Acquisition Exchange Program

The nomination period for FY 2024 is closed.


The Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) Acquisition Exchange Program (AEP) provides a unique career developmental experience for high-caliber individuals in acquisition and acquisition-related career fields.

The AEP represents a serious commitment on the part of DPC to provide a valuable career development experience to individuals in the acquisition community.


Defense Pricing and Contracting’s AEP provides participants insight into, and experience in, the development and implementation of DoD-wide acquisition policy.

Candidates work in a DPC Directorate to enhance their pricing and contracting skills as well as to develop their managerial and leadership skills as they prepare for future positions within the acquisition community.

Sponsoring DPC Directorates include:

The program has been in place since 2001 and over 300 candidates have participated from the Services as well as Defense Agencies.

AEP cycle:

  • August/September:Call for candidates
  • November:Notification of approved participants
  • January:Program start (23 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

The Program will include a hybrid of in-person opportunities (orientation, conference attendance and colocation with assigned directorate) as well as remote work. Selectees will be notified of availability of DPC funding prior to the start of the program.

Application Process

To apply for acceptance into the AEP, candidates should review the DPC website, select areas of interest, and submit a completed application along with a current resume. Applicants must already be DoD government civilian employees. Application submission details are on the application and FAQs provide additional useful information.