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Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

August 7, 2019


Program and Project Management Toolkit is now available on FAI.Gov

The Program and Project Management Toolkit is a knowledge base, developed and maintained via a partnership between FAI and the "Federal Program and Project Management Community of Practice FedPM CoP". The P/PM toolkit is intended to provide acquisition workforce members with a comprehensive set of links to policies, resources, training, playbooks and communities of practice all in one place, in an easy to use format; each section provides a link to return to the top of the page. 

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Wants You!

OFPP invites you to check out their Project InReach Hub on the Acquisition Gateway. The InReach Hub will announce opportunities to participate in OFPP policy development and engagement activities. Follow the Project InReach Hub and you will be the first to learn about new OFPP policies, initiatives, and workforce engagement opportunities. Are you new to the Acquisition Gateway? Sign-up up for an account here.



FPM 120A Is Now Available

FPM 120A, Program Management Basics has been updated and is now available. This self-paced online course is a FAC-P/PM Level I requirement for the FPM 12X series alternative training. If you are interested in taking FPM 120A, please visit FAITAS for additional course information or log into the DAU Virtual Campus to Register.


Join GSA's Professional Services Category virtual Office Hours on August 8

Join GSA's Professional Services Category virtual Office Hours on August 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This Month's Topic is Supplier Relationship Management: What Industry Is Telling Us. The free monthly Office Hours webinars are designed to answer your questions about professional-services acquisitions and to help you find the right solution for complex requirements. Each Office Hours webinar is an open-forum session connecting federal Contracting Officers and other federal contracting professionals with GSA experts. Plus you’ll earn 1 CLP! Register today.


Message from the AOO Community Managers

Acquisition Open Opportunities (AOO) is a platform where acquisition professionals can share their knowledge and expertise and gain hands-on learning opportunities while in their current job. AOO Community Managers Kelly Lael (Contracting Officer, NIH) and Chendra Conklin (Contracting Officer, FirstNet/DOC) offer their perspective of the platform. To learn more, view this interview article on this dynamic duo!


SBA 2019 First Wednesday Virtual Learning Series “The All Small Mentor Protégé Program"

The Small Business Administration (SBA) welcomes your participation in the "1st Wednesday Virtual Learning Series” The All Small Mentor Protégé Program (ASMPP)” on August 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. E.T. 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: 0742158## Step 2: Join the conference by Click Here. For technical assistance, call the AT&T Help Desk at 1-888-796-6118 or 1-847-562-7015. Please note this will be the final session for FY19 and the FY20 schedule will commence on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Two New BICs are Recertified

GSA is pleased to announce that two Best-in-Class (BIC) solutions have recently successfully completed their annual reviews! Recently assessed solutions and their respective categories include: 
Human Capital Category - USA Learning
Information Technology Category - FSSI Wireless



GSA Adds 24 Contractors to HCaTS Small Business Pool 1

GSA has “on-ramped” or added 24 new vendors to the Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS) Small Business (SB) Pool 1 contract. The Best-in-Class HCaTS contracts are government-wide contract that provide reliable, flexible, fast and efficient ways to obtain complex, customized human capital and training services to all federal agencies. The award notification and awardee’s list have been on FedBizOpps under Solicitation Number 47QREB-19-R-0001. The on-ramp was conducted to increase participation and to expand competition within the Pool. As a result of this on-ramp, HCaTS SB Pool 1 contracts now has 35 contractors. The services available under HCaTS SB Pool 1 include customized training and development services, human capital strategy services, and organizational performance improvement. The HCaTS family of contracts have proven to be a significant step forward in supporting our customers, and improving acquisition efficiency and effectiveness in the federal government. For more information about GSA’s HCaTS contracts visit

new tech

New Technology for Contact/Call Centers

GSA/FAS/Information Technology Category launched the new Automated Contact Center Solutions (ACCS) Special Item Number (SIN) 132-20 in October of 2018 and it is now available for use! This new SIN is available through IT Schedule 70 and supports the overall vision of providing the public with ready access to government information and services, along with helping agencies to ensure timely, consistent, and accurate responses to citizen inquiries. For additional information please navigate to the Acquisition Gateway.


FAITAS LMS Enrollment is Closed September 26-30, 2019

If you are planning to enroll in online training through the FAITAS Learning Management System (LMS), don't delay! Enrollment in online training through the FAITAS LMS will be unavailable September 26-30, 2019, for the transition from FY19 to FY20. System users will again be able to register for FAITAS LMS courses on October 1, 2019.  Please note the FAITAS LMS will continue to be available during this period for you to work on the course(s) in which you are enrolled. If you are dropped or failed online training during this period, you will need to wait until October 1, 2019 at 7:00 a.m ET to re-enroll. 

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