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Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

September 18, 2019

new FAC-C

NEW FAC-C Training Requirements

Beginning October 1, 2019, NEW Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting (FAC-C) training requirements take place.  Adopting these new training requirements continues our alignment with Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU) Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Contracting certification program. Visit FAI website for details.


Get your FAC-C-DS! Registration is now open for a 5-month Program at No Charge to the Agency!

FAI is offering 30 seats at no charge for an upcoming five-month Digital IT Acquisition Professional Training Program (DITAP). The DITAP will include all instruction necessary for participants to achieve the FAC-C Digital Services Core-Plus Certification (FAC-C-DS). Over the five-month period (November 2019 through March 2020), instruction will be balanced between multi-day classroom sessions, interactive webinars, and remote activities. The selection criteria will include: minimum FAC-C Level II certification, immediate job needs, course provider online submission (will be emailed to applicants after FAITAS registration), and FAI's desire to have a cross section of agencies represented in the cohort. FAI will make the final selection determination for program seats. For more information on the program, and to apply, please visit FAITAS.


Hurricane Dorian National Interest Item added to FPDS

A new National Interest Action (NIA) value 'Hurricane Dorian 2019' has been added to FPDS to track relief contracts. FPDS Web Portal users shall use the value 'Hurricane Dorian 2019' in the NIA field. Contract Writing system users shall use the code 'H19D' when creating/updating documents through Business Services. NIA value 'Hurricane Dorian 2019' will be valid from 09/06/2019 to 11/17/2019. If you have any FPDS system questions or problems, please contact the Federal Service Desk (FSD).


Class is Back in Session! Sign up for Gateway 101 Today and Earn 1 CLP

Do you want to become an expert on the Acquisition Gateway’s tools and digital services? Do you want to learn how they can improve your acquisitions?  Register today for Acquisition Gateway 101 on September 19, 2019 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.  Please note this is for federal employees only.


New Acquisition Research Available

As part of FAI’s MOU with George Washington University’s (GWU) Government Procurement Law and Master of Science in Government Contracts (MSGC) programs, we are pleased to share an acquisition research paper by Mr. Robert York-Westbrook. Mr. York-Westbrook’s paper is entitled “The Underemployment Impact of the HUBZone Employee Definition Rule.” To view this paper, please visit


Navigate and Select PSCs Quickly and Accurately with this Tool

The Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) Office maintains a Product Service Code (PSC) Selection Tool that is designed to help Contracting Professionals navigate and select PSCs quickly and accurately. This tool allows users to search for the right PSC by keyword search, code search, or using the Federal Government's category management (CM) spend categories. Use of the PSC Tool will assist the procurement and financial management communities in properly representing the good or service being purchased, and thereby improve contract and spend data quality.


FAITAS LMS Enrollment Will Be 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. 

CM Training - Earn CLPs by Year-End

As there is a high demand for year-end Category Management (CM) training, GSA will conduct an extra Category Management 101 class on September 24, 2019 at 3:00 p.m ET. LEARN MORE


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