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OUSD (A&S) Memo on Middle Tier Acquisition Authority (A&S) Memo on Middle Tier Acquisition Authority2018-04-30T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass97C6D901563144E5B15B97F119B66287"><p>This briefing summarizes content from the 16 April 2018 OUSD (A&S) memo on Middle Tier Acquisition authority. The memo:</p> <ul> <li>Outlines authority granted to DoD in FY2016 NDAA, Section 804, to rapidly prototype/field capabilities distinct from traditional acquisition system</li> <li>Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA) designated programs will not be subject to the Joint Capabilities Integration Development System (JCIDS) or DoD 5000.01 except as provided in implementing guidance</li> <li>Provides interim authority (until Sep 2019 but may be extended) to DoD Components; encourages them to immediately further Section 804 by developing and fielding procedures</li> <li>USD (A&S) will commence collaborative policy development not later than Jan 2019. Policy & guidance will be finalized prior to expiration of interim authority</li> </ul> <h1> </h1> <p><strong><a href="/training/career-development/program-management/Documents/OUSD16Apr18Memo-MiddleTierAcq.pdf"><img alt="" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" />OUSD16Apr18Memo-MiddleTierAcq.pdf</a></strong></p></div>string;#/training/career-development/program-management/blog/OUSD-(AandS)-Memo-on-Middle-Tier-Acquisition-Authority
New Services Acquisition Management Tools Course Deployed Services Acquisition Management Tools Course Deployed2017-11-21T12:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass4F4E68306ADE422EA11C152B0E5FBF6D">On November 20, 2017, DAU deploys ACQ255, a new 18-hour DL course. ACQ255 is a recommended course for the functional services manager (FSM) as found in the <a href="/cop/ace/DAU%20Sponsored%20Documents/DoD%20Handbook%20for%20the%20Training%20and%20Dev%20of%20the%20SA%20Workforce.pdf" target="_blank" title="DoD Handbook for Training and Development of the SA Workforce">DoD Handbook for the Training and Development of the Services Acquisition Workforce</a>. To sign up for ACQ255, visit the training site on or see the ACQ255 <a href="" target="_blank" title="ACQ255 Concept Card">Concept Card</a>. <br> The course is based on the Seven-Step Services Acquisition (SA) process, DoD Instruction 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services, and Chapter 10 of the Defense Acquisition Guidebook, Acquisition of Services. The emphasis is on tools available to support the multi-functional team performing a services acquisition as they progress through the three phases and seven steps of the SA Process. This course provides an awareness of management tools and best practices to plan, develop and execute an acquisition, thus providing our warfighters with the most effective and efficient services they need to accomplish their mission. This course also provides as an opportunity for experienced acquisition personnel to improve their understanding of the Service Acquisition process, approval levels and reporting requirements.<br></div>string;#/training/career-development/program-management/blog/New-Services-Acquisition-Management-Tools-Course-Deployed
Notional Program Management Career Map Program Management Career Map2017-08-16T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassC9BDBCCA6EF14FCA978C10F6BB645EB9"><p>This OSD-developed Program Management Career Map is notional and for general knowledge and planning purposes only. Due to the unique nature of the career field, and the various entry points and sources of its members, many variations regarding training and experience are likely to ensure those filling positions in program management are prepared and most qualified.<br> <br> Attachment: <a href="/training/career-development/program-management/Lists/Blog/Attachments/32/OSD_Program%20Management%20Career%20Model_v6a.pptx?Web=1">PM Notional Career Map</a></p></div>string;#/training/career-development/program-management/blog/Notional-Program-Management-Career-Map
FY17 NDAA & Program Management Improvement Accountability Act (PMIAA) Impacts to DoD Program Management Training NDAA & Program Management Improvement Accountability Act (PMIAA) Impacts to DoD Program Management Training2017-07-17T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass4F67019EDD224B08896C894263BA69AE">I’ve had a few questions lately regarding the impact of the FY 2017 NDAA (<a href=""></a>) Program Management Improvement requirement as well as the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act (PMIAA) (<a href=""></a>), passed in December 2016, on DoD Acquisition Workforce Training so I’ll take this opportunity to clarify the specifics.<br> <br> First, it should be noted that the wording of the two references is identical in nearly every relevant section so I will reference the NDAA for simplicity.<br> <br> <strong>The FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Section 861, Subsection 1126, Program Management Improvement Officers and Program Management Policy Council, establishes a requirement to designate a Program Management Improvement Officer as follows: </strong><br> <br> <strong>(a) PROGRAM MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENT OFFICERS.—</strong><br> (1) DESIGNATION.—The head of each agency described in section 901(b) shall designate a senior executive of the agency as the Program Management Improvement Officer of the agency.<br> (2) FUNCTIONS.—The Program Management Improvement Officer of an agency designated under paragraph (1) shall—<br> (A) implement program management policies established by the agency under section 503(c); and<br> (B) develop a strategy for enhancing the role of program managers within the agency that includes the following:<br> (i) Enhanced training and educational opportunities for program managers that shall include—<br> (I) training in the relevant competencies encompassed with program and project manager within the private sector for program managers; and<br> (II) training that emphasizes cost containment for large projects and programs.<br> (ii) Mentoring of current and future program managers by experienced senior executives and program managers within the agency.<br> (iii) Improved career paths and career opportunities for program managers.<br> (iv) A plan to encourage the recruitment and retention of highly qualified individuals to serve as program managers.<br> (v) Improved means of collecting and disseminating best practices and lessons learned to enhance program management across the agency.<br> (vi) Common templates and tools to support improved data gathering and analysis for program management and oversight purposes.<br> <br> However, the following paragraph states:<br> <br> <strong>(3) APPLICATION TO DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.</strong>—<strong>This subsection shall <u>not</u> apply to the Department of Defense to the extent that the provisions of this subsection are substantially similar to or duplicative of the provisions of chapter 87 of title 10.</strong> For purposes of paragraph (1), the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (or a designee of the Under Secretary) shall be considered the Program Management Improvement Officer.<br> <br> Congress and the Project Management Institute (sponsor of the PMIAA), recognize that the standard of Program Management training required in the DoD surpasses that of other federal agencies and, as such, DoD is exempt from this FY17 NDAA and PMIAA requirement, except for the need to designate a PM Improvement Officer which, in DoD, will be the position of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) (or a designee of the Under Secretary).<br> <br> <span style="color:#000080;">The bottom line is that there are <u>no changes</u> to the current Defense Acquisition Workforce PM training requirements or curricula as a result of this legislation. Additionally, the Defense Acquisition University has experienced increased interest in our PM training portfolio and learning assets by other agencies and outside training companies alike. I would also note that DAU curricula is certified by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).</span><br> <br> <em>Photo courtesy Architect of the Capitol</em></div>string;#/training/career-development/program-management/blog/FY17-NDAA-and-Program-Management-Improvement-Accountability-Act-(PMIAA)-Impacts-to-DoD-Program-Management-Training-