March 7, 1997




MEMORANDUM FOR MR. GENE POLLARD, DEPUTY CHIEF FOR
 OPERATIONS, CIVILIAN ASSISTANCE AND
 RE-EMPLOYMENT DIVISION, CIVILIAN
 PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT SERVICE (CPMS),
 320 2ND STREET, SUITE 120, ROBINS AIR
 FORCE BASE, GEORGIA 31088-1638

SUBJECT: Request for Exception to Department of Defense (DoD) Priority Placement Program
 (PPP) - Army Acquisition Corps (AAC)Competitive Development Group (CDG)



The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA), enacted as part of the FY91 Defense Authorization Act, provides for a systematic approach to enhance the professionalism of the acquisition workforce by addressing specific requirements for work assignments, experience, education, and training. The Department of Defense Career Development Program for Acquisition Personnel supports this objective by encouraging the components to establish career broadening programs which will provide members of the acquisition workforce with multi-specialty experience in acquisition career fields and a mixture of operational and staff experience.

Toward that end, the Army Acquisition Career Management Office has developed a Competitive Development Group Program to which all GS-13's who are either AAC members or AAC eligibles may apply. The main objective of the CDG is to provide training, education and experience which hone acquisition leadership skills. An employee selected for the CDG will have an individual development plan (IDP) tailored to his/her specific needs and be assigned to a centrally-funded developmental position on the Army Acquisition Executive Support Agency (AAESA) Table of Distribution and Allowances for up to 3 years. These AAESA positions will have various duty locations throughout the acquisition community, so selectees will be required to execute a mobility agreement. Due to the costs associated with permanent change of station moves and the fact that many of the selectees will be located in activities which have the full range of acquisition functions, the AACMO anticipates that few employees will be required to make geographic moves. A fact sheet summarizing the features of this program is attached.

This request is for an exception to the PPP to permit assignment of Army employees into the CDG and subsequent assignment into a permanent acquisition position upon completion of the developmental assignment. This request falls within the intent of an existing exception under the DoD PPP which permits reassignments and changes to lower grade within the component made for formal development/training purposes, as provided by 5 CFR 410. The CDG is a formal developmental program designed to provide training, leadership, and career development opportunities to competitively selected acquisition workforce members in order to prepare them for future AAC leadership positions. The CDG developmental assignments parallel another developmental program which is excepted from the PPP, the Army's Syracuse University Comptrollership Program Assignments.

This request is submitted with the understanding that upon completion of the CDG assignment, the employee will be placed into a position at a grade no higher than last permanent grade held before the developmental assignment. It is anticipated that employees completing the developmental assignment will have gained credentials making them competitive for promotional opportunities; however, placements into higher-graded positions are subject to PPP clearance. The position vacated by the employee upon entering the CDG will be subject to PPP clearance when filled on either a temporary or permanent basis.

An expeditious decision in this matter is sincerely appreciated.



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JoAnna M. Bryan
Army Component Coordinator


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