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Appendix B: Increasing Efficiencies in the Training, Development, and Management of the Acquisition Workforce – OFPP Memorandum Progress Update

March 2014

Milestone 1:      Collect individual acquisition workforce user profiles by January 1, 2014.

1a. Did your agency achieve the January 1, 2014 milestone for each of the populations below:

  1. Positions in the general schedule contracting series (GS-1102) and non-DOD uniformed personnel in comparable positions:Yes
  2. Contracting Officers regardless of general schedule series with authority to obligate funds above the micro-purchase threshold: Yes
  3. Project/Program Managers (P/PMs): Yes
  4. Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs): Yes

Milestone 2:      Manage Federal Acquisition Certifications (FACs)

Per the OFPP memo,

  • Acquisition workforce members shall use FAITAS to apply for certification as soon as possible, but no later than April 1, 2014.
  • Workforce members shall also maintain currency by using the FAITAS Continuous Learning Module to track continuous learning points as soon as possible, but no later than June 1, 2014.

2a. Does your agency anticipate achieving the April 1, 2014 milestone? Yes

2b. Does your agency anticipate achieving the June 1, 2014 milestone? Yes

Milestone 3:      Register acquisition workforce members for agency-provided acquisition training by October 1, 2014

Per the OFPP memo, “all civilian agencies shall use FAITAS as their training registration system for agency-provided acquisition training as soon as possible, but no later than October 1, 2014.”

3a. Does your agency anticipate achieving the October 1, 2014 milestone? Yes

HHS’ Progress with FAITAS Implementation for Certification, Continuous Learning, and Training.

HHS has achieved the October 1st 2014 FAITAS training milestone.  Anticipating the imminent implementation of FAITAS, in support of OFPP’s memorandum entitled, “Increasing Efficiencies in Training, Development, and Management of the Acquisition Workforce,” HHS began an aggressive FAITAS outreach campaign by conducting train-the-trainer sessions with an emphasis on tracking certifications, streamlining training registrations, and reporting data in real-time. These aggressive outreach efforts resulted in HHS becoming the second largest FAITAS user in government with more than 13,000 registered users.

HHS acquisition workforce members responded well to outreach and as a result HHS has been fully utilizing FAITAS since February 1st 2013, for personnel identified by the Senior Procurement Executive (SPE) as being members of the HHS acquisition workforce.  These robust efforts and leadership’s commitment to improving acquisition workforce data integrity, allows HHS to seamlessly implement additional FAITAS updates as they become available.  Recognized as a leader in change, HHS actively serves on FAI’s FAITAS Change Advisory Board (CAB).

Moving forward into FY2014, HHS is not only committed to fully deploying the FAITAS warrant module in June 2014, but plans to also create a Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) certification program by September 2014.

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Executive Summary

Section 1: Strategic Alignment with Agency Mission

Section 2: Acquisition Overview

Section 3: Acquisition Human Capital Initiatives Action Planning

Appendix A: Human Capital Programs and Initiatives – Status Update

Content created by Assist. Sec./Financial Resources - Division of Acquisition
Content last reviewed on April 24, 2014