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

APPENDIX E - Competitive Professional Development Program Elements

  1. Overview. The Competitive Professional Development (CPD) Program elements consist of education, development, and training opportunities open to CP-14 careerists. There are 7 program elements: University Training (Full-Time, and Specific Part-Time); Long-Term Training/Fellowships; Developmental Assignments; Cross-Training; Acquisition Excellence Training; Short-Term Executive Training; and Executive and Management Education. General administrative information applicable to all CPD programs is provided in paragraph 9 of this appendix; special requirements regarding eligibility, application, utilization, etc. are included in the discussion of the program to which they apply. This appendix must be used in conjunction with the ASA(M&RA) "ACTEDS Training Catalog" (available on the internet at to access comprehensive administrative information and requirements.
  2. University Training.
    1. Tuition assistance for university training will not duplicate that offered by the Army Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP). Tuition assistance will be primarily for careerists who are not eligible for ATAP. The primary use of tuition assistance will be for careerists not in the AAC to pursue a graduate degree in a business-related field. Individuals who apply for ATAP, but are not supported in their request due to funding restraints, may also apply to pursue a baccalaureate degree in business or government, e.g., public administration or public policy, in order to meet the 24 semester hour requirements under DAWIA. The purpose of the CP-14 tuition assistance under the auspices of University Training is to ensure careerists maintain currency in the contracting and business disciplines, and meet academic standards that are "Desired" (see Master Training Plan Appendix I). The following table provides a matrix summarizing educational opportunities available to CP-14 personnel through ATAP and/or the CP-14 CPD Program.

      Education Level Who Is Eligible Education Level Who Is Eligible
      Master's Degree Civilian AAC and Corps Eligible (CE) Master's Degree CP-14 careerist not in AAC or CE
      Bachelor's Degree Civilian AAW and AAC Bachelor's Degree CP-14 careerist not eligible for ATAP funding
      24 semester hours in career field Civilian AAW and AAC    
      24 semester hours in business Civilian AAW and AAC 24 semester hours in business CP-14 careerist not eligible for ATAP funding
      12 semester hours in business Civilian AAW and AAC    

    2. Course study must be from an accredited institution in any of the following disciplines: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management, as prescribed in 10 U.S.C. 1724. Evaluation of government completed courses should be submitted to the university for credit to avoid duplication. Students are required to maintain a "C" average (undergraduate) and a "B" average (graduate). The Principal Assistants Responsible for Contracting will verify that the grade levels are being maintained. The government's interests must be protected when an employee fails to complete training for which DA pays all or part of the training expenses. If the student fails to complete training satisfactorily, the guidelines of AR 690-400 Chapter 410, Subchapter 6, paragraph 6-4.b., apply. All training requests must be forwarded through functional channels to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement and Policy), Contracting Career Program Office (SFAE-CON) for approval by the FCR.
      1. Full-Time University Training. The training must:
        1. be a continuous full-time program;
        2. be in excess of 120 working days;
        3. consist of a full-time course load of a minimum of 12 undergraduate semester hours or 9 graduate semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) in 12 consecutive months.
      2. Specific Part-Time University Training. The training may consist of day, evening, or weekends at a rate of less than 12 semester (or equivalent quarter) hours.
      3. Specific Short-Term Training. This may consist of short-term training at universities that will benefit the employee and Army Contracting, and is not included in paragraphs 7 and 8 below. Training will be forwarded through the PARC for approval by the FCR.
    3. University Eligibility Requirements. Employees must be GS-11 and above, have career status, and be in a permanent competitive appointment (exceptional GS-9, non-intern, journeymen employees will be considered on a case-by-case basis and selection will be based on the need for training and the utilization plan).
    4. Cost Sharing of Non-Government Training (University). Backfill salary dollars for individuals in the university training program will not be provided. Expenses are limited to books, tuition and supplies. Applications for university training must also include a letter of acceptance from the university. The applicants must specify on their academic plan whether they are applying for full or part-time study.
    5. University Training Program Dates. Applicants are requested to plan for a one-semester lead-time due to administrative processing and funds transfer.
    6. Location of University Training. Applications will be considered only for an accredited college/university of choice within the applicants commuting area. While in training, the selectee's command/ activity/laboratory will continue paying all costs for salary and personal benefits.
