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The Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) for Services Community serves as a platform to connect Services Acquisition (SA) practitioners from across the non-Defense Acquisition Worforce (DAW) as well as those in the DAW, offering them a chance to talk, share, and acquire knowledge about key SA topics.

There are many ways to interact with this community of practice. Click on CONTRIBUTE to share something with the community. This could be a document, a website, or a tool. When you contribute, your content will be available to authenticated users as part of a workforce-contributed library.

Click on Browse by Subject to view a breakdown of the most important parts of SA with a further breakdown into multiple subject areas and topics. Click on Browse by Category to find specific types of resources, from announcements to case studies to reports. Have a question? Click on CONTRIBUTE or visit the SHARE AN IDEA/ASK A QUESTION page to reach out to other SA professionals for information.

Use the Service Acquisition Mall (SAM) to find tools such as the Acquisition Requirements Roadmap Tool (ARRT) Suite, templates and helpful videos on such topics as ARRT or the 7-step Services Acquisition Process.  SAM is organized into wings which correspond to the nine services portfolio groups as depected below.

Service Acquisition Mall

The Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) for Services was established as required by the Service Acquisition Reform Act (SARA), Section 1431(b). The goals are to facilitate knowledge sharing across the acquisition community and to serve as the central clearinghouse for service acquisition policy and guidance information, training opportunities and best practices to support both the public and private sectors.

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Acquisition Center of Excellence for Services

Purpose

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) is required, by the Service Acquisition Reform Act (SARA), Section 1431(b), to establish an Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) for Service Contracting. The purpose is to provide a central clearinghouse of service contracting best practices for both the public and private sectors.

Mission Statement

Provide a premier source for services information to both the public and private sector acquisition community to promote knowledge sharing and excellence in making smart business decisions.

Vision

To establish an online resource center for services best practices that will evolve in to a knowledge management repository for best practices. The center will include areas for best practices, e-tools, policy and guidance, as well as a training center. The center will expand to include the ability to provide virtual experts to assist the acquisition community in planning, soliciting, evaluating, awarding, and managing service contracts. This center will also complement and enhance the Services Course under development by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) partnership-led interagency development team.

Benefit/Value of the Site

Offers a collaborative structure that has proven to be extremely effective in the creation and transfer of knowledge within organizations and provides value to organizations in the following ways:

  • Provides a one-stop resource information center for new employees and senior / more experienced practitioners;
  • Facilitates the building of service knowledge;
  • Facilitates the rapid identification of individuals with specific knowledge or skills;
  • Fosters a collaborative knowledge sharing across organizational boundaries ("boundary spanning"); and
  • Promotes and facilitates the capture and re-use of existing knowledge assets within the acquisition community.

Target Audience

The Private and Public Sector Acquisition Community and the DoD non-Defense Acquisition Workforce (DAW).  DAW including Program / Project Managers, Product Support Managers, technical representatives, compliance / quality control managers, etc.

Is there a way to go directly to this space without navigating down through the DAU site?  Use <https://shortcut.dau.mil/CoP/ace>

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