News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

March 20, 2019

FAITAS new course

New Course Available In FAITAS

 A new online course entitled Verifying Offeror or Quoter Registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) is available now in FAITAS (FAC 067). Contracting Professionals will develop an understanding of the process for verifying an offeror or quoter's registration status in SAM and also recognize the security measures put in place by to ensure that vendor data is valid and safeguarded. Taking this new micro-learning course will earn Contracting Professionals .25 CLPs which will be automatically recorded in FAITAS.   

open opport

New Acquisition Open Opportunities Community Managers!

We are pleased to announce that Chendra Conklin (Contracting Officer, FirstNet/DOC) and Kelly Lael (Contracting Officer, NIH) will serve as the new Community Managers for Acquisition Open Opportunities (AOO)!  In this role, Chendra and Kelly will help build, grow, and manage the Open Opportunities Acquisition community. Acquisition Open Opportunities is a platform where acquisition professionals can share their knowledge and expertise and gain hands-on learning opportunities while in their current job. The platform advertises “Opportunities” throughout the government to help individuals improve their skill set, share their knowledge, and gain innovative acquisition strategies and techniques. If you would like more information, please contact Chendra and Kelly at 


Do You Use

The Integrated Award Environment (IAE) is inviting WDOL users to test the new Wage Determinations functions in now before is decommissioned in June. All of the things you do in today will be done on in the near future. Please go to today and provide feedback through the feedback tool on the site.


How To Use Furniture Schedules

When you use GSA’s furniture Schedules, determining the appropriate Special Item Number (SIN) for your requirement can be challenging. Join GSA on April 11, 2019 from 2:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m ET for a webinar to learn about furniture Schedules, including how to use them for successful procurements. 


Procurement Innovation Lab Boot Camp - Sign Up Now!

The Procurement Innovation Lab PIL Boot Camp is an intensive, one-day course focused on the tools, techniques and mindset needed to innovate the procurement process! Courses offered on  May 10, May 13, and May 14, 2019. Sign up today in FAITAS - Course FCL-A-9052. Earn 8 CLPS.


Professional Services Spotlight: GSA SmartPay Program

Don't miss the next government-wide Professional Services Category Spotlight webinar about the GSA SmartPay program. The webinar is scheduled for March 21, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. ET.  Spotlight webinars are designed to share best practices and recent expertise in presentations that encourage audience participation. Plus earn 1 CLP.  Register today


The wait is over…. the Acquisition Compass is here!!!

Recognizing that communication is critical to a high performing workforce, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) launched a new campaign called Project InReach that’s all about you – the acquisition workforce! The campaign features the Acquisition Compass, a new resource on the Acquisition Gateway to help quickly find OFPP policies and resources. Are you new to the Acquisition Gateway?  Sign-up and sign-in here. After signing in, you can access the Acquisition Compass using this direct link.  

Register for Gateway 101 today!

Gateway 101 is happening on March 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Attend and learn how you can use the Acquisition Gateway and its tools in your procurements.  Attendees will earn one CLP!  Register today. 


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