News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

February 6, 2019

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We Welcome You!!

We welcome back the Acquisition Workforce professionals who were impacted by the lapse of appropriations! Your dedication and unwavering pride in executing your agency's mission is greatly appreciated - Welcome Back!


FAITAS CL Administrative and LMS Training Access Periods Extended by 60 days!

The following FAITAS deadlines have been extended by sixty (60) days from January 28, 2019 to mitigate issues that may have been caused due to the partial lapse in appropriations: 1) The administrative grace period associated with the Continuous Learning (CL) period for all certifications; and 2) FAITAS Course access periods to allow more time to complete necessary training before the course expires.  These deadline extensions will allow furloughed employees and reviewers additional time to take action on certifications expiring within the coming weeks: If you are a FAITAS user, and were unable to complete training during the partial lapse in appropriations period, please contact your agency's ACM for guidance and further direction.  

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New Program Management Resources Now Available

Just In! New Program Management documents now available on the OMB MAX FedPM CoP resource library. The Program Management Institute has made available to all Federal Managers various documents that support the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) for your reading pleasure. Join the FedPM CoP and check out all of the resources and register for the latest news and specific working groups issues at the FedPM CoP homepage.


GSA Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories



Do you know the difference between a Statement of Work (SOW), a Performance Work Statement (PWS) and a Statement of Objectives (SOO)? How do you decide which to use, and when? Join GSA experts on February 14 from 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m ET to learn about the pros and cons of each, along with some examples and lessons learned from using each option. The monthly Office Hours are free on-line classes designed to answer your questions about professional-services acquisitions and to help you find the right solution for complex requirements. Plus you’ll earn 1 CLP!  Register now.

Acq Compass

Coming soon... the Acquisition Compass

Soon the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) will launch a new campaign called Project Inreach that’s all about you- the acquisition workforce!  The campaign features the Acquisition Compass, a new tool on the Acquisition Gateway to help quickly find OFPP policies and resources as well as opportunities to engage with each other.


How to Manage Your Furniture Projects

GSA will kick-off a furniture training series on Feb. 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m ET with a one-hour furniture webinar entitled How to Manage Your Furniture Projects.  During this webinar, GSA furniture experts will teach you how to conduct a successful furniture procurement and develop a furniture statement of work; incorporating a design that promotes strong competition among furniture suppliers. You will also learn tips for developing your RFQ, conducting source selection, and more.  Attendees will earn 1 CLP.  Register Now.


How You Can Request a Change to Product Service Codes

The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Integrated Award Environment (IAE) has improved the process for updating Product Service Codes (PSCs). PSCs are used to describe the types of products, services, and research and development purchased by the federal government. Users must submit their requests to change the PSCs using the web form Product Service Codes Change Request available on the IAE Federal Service Desk (FSD) website at Visit FAI website for more information.

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