    7. Request for Central Resource Support. Authorized expenses for travel, per diem, tuition, and books may be covered by the CPD Program in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulation (JTR) and as discussed in the ACTEDS Catalog available from ASA(M&RA) at CPOL.
  3. Long-Term Training/Fellowships. Three types of long-term training (LTT) and fellowships are offered: Army Congressional Fellowship Program (ACFP) (formerly the LEGIS Fellows Program (LEGIS)); Sloan MIT Fellowship; and Secretary of the Army Research Fellowship.
    1. Army Congressional Fellowship Program (ACFP). This program provides assignments for personnel whose current or prospective positions may require a working knowledge of the operations of Congress. ACFP participants receive instruction and hands-on experience on Capitol Hill through training and developmental activities including intensive briefings on the operations and organization of the Congress; a full-time assignment on the staff of a Member, committee, or support agency or organization of the Congress; and, periodic seminars during the work assignment on Capitol Hill. Applications will be forwarded through CP-14 functional channels to the FCR. CP-14 careerists should refer to the Catalog of Civilian Training, Education and Professional Development Opportunities for the appropriate forms/documents required for nomination to the ACFP. Note that endorsements are required from each echelon through which the nomination is forwarded, i.e., installation commander, major subordinate commander, and MACOM commander. Applicant packages are evaluated at each level of the submission process - supervisor, commander, functional officials, before candidates' applications are forwarded for final approval. Applicants should indicate qualifications to include: demonstrated flexibility in work habits; ability to work in an unstructured environment; ability to work independently with minimum supervision, direction or assistance; and, an interest in legislative procedures, practices and techniques. Evaluations are based on the level and degree to which the applicant possesses the following factors: ability to research and analyze; ability to communicate orally; ability to communicate in writing; professional knowledge; knowledge of the policy-making process; and ability to innovate and synthesize. Additionally, evaluation of the appropriateness of training to the employee's occupation, the utilization plan, and the employee's motivation for wanting to participate in the training are considered in the overall evaluation.
    2. Sloan Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Fellowship. The Sloan Fellows Program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is designed for a limited number of able executives in mid-career, who show marked promise of growth into major responsibilities. Nominees should have 10 to 15 years of experience and will spend 12 months at MIT studying in depth the fundamentals that underlie sound management action. The core disciplines required in this 12-month course underpin what business leaders must understand: economics, accounting, marketing strategy, organizational behavior and finance. The required core subjects and related electives cover five major areas: Policy Formulation, External Environment, Managerial Decision Making, Organizational and Human Factors in Management, and Applied Research. Fellows may choose elective offerings in the Sloan School of Management, offerings at other schools and departments at MIT, and offerings at graduate schools of Harvard University and Boston area institutions. This highly competitive program is open to CP-14 members with at least 10 years of contracting experience who are in the grade of GS-13 or GS-14, and who are in the Army Acquisition Corps or meet all the criteria for selection to the Army Acquisition Corps to include a baccalaureate degree. In addition to application requirements detailed in paragraph 9, applicants should submit a copy of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program application form, which is available as an enclosure to formal announcements for this program.
    3. Secretary of the Army Research and Study Fellowship. These fellowships support study and research on selected Army projects, dealing with contracting and/or acquisition. They support the basic creativity of outstanding CP-14 career employees in the Army's contracting and acquisition mission. In addition, participants discover, develop, and maximize their talents. Meritorious research and study fellowships are granted for 6-12 months of full-time study. Employee eligibility and application procedures shall conform to AR 690-400, C2, Subchapter 13. Applicants must be in the grades GS-12 to GS-15. As part of the application, process applicants must present a research proposal and recommendations from supervisors. The research proposal must significantly contribute to the body of knowledge of contracting and acquisition. Additional details regarding application, selection and eligibility are available in the ASA (M&RA) ACTEDS Catalog.
  4. Developmental Assignments and Significant Short-Term Training Opportunities. In accordance with AR 690-400, Subchapter 410, paragraph 10-5, developmental assignments/training may be up to one-year assignments. Applicants for developmental assignments must have received overall performance ratings of "Successful Level 1" from their senior rater on their three most recent performance appraisals. Individuals who desire to apply for a developmental assignment, but do not meet this criteria, must include an endorsement with their application from the first SES or General Officer in their chain of command. The endorsement should explain why the individual should be considered for a developmental assignment.
