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Section III. Acquisition Human Capital Initiatives Action Planning

March 2014

A. Action Planning Template

HCAAF Category: Leadership and Knowledge Management;

HCAAF Sub-Category: Workforce and Succession Planning

Program/Initiative Title: HHS’ Acquisition Strategic Leaders Program (ASLP)

Brief Description of Purpose: The purpose of ASLP is to maximize leadership potential by addressing inherent challenges, strengthening leadership styles, and engaging in collaborative training workshops.

What need prompted the development of the initiative, and how was this need identified? 
The Senior Procurement Executive recommended leadership development training for HHS acquisition professionals.

What resources are required to develop and implement this initiative? 
The resources required to develop and implement this initiative are training budget and the Departmental ACMs to manage and facilitate the program.

Who needs to be involved in obtaining the resources?
The Departmental ACM Program manager and budget analyst(s). OPDIV/STAFFDIV acquisition leadership are also encouraged to recommend program participants from their offices/divisions.

What is the timeline for obtaining the necessary resources?
The timeline for obtaining the necessary resources is no later than 3rd quarter FY2013, as program launch is scheduled for 4th quarter FY2013.

Initiative Manager/Primary POC (Within Agency): Judith Dawson

Table 6.A: Implementation

FY14 Implementation StepsAccountable Representative(s)Timeline for Completion
Gather feedback from participantsDepartmental ACM7/31/2014
Develop a synopsis of pilot Acquisition Strategic Leaders ProgramDepartmental ACM8/31/2014

Table 6.B: Evaluation
Intended Outcome(s)Evaluation Strategy
The ASLP intends to prepare leaders to assume higher and broader roles and responsibilities in the field of acquisition. While components of this program align with senior executive core criteria, successful completion does not guarantee a promotion or selection for such a position.Evaluations by survey will be conducted during and at the conclusion of the program. Participants will be required to evaluate the effectiveness and viability of the program and their experiences.


HCAAF Category: Leadership and Knowledge Management; HCAAF Sub-Category: Workforce and Succession Planning

Program/Initiative Title: HHS’ Acquisition Fellows Program (AFP)

Brief Description of Purpose: The purpose of AFP is to prepare mid-level acquisition professionals to perform as strong leaders within the field of acquisition.

What need prompted the development of the initiative, and how was this need identified? 
Through surveying (2012) of HHS’ acquisition workforce it was found that there was and for a mid-level professionals leadership program.

What resources are required to develop and implement this initiative?
The resources required to develop and implement this initiative are training budget and HHS’ Departmental ACM to manage and facilitate the program.

Who needs to be involved in obtaining the resources?
The Departmental ACM Program manager and budget analyst(s). OPDIV/STAFFDIV acquisition leadership are also encouraged to recommend program participants from their offices/divisions.

What is the timeline for obtaining the necessary resources?
The timeline for obtaining the necessary resources is no later than 3rd quarter FY2013, as the next round of cohorts will be selected in 4th quarter FY2013.

Initiative Manager/Primary POC (Within Agency): HHS’ Departmental ACM

Table 6.C: Implementation

FY14 Implementation StepsAccountable Representative(s)Timeline for Completion
Solicit Opportunity to HHS’ WorkforceDepartmental ACM8/31/2014
Develop Training ScheduleDepartmental ACM9/30/2014
Select CohortsDepartmental ACM10/31/2014

Table 6.D: Evaluation
Intended Outcome(s)Evaluation Strategy
The AFP intends to prepare HHS’ mid-level professionals for leadership within HHS.Evaluations by survey at the conclusion of the program. Participants will be required to evaluate the effectiveness and viability of the program and their experiences.


HCAAF Category: Results-Oriented Performance Culture;

HCAAF Sub-Category: Performance Management

Program/Initiative Title: Acquisition Career Management (ACM) Certification/Training Program

Brief Description of Purpose: 
HHS’ ACMs are faced with a myriad of duties as it relates to the acquisition workforce. They are required to be competent and knowledgeable in career management. They are also required to remain current on industry trends and possess skills that make them strategic business advisors in their field. The development of an ACM certification program would be most beneficial to the efficiency of the ACM function.

What need prompted the development of the initiative, and how was this need identified? 
Recently, we had three ACMs from our largest agencies retire. We realized that there was no formal knowledge sharing mechanism in place to educate new acquisition professionals to the role of the ACM. We hosted an annual ACM Summit in December 2013 and it was expressed that there is a desire for a formal structure to the ACM function that would allow ACMs to remain current and gain competency in their field. The environment of acquisition career management is constantly changing and evolving and we need to make sure our ACMs that are responsible for workforces ranging from 500 – 3000 acquisition workforce members are continually educated.

What resources are required to develop and implement this initiative?
The resources required to develop and implement this initiative are training budget and the Departmental ACMs to manage and facilitate the program.

Who needs to be involved in obtaining the resources?
The Departmental ACM Program Manager and budget analyst(s). OPDIV/STAFFDIV acquisition leadership is also encouraged to recommend program participants from their offices/divisions.

What is the timeline for obtaining the necessary resources?
One year

Initiative Manager/Primary POC (Within Agency): Judith Dawson

Table 6.E: Implementation

FY14 Implementation StepsAccountable Representative(s)Timeline for Completion
Develop competencies for the ACM training programOAWSIFY2013

 

Table 6.F: Evaluation

Intended Outcome(s)

Evaluation Strategy

The ACM Certification/Training Program intends to develop HHS’ ACM function so ACMs can perform more efficiently in their role.Evaluations by survey will be conducted during and at the conclusion of the program.

Additional Human Capital Programs and Initiatives

What Government-wide acquisition-related human capital program and initiatives (excluding training courses) would you like FAI to consider implementing?
FAI’s implementation of an Acquisition Career Managers Certification program would be most beneficial to the overall management of the Federal wide acquisition programs. ACMs from all over the government would benefit from participating in a uniformed program that supplies not only the knowledge but the guidance on how to manage an acquisition workforce and its certification programs. HHS has already developed an ACM appointment memorandum and has plans to pilot training for its ACMs.   

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Executive Summary

Section 1: Strategic Alignment with Agency Mission

Section 2: Acquisition Overview

Appendix A: Human Capital Programs and Initiatives – Status Update

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


Content created by Assist. Sec./Financial Resources - Division of Acquisition
Content last reviewed on April 28, 2014