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

APPENDIX F - GS-1102 COMPETENCIES

  1. Background of the revised Competencies for the Contracting and Acquisition Career Program (GS-1102 Series).
    1. The competencies identified in the previous edition of the CP-14 ACTEDS Plan were derived from the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) and each competency could be traced to a unit of instruction in the Contract Specialist Workbook. The Contract Specialist Workbook is now the Contract Specialist Training Blueprint and can be located by going to http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/content/pubs_content.jsp?contentOID=123732&contentType=1008 The Contract Specialist Training Blueprint (as of the writing of this edition of the CP-14 ACTEDS Plan) is current through FAC 2001-09 dated September 2002.
    2. The competencies identified in this edition of the CP-14 ACTEDS Plan were developed by a Contracting Functional Integrated Process Team (FIPT) tasked by the Director of Defense Procurement to assess the training needs of the workforce. The FIPT in response to this tasking developed the Contracting Competency Matrices provided on the following pages. The matrices identify desired performance attributes associated with career levels. There are two categories of performance attributes: (1) general professional business skills, and (2) technical policy and process skills.
    3. The general professional business skills are consistent with the emphasis the Army has placed on contracting business professionalism. The general professional business skills attributes further recognize that these must be performed within the DoD environment and Annex 1 to Appendix F identifies those specific contracting environment skills.
    4. The technical policy and process skills include, among other aspects, Knowledge Of Contracting Fundamentals. The contracting fundamentals are listed in Annex 2 to Appendix F. It is useful to note that the list of competencies associated with Knowledge of Contracting Fundamentals is virtually the same (with some minor exceptions to include the fact that the Unit of Instruction numbers do not match the numbers listed in Annex 2) as the listing of units of instruction in the Contract Specialist Training Blueprint.
  2. Relevance and use of the competencies for CP-14.
    1. The competencies identified in Annex 2 of this Appendix form the foundation for the training and development of contracting professionals. Instruction and training on those competencies can be traced directly to instruction provided in the mandatory certification courses for ACF C at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Supervisors and Intern coordinators can use the Contract Specialist Training Blueprint as a resource reference to provide additional training when deemed necessary or as reflected on an individual's IDP, MTP or MITP. Units of instruction can be found for the various individual aspects of the Contracting Fundamentals in the Contract Specialist Training Blueprint.
    2. The more general professional business attributes and policy and process attributes are being examined by DAU to determine recommendations for future training to accommodate the contracting workforce performance requirements identified in this Appendix and insure instruction is being provided to support these competencies. The general professional business attributes are addressed by graduate level programs like those provided by accredited colleges of business administration in a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) program. Therefore, individuals possessing an MBA would be considered capable of performing the skills associated with a particular general profession business competency. It is this set of competencies that must have increasing attention for the CP-14 workforce, above and beyond the technical, policy and process, contracting fundamentals.
Chart - Contracting Competency Matrix (Adobe Acrobat File)



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