    1. Department of the Army Developmental Opportunities:
      1. The Department of the Army offers 6-12 month assignments for employees (GS-12 through GS-15) in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement and Policy) located in the Pentagon or Falls Church, Virginia. The applicants must indicate their preference for the duration. These assignments are open to all Department of the Army employees at the GS-12 or above, and exceptional GS-11s, having career status in a permanent competitive appointment in the Contracting and Acquisition Career Program.
      2. Rotational Assignments will ensure that individuals receive experiential work, based on an approved Training Plan, among the following areas: Acquisition Reform, Contracting Operation Support, Procurement Policy, DAR Council Case Work, Civilian /Career management, and Procurement Management Reviews. Assignments will enhance the individual's understanding of the Army's programs, issues, interaction/integration with Federal/DOD Joint Services, and Army Policy. Each selectee will perform the duties as a staff action officer depending on their experience. In this capacity, the selectee will review and analyze issues to determine impacts on contracting and acquisition. They will participate in the development of Army policy and may serve as a team member on the Procurement Management Review Team.
    2. Developmental Assignments at the MACOM Level. Developmental assignments at the MACOM level and between MACOMs are encouraged, but as with HQDA Developmental Assignments, backfills of empty positions are not authorized. ASA(M&RA) may provide TDY, Per Diem and Travel costs for such assignments within JTR regulations. Cross transfers of personnel from MACOM to MACOM are authorized. Applications for developmental assignments would have to be processed through HQDA and compete for authorized funds against university training and HQDA level developmental assignments, with the same deadlines for filing, which will be included in individual announcements. Assignments would last for 6 - 12 months.
  5. HQDA Cross-Training Assignment Opportunities. Cross-training of employees (GS-11 through GS-15) is intended to impart a variety of managerial and technical skills and knowledge that will improve the capability of the organization and its employees. This may involve an exchange of individuals normally engaged outside the Contracting organization such as the Directorate of Logistics (DOL), Directorate of Public Works (DPW), the Directorate of Information Management (DOIM), or other Directorates, Program Management Offices or Research Development and Engineering Centers. Applicants and their supervisors will coordinate all arrangements for assignments and provide a development plan in their application package that addresses the objectives and benefits to the applicant and the Army. Cross-training assignments serve to enhance the performance of participants in their present series and to acquire new skills. These assignments will be no less than four months and no more than 12 months.
  6. Headquarters Department of Army Sponsored Acquisition Excellence Training. The HQDA sponsored Acquisition Excellence training for contracting personnel may be offered to further institutionalize Acquisition Excellence in the Army and re-skill the workforce. This training is for senior contracting specialists who are Level 3 certified in contracting; however, other contracting personnel are also eligible to attend this on-site training. Course content and schedules will be provided by special FCR announcements.
  7. Short-Term Executive Training. This training is focused on specific functional and multi-disciplinary topics that will help the contracting and acquisition professionals accomplish their organizational mission, grow professionally, and promote Acquisition Excellence. The listing of sources and subjects offered is representative. Specific course titles, dates, and application procedures will be provided in a separate announcement. Applicants should normally be Level III certified and meet one of the following: be a member of the Army Acquisition Corps, if occupying a critical acquisition position; be in the Corps Eligible or Competitive Development Group (CDG), or meet the minimum criteria for entry into the Army Acquisition Corps. A certain limited number of focused executive training courses may be available for individuals certified at Level II.
    1. The Federal Executive Institute (FEI), 1301 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA.
    2. John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
    3. MIT Sloan School of Management, 50 Memorial Drive, Suite E52-101, Cambridge, MA 02142-1347.
    4. Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, Executive Education Program, "The Commercial Business Environment - A Primer for Department of Defense Managers - Course" 100 Darden Boulevard, Charlottesville, VA 22903.
    5. The Anderson School at UCLA, James A. Collins Center for Executive Education, 110 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1464.
    6. Haas School of Business, Berkeley Center for Executive Development, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1900.
    7. The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Box 90116, Durham, NC 27708-0116.
    8. Stanford Business School, Office of Executive Education, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5015.
    9. Center for Continuing Studies, The University of Chicago, 5835 S. Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637-1608.
    10. Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, Executive Education Programs, Boston, MA 02163.
    11. Wharton Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 255 S. 38th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-9959.
