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Back to School the new and improved FAC-C is part of a broader initiative to recruit, train, develop and retain talented members of the acquisition workforce at civilian agencies. The effort extends beyond FAC-C to include updated cer- tifications for program manag- ers and contracting officer’s representatives. FAI is also establishing core- plus certifications in certain areas, with the first being IT spe- cialization for program manager certification, Newhart added. “The FAC-C refresh, which is broader than just IT-specific procurement training, strength- ens the development and profes- sionalization of civilian agency contracting professionals while better aligning the FAC-C to the DOD contracting certification,” she said. “For example, we now require Level I and Level II courses on cost and price analysis, and Level II courses on supply and service contract- ing. Overall, we require roughly 25 percent more hours of train- ing than in the original FAC-C.” The extended training and development reflect the increasing complexities that the federal acquisi- tion workforce faces in using taxpay- ers’ money effectively in support of agency missions, she added. The new program will dovetail with another OFPP effort — this one in part- nership with the U.S. Digital Service — to create a Digital Service Contract- ing Professional Training and Develop- ment Program through a multi-phased challenge. Traci Walker, lead contracting offi- cer at USDS, said the challenge offers participants as much as $360,000 in prize money for ideas that will help USDS and OFPP better understand what the landscape will look like for IT acquisition professionals in the next several years. In July, USDS announced three finalists that will move into Phase II of the program — GovLoop, Team ICF and ASI Government, and Manage- ment Concepts. Each finalist receives $20,000 to design their proposed pro- gram in more detail. The goal is to develop methods that USDS can use to teach federal contracting personnel to understand digital services, measure contract success based on industry standards and encourage commercial best practices in the federal procure- ment process. At the end of Phase II, one winner will move into Phase III and “will pilot [its] approach with federal acquisition professionals” with the goal of creat- ing a training and development pro- gram that can be implemented govern- mentwide in 2016, Walker told FCW. In addition, elements of the challenge might be incorporated into the core- plus certification program, she said. Newhart also said the results of the challenge will figure prominently in how FAC-C addresses digital servic- es. “We will be developing a core-plus specialization in digital for the FAC-C” after the challenge is completed, she said. “The program designs submitted during the challenge and the design of the completed pilot will help inform our specialized certifica- tion for digital.” In addition, FAI plans to develop a core-plus specializa- tion in other areas where spe- cialized certifications might be helpful. “The drive to spe- cialize is a part of our broader effort to train and develop our acquisition workforce more innovatively given what we’ve been hearing regarding how our workforce prefers to learn,” Newhart said. Officials are open to other innovations for training and developing acquisition person- nel. “We’re looking at cross- functional training involving the entire acquisition team, rotational assignments across functions (for example, a con- tracting officer on a detail to an IT program office), building career pathways for contracting professionals and developing more training offerings in agile methodol- ogy,” Newhart said. Larry Allen, president of Allen Feder- al Business Partners, said the upgrades and new outreach efforts have been needed for some time. “Improving the federal acquisition workforce’s skill sets and engaging acquisition [work- ers] as agency partners” is a valuable shift from “basement-level buying [to] a 360-degree view of what an agency is doing,” he said. The biggest problem for any pro- gram that seeks to keep up with IT, however, is the rapidly evolving nature of the technology itself. FAI and USDS have realized that “training isn’t static,” Allen said. “Let’s not set it and forget it,” he added. n 24 August 30, 2015 FCW.COM Facts About the Federal Acquisition Institute • Established in 1976 under the Office of Fed- eral Procurement Policy Act. • Charged with fostering and promoting the development of the federal acquisition workforce. • Facilitates and promotes career development and strategic management of the acquisition workforce. • Coordinates with organizations such as the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, the Chief Acquisition Officers Council and the Interagen- cy Acquisition Career Management Committee to develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of the current and future acquisition workforce. Learn more at FAI.gov. 0830fcw_014-026.indd 24 8/12/15 9:27 AM
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