to four (4) open seats at no-charge for federal agencies in order to promote the exchange of ideas, procedures and processes.  VAAA Senior-Level FAC-P/PM courses: 1) FPM 370 – FAC-P/PM Senior-Level Introduction; 2) FPM 371 – FAC-P/PM Senior-Level Pre-Course Event; 3) FPM 372 – FAC-P/PM Senior-Level Resident Course.  Applicants are required to register via FAITAS. Contact James Maginnis, (240) 215-0708 or for questions.


Electronic Records Transition Making Good Progress

A new report from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) shows federal agencies are making great progress in transitioning to electronic records - supporting the President Management Agenda’s category management and shared services goals! LEARN MORE

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Spotlight Webinars Shine Light on Sound Acquisition Practices

The Professional Services Category will be shining a “spotlight” on several hot topics through a series of interactive webinars.  November’s webinars will share sound acquisition practices and support the government-wide category management initiatives to make smarter and more efficient buying decisions.  All webinars are open to the federal acquisition workforce and most offer Continuous Learning Points (CLP).  LEARN MORE



Subcontracting Reports Due October 30th

Reminder for contracting officers! In accordance with FAR clause 52.219-9 Small Business Subcontracting Plan, contractors must file subcontracting reports in the (electronic Subcontracting Reporting System eSRS) no later than October 30, 2018 for the twelve month period ending September 30, 2018.

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