“Increasing the capability of the Federal acquisition workforce through training and development continues to be one of my top priorities,” declared Joe Jordan, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), in a Government-wide memorandum to all senior procurement officials on September 3, 2013.
Jordan called on the acquisition workforce to avoid duplicative training and leverage training dollars wisely. He also urged use of the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System (FAITAS) to track career development activities.
“In order to provide agencies with the goods and services that they need to accomplish their missions at the best value to taxpayers, the Federal Government needs talented and trained individuals who can plan, manage, and oversee acquisitions,” noted Jordan. “The Federal Government’s acquisition workforce also plays a critical role in many of the OMB’s initiatives, such as promoting efficient spending and building the right supplier relationships. In a constrained fiscal environment, these individuals can make an even bigger impact by developing better requirements, leveraging spending volume to save money, and incorporating innovative acquisition strategies to achieve better acquisition outcomes.”
A copy of OFPP’s September 3, 2013 memorandum, entitled “Increasing Efficiencies in the Training, Development, and Management of the Acquisition Workforce,” can be downloaded here.