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Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

October 16, 2019


Fall 2019-2020 LEAP Class Open

The Leadership Excellence for Acquisition Professionals program (LEAP) helps employees become well-rounded leaders throughout an eight-month program. The applicants must be high-performing acquisition professionals who have reached the GS-12 to GS-14 level and have at least three years of experience working in their field, and must be FAC-C Level II or equivalent, although some agencies may raise the minimum qualifications.  Applications must be submitted no later than October 25, 2019.  

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. 



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. 

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Professional Services Office Hours October 21

Register today for the next GSA Professional Services Office Hours. The free webinar is October 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This month's topic is Order Level Materials. Join our expert Steve Sizemore to learn more about the benefits of OLM's. GSA's Professional Services Category monthly Office Hours are free on-line classes designed to address federal customer agency questions about professional services acquisition. Plus you’ll earn 1 CLP! Register today.

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FY20 HCaTS DPA Trainings Set

Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) training to use the Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS) contracts has been set for FY 20. The next three training webinars are October 17, November 14, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET.  HCaTS DPA training registration is available in the FAITAS Course Catalog under course ID FCL-GSA-0081. Upon completion of the training, 1 Continuous Learning Point will be credited through FAITAS. If you are unable to register through FAITAS, please visit


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!


Register Today for Acquisition Gateway University Fall Session!

Register for Gateway University Fall acquisition training! Learn about the Acquisition Gateway’s tools and earn CLPs for your certifications. The training is scheduled on October 28, 2019 to November 8, 2019 from 1 – 2 p.m. ET.  


Ability One and Federal Prison Industries Granted Tier 2 Designation!

Great news - both the AbilityOne and Federal Prison Industries (FPI) /UNICOR programs have received Tier 2 designation. Both AbilityOne and FPI have a strong history in providing quality services to agencies which has led to create new jobs for these individuals -- and now, agencies can receive Tier 2 Spend Under Management (SUM) credit while supporting these proven programs. In addition to getting Tier 2 credit, using AbilityOne and FPI helps agencies fulfill their obligations to leverage these programs and meet their socioeconomic requirements as well... LEARN MORE

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