Acquisition Exchange Program

Attention: Submission Cycle Call for AEP Applicants

The nomination period for the FY 2021 AEP cycle 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.


The AEP provides insight and hands-on experience about the development and implementation of DoD-wide acquisition policy issues. The assigned projects offer successful candidates an opportunity to enhance their acquisition and senior-level policymaking skills, develop their managerial and leadership skills, and prepare for future positions within the acquisition community.

Applying for the DPC AEP Program

To apply for acceptance into the AEP, candidates must review the DPC project descriptions, select areas of interest, and submit a completed application package along with a current resume. Applicants must already be DoD government civilian employees.

Selection Process

After the closing date of the announcement, the AEP Program Manager will forward the application packages to the DPC Directors for their review. The Directors will review the applications and, if required, interview the applicants to determine who are best suited for the current opportunities and assignments.

Once these evaluations are completed, the Directors will prioritize and forward their recommendations/nominations to the AEP Program Manager who will then forward the nomination package to the Principal Director, DPC for final approval.

Specific assignments will be based on urgency of requirements and negotiated between the office of the Principal Director, DPC, the applicant, and the applicant's home Military Department/Defense Agency senior procurement executive and/or immediate supervisor.

DPC will notify applicants of status within 30 days after the closing date of announcement. Due to the pandemic, applicants selected for the AEP will be in a telework status from their home location until DPC staff is authorized to return to their offices. At that point, DPC will reimburse for AEP travel and temporary relocation expenses. Please note, FY20 AEPs are currently in a telework status and are fully integrated virtually to ensure a productive, career-broadening experience.

Future AEP opportunities will be posted here on the DPC website.

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