The Department of Defense’s top contracting chief has ordered that “all DoD acquisition workforce members complete ethics training annually beginning in calendar year 2014.”
The order came in the form of a memorandum dated January 15, 2014 from Frank Kendall, DoD’s undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics. The memo can be seen here: Mandatory_Annual_Ethics_Training_for_the_Defense_Acquisition_Workforce_USD_ATL_signed_15_Jan_14. “I expect 100 percent of the acquisition workforce to complete the training in 2014 and each year thereafter,” stated Kendall.
In his memorandum, Kendall points out that ethics training implements recommendations of the DoD Panel on Contracting Integrity and the National Academy of Public Administration as well as the department’s Better Buying Power 2.0 objective to improve the professionalism of the total acquisition workforce.