    12. Johnson Graduate School of Management, Executive Education, Cornnel University, Ithaca, NY 14853-6901.
    13. J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, James L. Allen Center, Evanston, IL 60208-2800.
    14. Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Executive Education, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3455.
    15. Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College, 100 Tuck Hall, Hanover, NH 03755-9050.
    16. The Brookings Institution, Center for Public Policy Education, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20036-2188. Various offerings in Public Policy Education Programs for Government Managers.
    17. The Aspen Institute, 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Suite 1070 Washington, DC 20036. The Executive Seminar Program.
    18. Center for Creative Leadership, One Leadership Plan, P.O. Box 26300, Greensboro, NC 27438-6300. Varied leadership programs.
    19. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Management Institute, Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave., Madison, WS 53706-1323
    20. United States Office of Personnel Management, Eastern Management Development Center, P.O. Box 1579 Lancaster PA 17608-1579; and Western Management Development Center, 3151 South Vaughn Way, Suite 300, Aurora, CO 80014-3513
    21. Arizona State University, College of Business, Main Campus, P.O. Box 874906, Tempe AZ 85287-4906
    22. National Contract Management Association, 1912 Woodford Rd., Vienna, VA 22182
    23. Institute for Supply Management, P.O. Box 22160, Tempe, AZ 85285-2160
    24. National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, 11800 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 1050, Reston VA 20191-5302
    25. Penn State Executive Programs, The Smeal College of Business Administration, The Pennsylvania State University, 310 Business Administration Building, University Park, PA 16802-3003.
    26. Columbia Business School, Executive Education, 2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025.
    27. University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business, Center for Executive Education, 301 Mervis Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
  8. Management and Executive Training Programs. The Management and Executive Training, is normally four weeks or more in length from premier universities or executive training institutions. This program provides a variety of different executive programs from ten different preeminent educational institutions. The exact dates of individual course offerings and deadlines for application will be issued in separate announcements. The target audience is grades GS-14 and above, who are members of the Army Acquisition Corps and Level III certified. The following selections list the Management and Executive Education opportunities available for CP-14 personnel.
    1. John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
    2. The Federal Executive Institute (FEI), 1301 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA. (Available only to SES or GS-15.)
    3. Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, Executive Education Programs, Glass Hall, Soldiers Field, Boston, MA 02163.
    4. Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, Executive Program, P.O. Box 6550, Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550.
    5. Aresty Institute of Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 255 South 38th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6359.
    6. Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College, 100 Tuck Hall, Hanover, NH 03755-9050.
    7. Berkeley Center for Executive Development, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-1900.
    8. The Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, Statler, Suite 509, Ithaca, NY 14853-6901.
    9. J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, James L. Allen Center, Evanston, IL 60208-2800.
    10. Stanford Business School, Office of Executive Education, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5015.
  9. General Administrative Information.
    1. Career Program members interested in applying for CPD programs supported by this ACTEDS Plan, must follow the administrative requirements detailed in the "ACTEDS Catalog". Those interested in participating in Short-Term Training of 30 days or less, such as conferences and seminars will complete and submit a Request for Central Resource Support Form which is available on-line from the ASA(M&RA) website "Civilian Personnel On Line" (CPOL) (see Link Below).
    2. Career Program members desiring to participate in Long-Term Training in excess of 30 days, should follow the procedures detailed for civilian training in the current "ACTEDS Catalog" available on CPOL. To assist in preparing applications, the following is a list of forms and documents that must be completed or attached and forwarded as your application packet in addition to any special, program specific, requirements mentioned elsewhere in this ACTEDS Plan. Application packets should be assembled with documentation in the order listed below, with additional special program unique documentation following the items listed here. Items followed by "(Available on-line)" may be completed on-line at CPOL (see ACTEDS Catalog: Index of Forms) and printed from your web browser and then included with the application packet.
      1. Command endorsement(s) (Including PARC's endorsement)
      2. Application for ACTEDS Training Opportunities - (Available on-line)
      3. Nominee's Statement of Interest - (Available on-line)
      4. Utilization Plan (Available on-line) -->
      5. Functional Review Form - (Available on-line)
      6. Last 3 Performance Ratings (including annotated Support Forms)
      7. Request for Central Resource Support Form - (Available on-line)
      8. SF 181, Race and National Origin Identification- (Available on-line)
      9. Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB)

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