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FCW : June 15, 2014
The Federal Acquisition Certi cation in Contracting has not been updated since 2008, but that s about to change --- and the revised FAC-C will include special- ized training for IT procurement. A memo from the Office of Fed- eral Procurement Policy outlined the new certi cation, and OFPP Associ- ate Administrator Joanie Newhart and Tony Grayson, acquisition pro- gram executive at the Federal Acquisition Institute, detailed the curriculum and the think- ing behind it during a May 13 presentation at FOSE. "Nobody s happier than I am that this certi cation has been issued," Newhart said. The old FAC-C is general and lacks a speci c course on Federal Acquisition Regulation fundamentals --- whereas the Defense Department s Defense Acquisition University has long offered such training, along with a wide range of advanced coursework. The revised FAC-C takes effect Oct. 1, and aligns more closely with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act curriculum. And it includes a four-week class that Grayson described as "deep FAR immersion." OFPP, FAI launch new acquisition training and certi cation of the Transportation Department's $1.7 billion IT budget request would fund existing efforts 99% Trending "We felt like DOD was getting better training than the civilian folks, and we wanted to address that. Contracting is contracting is contracting," Newhart said, adding that "the closer we are together, the more mobile our work- forces are.... We want to make sure that everyone has the training and the skills to buy what s best for the government." In addition to expanding the cur- riculum, the new FAC-C tar- gets a broader pool of federal workers. All contracting of - cers and all other contracting professionals in the 1102 cat- egorization must now be cer- ti ed. Previously, FAC-C was mandatory only for contracting of cers whose warrants had been issued after 2006. That means several thousand civil- ian agency workers will soon need to enroll in FAC-C courses, but Grayson and Newhart stressed that agencies will be given leeway in crafting their own transition strategies. Contracting per- sonnel will have a full year to get certi- ed, and previous FAC-C certi cations will be grandfathered in, though Gray- son noted that new prerequisites for going to the next level must be ful lled. Of cials believe acquisition person- nel will want the new and improved courses, which include topic-speci c electives and an online component pro- duced by the Harvard Business School that is already used by DAU, Grayson said, adding that it s especially impor- tant "to make Level III [certi cation] more appealing." Once nalized, the full curriculum will be posted at FAI.gov. Newhart acknowledged that train- ing is not a panacea but said the new curriculum stresses areas where con- tracting professionals have asked for more guidance. "Cost and price analysis seems to be a little bit of a lost art," she said, "so we re bee ng up that part of the training." The IT specialization --- FAC-C IT --- will be the rst to launch, but similar drilldowns on small business and con- struction are being considered. And at Level III, there will be added emphasis on industry engagement. "We re hoping people who are already certified at Level III will come back for some of these elec- tives because they re just that good," Newhart said. --- Troy K. Schneider FCW CALENDAR GeoInt At this U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation workshop, current and former intelligence community executives will explore the new IC Information Technology Enterprise environment. http://is.gd/FCW_GEO Internet of Things This Silicon Valley conference, though largely focused on the private sector, drills into the latest use cases, technologies and policy questions shaping the increasingly networked world. Palo Alto, Calif. http://is.gd/FCW_IOT 6/23 6/17-18 June 15, 2014 FCW.COM 3 NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN Nominations for the 2014 Rising Star awards are now being accepted. Learn more at fcw.com/2014risingstars. Joanie Newhart
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