2008 News (Archive)

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  • Oct
  • 16
  • 2008

The Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy announces the next round of the career-broadening Acquisition Exchange Program (AEP) for government employees. The opening date for this round of current opportunities is October 1, 2008 with a closing date of December 1 2008.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their completed application form (with supervisor approval) along with their current resume to jocelyn.conway.ctr@osd.mil. Commencement and length of assignment are negotiable.

To view the project description and details, along with the application form please visit the Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy webpage:

http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/ops/acquisition_exchange_program.html

You may also contact the AEP Program Manager, Mrs. Jocelyn Conway
(Jocelyn.conway.ctr@osd.mil), for further information.

  • Oct
  • 8
  • 2008

Quarterly Operational Contract Support Meeting Held

Background

Defense Procurement, Acquisition Policy, and Strategic Sourcing (DPAP)/Program Acquisition and Contingency Contracting (PACC) hosted a quarterly contingency contracting status update of the Operational Contract Support (OCS) Community of Interest (COI) on 15–16 October 2008 at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The purpose of these meetings is to bring together select members of the government COI who are involved in OCS-related policy, doctrine, and systems development in the DoD components. The meetings serve as an open forum for working-level government leaders to discuss current and future actions to improve operational contract support of the warfighter.

The audience of approximately 50 government personnel included representatives from the Air Force, Army, DAU, Defense Contract Management Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), Defense Logistics Agency, Joint Chiefs of Staff Logistics Directorate (JCS J4), Marine Corps, Navy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and others.

Hosts

Both DPAP/PACC and ADUSD(PS) reside within the office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition , Technology, and Logistics). They support OCS-related policy development across the combatant commands (as well as intergovernmental agency), during combat operations, post-conflict operations, and contingency operations. ADUSD(PS) is responsible for program management and DPAP/PACC has cognizance over contingency contracting policy. Together, they represent key components of the acquisition community and partner to bring business support to military operations. Hosting these quarterly meetings are one way in which DPAP/PACC and ADUSD(PS) seek to achieve their mandates.

Objectives

The 15–16 October meeting objectives were to enhance contract support to the warfighter by:

  • Discussing and socializing changes to existing policy and doctrine
  • Coordinating and synchronizing ongoing and future actions
  • Proposing way-ahead strategies
  • Developing new ideas and approaches.

Topics

Participants discussed the development of an effective joint contracting policy that will serve as one rule set for all Services, to be utilized during contingency operations.

Also discussed were proficiency levels to help ensure that Contingency Contracting Officers (CCOs) bring the needed skill sets to the battlefield. This discussion included the possibility of a CCO exchange/on-the-job training as part of the implementation of standardized proficiency levels and training for CCOs.

Participants also conferred about resources such as the development and implementation of a standardized, automated joint after-action report, as well as documentation of lessons learned. Standardization of the Combatant Command (COCOM) Contracting Website was discussed as another tool to aid contract support to the warfighter. A draft template for the website has been developed, along with a draft DFARS PGI update. A staffing package is currently in coordination.

Another topic involved the Synchronized Predeployment and Operational Tracker (SPOT). SPOT has been designated as the DoD central repository of information on contractors accompanying the force. Another such initiative, Theater Business Clearance (TBC), was discussed as a recent accomplishment. Through TBC, the Joint Contracting Command in Iraq and Afghanistan gains visibility and accountability for deployed contract support into the Joint OperationalArea.

Additional initiatives briefed and discussed included the following:

  • Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 3020 Series development
  • Joint Contingency Acquisition Support Office (JCASO)
  • Joint Contingency Contracting Handbook
  • Contingency Contracting Business Tools under Development
  • Commission on Army Acquisition and Program Management in Expeditionary Operations
  • Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq/Afghanistan
  • DAU contingency contracting courses
  • DFAS Expeditionary Support Organization
  • Non-acquisition workforce training initiatives
  • Theater-wide contract administration
  • DFARS rule-making process and status of open cases.

Idea Exchange

In addition to the COI quarterly meetings, the COI is engaged regularly through multiple forums. These other meetings focus on specific topics. For example:

  • Emergency Procurement Committee
  • Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DARS) Council Working Groups
  • JCASO Working Group
  • Operational Contract Support (OCS) Gap Analysis Working Group
  • OCS Planners Conference
  • Policy Development Working Groups (e.g., DoD Instruction 1100.22, DoD Instruction 3020.31, DoD Instruction 3020.pp)
  • Quadrennial Logistics Forum Working Group on Coalition Contracting
  • Foreign Military Sales Working Group
  • OCS Integration Working Group
  • SPOT Configuration Control Board

For more information on initiatives, visit the Contingency Contracting pages of this website.

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