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Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

January 15, 2020

Omni awards

FAI Earns the Bronze!!

FAI was honored by the Omni Awards Fall 2019 contest with a Bronze Award for its production of the Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) Primer. The PIL Primer was the only Government submission that was honored with an award. Featuring presenters from the Department of Homeland Security's Procurement Innovation Lab, it provides an overview of methods used by DHS to change the agency’s procurement culture. Developed for the federal civilian acquisition workforce, this introductory video series outlines eight proven techniques to improve procurement outcomes and fuel cultural change in federal agencies. The condensed format summarizes key concepts from the all-day, intensive, PIL Boot Camp workshop. The video series is supplemented with a workbook, which includes exercises for learners to practice the techniques for successful procurement culture change. The Omni Awards exist to recognize outstanding achievements in film/video, website, and mobile apps.


Newly Released Past Performance Training

Are you are interested in learning more about past performance? If so, check out FAC 079 Past Performance. This newly released class replaces FAC 060 Acquisition Challenge; Past Performance, which has been retired. Please visit FAITAS to sign up for this on-line training course and earn 1.5 CLPs.


TAG You're It! Dept of Labor Issues Construction Industry Technical Assistance Guide

In November 2019, U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released a comprehensive Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) for the construction industry, designed to assist federal construction contractors in meeting their Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) requirements and responsibilities. The guide also contains helpful tips and best practices to prevent violations from occurring. This is important to contracting officers because FAR Subpart 22.8 - Equal Employment Opportunity requires contracting officers to insert provisions for EEO in solicitations for construction contracts under specific conditions. 


FPM 120B Is Now Available

FPM 120B, Project Management and the Project Lifecycle 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 120B, please visit FAITAS for additional course information or visit the DAU Virtual Campus.


Register Now for FAST 2020- Free for Government Employees

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.


OFPP Past Performance Survey!

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) seeks acquisition professionals, contracting officer representatives, and program managers of all levels to help them “Modernize the Collection of Contractor Performance Information.” By completing a short survey you will provide OFPP with critical information on how the federal government can improve policies, strategies, tools and learning aids for better contractor performance results.  Earn 2 CLPs by taking the survey which will be open until January 20, 2020.


Document Your Contracting Experience!

The FAC-C Program has requirements for education, training, and experience for civilian contracting professionals. The education and training requirements are clear, but the experience piece is not as straightforward. OFPP’s FAC-C Refresh memo, issued in 2014, encouraged agencies to ensure that the contracting workforce not only spends the right amount of time on the job, but to ensure that a significant amount of breadth and depth of experience was obtained to strengthen their skills and capabilities. The Federal Acquisition Institute’s (FAI’s) 1102 Experience Development Tool provides a new way for 1102s to document their experiences on the job as they grow and move throughout their career. Download the tool today and start documenting your on-the-job experiences! 

We need You

Earn CLPs by Helping FAI Review Learning Assets in Development

FAI currently has two requirements listed on Acquisition Open Opportunities that require the expertise of seasoned acquisition professionals. The first opportunity is for 1102 Contracting Professionals to review, answer and provide feedback on a Contracting Quiz that includes approximately 120 FAR-based questions. The second opportunity is for certified FAC-P/PM professionals to review, answer and provide feedback on a Program/Project Management Quiz that includes approximately 300 questions. If you are interested in supporting either of these efforts (and earning CLPs), just follow the links to apply!  If you are new to Acquisition Open Opportunities and want more information on how to get started, please contact the

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