The Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting has not been updated since 2008, but that’s about to change — and the revised FAC-C will include specialized training for IT procurement.
A May 7, 2014 memo from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) outlined the new certification, and OFPP Associate Administrator Joanie Newhart and Tony Grayson, acquisition program executive at the Federal Acquisition Institute, detailed the curriculum and the thinking behind it during a May 13 presentation at FOSE.
“Nobody’s happier than I am that this certification has been issued,” Newhart said. The old FAC-C is general and lacks a specific course on Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) fundamentals — whereas the Defense Department’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has long offered such training, along with a wide range of advanced coursework.
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