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Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

October 31, 2018

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FY2019 "First Wednesday" SBA Learning Series

Join SBA for the “First Wednesday Virtual Learning Series 2019 on Program 2- Size and Affiliation. Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Time: 2:00 p.m. ET- 3:00 p.m. ET. No Pre-Registration required. You may join the conference 10 minutes prior.  Step 1: Dial into the conference.  Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 Access Code: 0976083##.  Step 2: Join the conference on your computer with this entry Link.  Call the AT&T Help Desk at 1-888-796-6118 or 1-847-562-7015 if you require technical assistance.

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Direct Hire Appointing Authority for GS-1102's

OPM authorizes new Government-wide direct hire appointing authorities for GS-1102 grades 11 to 15 in an October 11, 2018 memo. This supports the Administration’s effort to recruit and retain mission critical occupations and streamline the hiring of qualified individuals where there are severe shortages of acquisition candidates and /or critical hiring needs.


Fabulous and Free!

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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Registration is LIVE for Gateway U (Oct 29 - Nov 9)!

Acquisition Gateway University is a two-week program of daily webinars designed to help you get the most from the tools and resources on the Gateway. Topics for this session cover acquisition planning, market research, live demos of the IGCE tool, and much more! Gateway U is open exclusively to federal agency personnel. Earn 1 CLP for each fully attended class. Register today!

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Best-in-Class OASIS Helps Dept. of Defense Buy Smarter

When the Department of Defense’s Counter Threat Messaging Support Program (CTMSP) and the Iraqi Air Force recently partnered to promote regional stability and counter violent extremist ideologies, they wanted to build a quality multi-media campaign with global reach. Protecting national security was critical, but the DoD’s CTMSP wanted to award a contract that also supported the federal government’s goals to buy smarter and more efficiently.  LEARN MORE


Spotlight Webinar: Could the New Micro Thresholds have Revolutionary Effects?

One of the first changes during the procurement reform era of the 1990s was the introduction of a “micro-purchase” authority in the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1995. Since that time, the micro-purchase limit has been raised to $10k, making it practical, for the first time, to use micro-purchases to buy services, and not just products. This has the potential to be revolutionary for the procurement system. Learn more during the Professional Services Category's Spotlight webinar on November 1. Register today.

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