Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System Plan
CP-14 - Contracting and Acquisition Career Program

Appendix C - Waivers 1

DAWIA grants discretionary authority to waive various requirements on a case-by-case basis. All requests for waivers effecting CP-14 personnel or positions should be submitted through the FCR. The following categories of waivers are applicable specifically to CP-14 personnel. It should be noted that waiver approvals are extraordinarily rare, and they will be granted only under the most exceptional circumstances.

AAC Waiver - The Army Acquisition Career Program Board (AACPB)/ACPB Functional Working Group (FWG) may waive any or all of the eligibility requirements for accession into the AAC. The AACPB may not, however, waive the requirement that it must certify in writing that the employee possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority based on demonstrated analytical and decision-making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. A waiver request utilizing DD Form 2588 (Department of Defense Acquisition Corps - Waiver Request) must be approved by the AACPB/ACPB-FWG.

Assignment to a CAP - The DACM may waive the requirements for assignment of an individual to a particular CAP. Waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted only if unusual circumstances justify the waiver, or if the individual's qualifications obviate the need for meeting the CAP requirements. The waiver request form is DD Form 2588 (Department of Defense Waiver Request). The requesting officer should be the first general officer or Senior Executive Service (SES) in the chain of command. Supporting documents should include the individual's ACRB, the last three performance appraisals, and a copy of the referral list from which the individual was tentatively selected.

Waiver of the Assignment Period - With respect to a critical acquisition position, the DACM may waive the prohibition on reassignment and the service obligation, but only in circumstances in which a waiver is necessary for reasons permitted in regulation (see DoDI 5000.58, paragraph 6.6.6.4. prescribed by the Secretary of Defense. If the incumbent fails to remain in the CAP for a minimum of three years, a waiver request utilizing DD Form 2592 (Department of Defense Waiver of Assignment Period in Critical Acquisition Positions) must be submitted to the DACM for approval. The requesting official should be the commander of the organization to which the person is assigned.

Assignment to a Senior Contracting Official Position - The DACM may waive the assignment qualifications (four years of contracting experience) of an individual to a Senior Contracting Official position. The waiver request form is the DD Form 2601 (Department of Defense Senior Contracting Official - Waiver Request). The requesting official should be the first general officer or SES in the chain of command. Supporting documents should include the individual's ACRB, the last three performance appraisals, and a copy of the referral list from which the individual was tentatively selected.

Assignment to a Warranted Contracting Officer Position (Above the Simplified Acquisition Threshold) - The AACPB/ACPB-FWG may waive any or all of the requirements for assignment of an individual as a Contracting Officer with authority to award or administer contracts above the Simplified Acquisition Threshold if the AACPB/ACPB-FWG certifies that the individual possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated job performance and qualifying experience. The certification must contain the rationale for its decision to waive such requirements. The waiver request form is the DD Form 2591 (Department of Defense Contracting Officer Waiver Request). The requesting official should be the cognizant PARC. Supporting documents should include the individual's ACRB and last three performance appraisals.

Assignment to a Contracting Occupation (GS-1102) Position - The AACPB/ACPB-FWG may waive any or all of the requirements for assignment to the GS-1102 series. The waiver request form is the DD Form 2591. The requesting official should be the cognizant PARC. Supporting documents should include the individual's ACRB and last three performance appraisals.

Exceptions to qualification requirements regarding assignment to a Warranted Contracting Officer Position or a Contracting Occupation (GS-1102) Position (Above the Simplified Acquisition Threshold) - The qualifications specified in section 1724, subsections (a) Contracting Officers and (b) GS-1102 Series Positions and Similar Military Positions do not apply to an employee of the Department of Defense or member of the armed forces who-

  1. (1) served as a contracting officer with authority to award or administer contracts in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold on or before September 30, 2000;
  2. (2) served, on or before September 30, 2000, in a position either as an employee in the GS-1102 series or as a member of the armed forces in a similar occupational specialty;
  3. (3) is in the contingency contracting force; or
  4. (4) is described in subsection 10 United States Code 1724(e)(1)(B), which relates to individuals in certain developmental positions (DoD guidance was pending as of the writing of this ACTEDS Plan).

The table below provides a summary of waivers applicable to CP-14.

Qualification
to be Waived:
Standard Required
Form
Waiver
Authority
Selection into:
Army Acquisition Corps
a. GS-13, and above.
b. Education. Bachelor's degree OR AACPB certification of advancement potential. (This standard may be met by AACPB certification but MAY NOT be waived.)
c. Education. Twenty-four semester credit hours of study from DAWIA disciplines; OR 24 semester credit hours in the person's career field AND EITHER 12 semester credit hours from among the disciplines listed in DAWIA, OR training in these disciplines equivalent to the 12 semester credit hours requirement, and other requirements as prescribed by the Secretary of Defense. (Credit hour standards may be met by approved examinations.)
d. Experience. Four years of acquisition experience.
e. Training. Certification at Level II or Level III; or completion of all mandatory Level II or Level III acquisition career field training.
DD 2588 AACPB
Assignment to:
Critical Acquisition Positions (CAP)
a. Member of the Army Acquisition Corps.
b. Member has signed written agreement to stay in the assignment for 3 years.
c. Member has signed a mobility agreement.
DD 2588 DACM
Assignment Period
(Tenure): CAPs
Component heads shall assign persons to CAPs for not less than 3 years. DD 2592 DACM
Assignment to:
Senior Contracting Official
a. Four years of contracting experience.
b. Member of the Army Acquisition Corps.
DD 2601 DACM
Selection for:
Warranted Contracting Officer (Above the simplified acquisition threshold)
a. Training. Completed mandatory contracting courses for positions at the level and grade at which the person is serving. Certification at that level is sufficient to meet this standard.
b. Education. Bachelor's degree and 24 semester credit hours in disciplines listed in DAWIA.
c. Experience. Two years of functional (e.g., assigned to a Directorate of Contracting, DOC) experience in contracting position(s).
DD 2591 AACPB/ ACPB- FWG
Assignment to:
Contracting Occupation (GS-1102)
Education. Bachelor's degree, and 24 semester credit hours in designated disciplines listed in DAWIA. DD 2591
AACPB/ ACPB- FWG

1 This guidance does not alter existing DoD policy governing placements of employees into DAWIA-covered positions through the Priority Placement Program. Individuals seeking assignment through the Priority Placement Program must, however, meet the requirements of the position.



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