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Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

October 2, 2019

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FAI Instructor-Led Training for FY2020

FAI has added an incredible array of FAC-C, FAC-COR, FAC-P/PM, and continuous learning instructor-led training for FY2020 via online and in the classroom. This link lists all class offerings for which there are seats available. Along with the courses necessary for certification, course offerings now include new subjects from FAI such as Cybersecurity for Contracting Professionals, Intermediate Agile Techniques for Contracting Professionals, Information Technology Acquisition, Advanced COR, COR Refresher, and Agile Project Management for the Federal Environment. 

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New Mandatory Class Added to FAC-C Level I

Effective October 1, 2019, OFPP has added a new mandatory course, FCL-CM-2500 Category Management 101, for FAC-C Level I. This course is currently being offered through a one hour instructor-led webinar and is available for sign up in FAITAS. While this course is mandatory for FAC-C Level I, it is also strongly encouraged for all other acquisition workforce members. A new OFPP policy memo will not be issued for this change; all changes to the FAC-C training requirements will continue to be maintained on


Introducing the New Contracting Professional’s Career Roadmap Tool

FAI has released a new tool for new Contracting Professionals, the Contracting Professional’s Career Roadmap. This tool will provide newer 1102s with a guide to getting started in the career field. It provides a framework for the career, including gaining a basic understanding of the acquisition process, the competencies and mandatory training required, guidelines for selecting and working with a mentor, guidelines for goal setting and best practices for documenting experiences on the job. New Contracting Professionals should work through the steps and the “to-do lists” early in their professional career with the guidance of their supervisor and/or mentor. 


Another Tool for the 1102 Toolbox! The Experience Development Tool

FAI has released the 1102 Experience Development Tool which will assist Contracting Professionals with identifying and documenting experience in the most common 1102 job tasks, creation of contractual documents, acquisition strategies and contract types in an effort to gain a depth and breadth of experience in the career field. Download this new tool and start tracking experience today!


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 October 9, 18, 21, 22, and November 8, 14 and 15, 2019. Sign up today in FAITAS- Course FCL-A-9052. Earn 8 CLPs.

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to Attend FAST 2020 Conference!

Registration is now open for the Federal Acquisition Service Training (FAST) Conference occurring April 14 - 16, 2020 in Atlanta, GA! Participate in live acquisition focused training with the potential to earn up to 20 continuous learning points (CLPs) for free! Visit GSA FAST to register today.



Office Supplies 4 (OS4) Designated Best in Class

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), with the support of the Government-wide Category Management Program Management Office, is pleased to announce the designation of Office Supplies 4 (OS4) as “Best in Class” (BIC)! LEARN MORE


We've Got Your Innovation Right Here

The Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) Primer provides an introduction to the Procurement Innovation Lab at the Department of Homeland Security, how it's working to change the procurement culture in the agency. The eight techniques shared in the video are ways to improve the outcomes of your procurements, with the ultimate goal of helping to change the procurement culture in your agency. This is a condensed version of what is taught in the full-day PIL Boot Camp intensive workshop. Earn continuous learning points for watching this video by enrolling in FCL-A-0038, Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) Primer, in FAITAS.

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