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Acquisition Fellows Program

Acquisition Fellows Program

The Office of Learning and Workforce Development coordinates corporate activities for this program. Fellows are recruited, hired, selected, and funded by their sponsoring DOE/NNSA office.

Overview
On March 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary, Ernest J. Moniz, determined that a shortage of qualified candidates for the 1102 series, Contract Specialists, exists within the Department.  To strategically address this mission critical shortage, Secretary Moniz approved the implementation of a number of workforce planning strategies to include the implementation of the DOE Acquisition Fellows Program (AFP).  DOE’s Office of the Under Secretary for Management and Performance, in collaboration with other DOE offices, has initiated the development of an enterprise-wide Acquisition Fellows Program (AFP) – a program designed to recruit, acquire, develop, and retain 1102 series, contract specialists.  This two-year program will strategically build a talent pipeline to establish a cadre of well-qualified acquisition professionals with Level 1 and Level 2 Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC) within the Department.

Recruitment and Selection
The recruitment and selection for this program will be conducted by the DOE/NNSA offices who agree to sponsor Acquisition Fellows. The 2014 cohort launches Summer 2014. The 2015 cohort is expected to launch spring/summer of 2015.
Offices who are interested in sponsoring a new hire or employee in the 1102 occupation series should contact Roslyn Reeder for more information.
DOE/NNSA employees who are interested in participating should work with their supervisor to see if their office can sponsor their participation.

Key Program Features:
• Cohort Support – Program participants will engage in various activities that are not available to employees pursuing independent completion of the requirements for Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C), to include regularly scheduled support meetings designed for the opportunity to learn from subject matter experts, network with peers, discuss progress in completing program objectives, and ask for advice or best practices in pursuit of their career and mission goals.
• Technical Mentors – Each participant will be paired with technical mentor(s) for Year 1 and Year 2. Additionally, the program will make available situational mentors with experience in DOE’s acquisition culture who can be contacted by participants on an ad hoc basis as questions come up.
• Level 1 Certification – FAC-C Training and applied learning experiences tailored to meet certification requirements for Level 1, to include the new FAC-C “refresh” curriculum and a new course to develop skills to bridge the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) with the Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR).
• Level 2 Certification – FAC-C Training and applied learning experiences tailored to meet certification requirements for Level 2, to include the new FAC-C “refresh” curriculum and classroom-based training for Legal Considerations (CON 216) that replaces the previous version online.
• Rotation Detail(s) – Participants will engage in at least one rotation detail during the program to maximize their effectiveness and broaden their perspectives and potential. This will also strengthen collaboration and facilitate best practice sharing across the Department.

General Timeline
This is a two-year program that includes five phases,
1. Onboarding,
2. Training and education for Level 1,
3. Applied learning and experiences to meet the certification requirements for Level 1,
4. Training and education for Level 2, and
5. Applied learning and experiences to meet the certification requirements for Level 2.

See the diagram below.

Phases of Acquisition Fellows Program