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Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

June 19, 2019

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Basic Cross Functional Training Course is Now Available!!

FAI is pleased to announce that FAC 072, FOUNDATIONAL OVERVIEW OF THE ACQUISITION TEAM is now available. This is the first of four interactive cross functional courses that will be made available this year.  FAI would like to thank all of the agencies that participated in the IPT to develop these courses, including OFPP, GSA, DHS, VA, DOI, Treasury, and DAU, as well as the FAI staff and contractor team that supported this great initiative.

This course provides an overview of the acquisition team and the program lifecycle, explains the roles and responsibilities of the primary members of the acquisition team and also discusses the impact of decisions made by the various acquisition team members.  The course is one continuous learning point and the series meets the OMB requirement for cross functional training requirements identified in the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act.  Review the course description on FAITAS or register for the course on the DAU Virtual Campus.

Come One, Come All to the BIC Fair!

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and National Institutes of Health IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) are proud to present the Inaugural Best-in-Class (BIC) Fair on July 11, 2019 from 10 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. ET at the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Navy Yard Atrium in Washington, DC. The BIC Fair provides an opportunity for attendees to learn more about these important solutions and how they can help agencies meet mission needs. Attendees will be able to meet with dozens of BIC contract solutions exhibitors and learn the advantages of using a BIC solution plus earn 2 CLPs.  Register in FAITAS today. 


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Learn All About Acquisition Open Opportunities!

Have you heard about Acquisition Open Opportunities, but you’re not sure what it’s all about? If you want to learn how this tool can help your career as an acquisition professional, please join us today, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 1-2 p.m. ET! There will be a short demo of the Open Opportunities site as well as a Q&A session. For audio and video join Zoom. For more information about Acquisition Open Opps, please contact the AOO Community Manager.

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FAI is Looking for Operational COs to Review Two New Tools for the Contracting Workforce

The Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) is looking for seasoned Operational Contracting Officers to review and provide feedback on two new tools that are planned to be released for use by 1102 Contracting Professionals in FY 19.  If you are a seasoned operational Contracting Officer and would like to participate, please apply through this Acquisition Open Opportunity.  If you have questions, contact


Sign Up Today for Next OASIS DPA Training

Want to use the OASIS and OASIS Small Business (SB) contracts?  Register today for the next Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) training on June 26, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET - 12:00 p.m. ET. OASIS and OASIS SB provide flexible and innovative solutions for complex professional services.

Sign up for Gateway 101 Today!

Do you want to become an expert on the Acquisition Gateway’s tools and services?  Do you want to learn how They can improve your acquisitions?  Register for Acquisition Gateway 101 on June 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET to 2:00 p.m. ET.



Department of the Interior's Field Communications IDIQ is Open for Business

The Department of Interior is happy to announce the availability of the Field Communications FieldCom multiple-award IDIQ contract! FieldCom consists of 25 contract holders and three functional categories products, services, & Design/Build. Visit the website or email for more information.


Professional Services Spotlight Webinar: CSAWs

The government wide Professional Services Category (PSC) will be shining a “spotlight” on Civilian Services Acquisition Workshops (CSAWs) on June 20, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET.  The Services Acquisition Workshop (SAW) provides integrated project teams (IPTs) tasked with acquiring contracted services the knowledge, training, tools and critical thinking required for success.  DoD components have benefited from these workshops, as have a number of civilian agencies, so much that the demand for SAWs across government is growing.  This session will provide the latest update on the research that has gone into CSAWs and the next steps for implementing this valuable service.  Register now.

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