The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Inspector General (CP-55)


The Inspector General (IG) Career Program (CP-55) Competitive Professional Development (CPD) opportunities are open to all Army civilian IGs - GS-09s and above serving in Series 1801positions, those Army civilian IGs working in different Series, and to the Administrative Assistants working in IG Offices provided they have met the TIGS certification.

CPD is funded through the Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System (ACTEDS). ACTEDS funds are always subject to availability, set forth by HQDA-G-3/7 (DAMO-TRV - Civilian Training and Leader Development).

Note: Per DAMO-TRV "Career Status" are those individuals who have attained 3 years of permanent full-time federal employment.

ACTEDS funds university study, developmental assignments, and short-term training for which individuals are competitively selected. These opportunities are designed to grow individuals for positions with greater responsibility in the Career Program 55.

ACTEDS funds also cover Army-wide competitive programs which comprise Civilian Leader Development such as Senior Service College. Refer to the Civilian Training and Leader Development web site for specific information:

Note: DAMO-TRV fully funds applicants, regardless of component, to attend the Civilian Education System (CES) courses such as the Foundation, Basic, Intermediate and the Advanced Course.

IAW AR 20-1/Inspector General Activities and Procedures, Department of the Army civilians are required to attend the 3 week "The Inspector General School" (TIGS) for certification as an IG. Note: The U.S. Army Inspector General Agency fully funds this course.

CP-55 supports the professional development opportunities listed below:

Note: Recommendations to add and/or to change the opportunities listed are always welcomed. Provide your recommendations through your respective Army Career Program Manager (ACPM) and to the CP55 Program Manager.

Part Time University Programs- Associate Degree

CPD provides a valuable learning experience and competitive edge for future advancement. Careerists develop their own part-time course of study with local accredited colleges or universities. All degree programs, whether funded by ACTEDS or commands, must be approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower & Reserve Affairs.

  • An undergraduate level program is open to GS-09s and above assigned to a permanent position. All opportunities are competitive; all applicants must have three (3) years of permanent, full time employment as a DA civilian at the time of application. Courses must be approved prior to attendance.
  • Specific part-time training will be approved on a case-by-case basis and will be forwarded through supervisory and major command channels (with full justification) for approval by the FCR. This training may consist of evening, weekend, and/or part-time courses at a rate fewer than 12 hours per semester.
  • Funding, under an approved "Degree Program" will be programmed within a three (3) year period from start to completion. ACTEDS funds cover tuition and books for part-time study. ACTEDS funding is not authorized for per diem or travel. Supervisory approval is required prior to any program start, continuance or disenrollment.
  • Careerists requesting ACTEDS funds to obtain an academic degree (training or education with the stated objective of getting an academic degree) must provide the information found in the "ADT Checklist" .
  • Students will be required to sustain the appropriate hours (semester or quarter) as prescribed by the college or university. Note: Part-time is usually defined as an academic load of less than the minimum number of semester or quarter hours required to be a full-time student and taken during evenings, weekends, or a portion of a regular tour of duty.
  • All applications are due to the CP-55 Program Office NLT 60 days prior to the start of first classes. The entire process will require about 120 days contacting the college, assembling the package and obtaining chain of command endorsements to final staffing and approval. Check with your Army Command, Army Service Component Command or Direct Reporting Unit CP-55 Activity Career Program Manager for internal deadlines.
  • Employees who work for an Army Staff Principal, Headquarters Department of the Army, the Army Staff, or a Program Executive office must obtain endorsement from the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.
  • For more details, checklists and forms go to:
Academic Requirements for Undergraduate (Associate) University Training
  • Applicants are requested to plan for at least a three-semester lead-time due to the lengthy approval process of the application package and the training requests.
  • Course of study must be from an accredited institution in the recommended academic disciplines of Business or Public Administration.
  • Students are required to maintain a "C" average for undergraduate level courses. Failure to maintain this grade point average may result in removal from the course of study. The CP-55 Program Manager will verify that the grade levels are being maintained and the students shall send a grade report after the completion of each course or semester/quarter hour to CP-55 Program Office.
  • The Government's interests must be protected when an employee fails to complete training for which HQDA pays all or part of the training expenses. If the student fails to complete training satisfactorily or does not fulfill the Agreement to Continue in Service, the guidelines of Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 410.309(c) will apply.
Developmental Assignments

Developmental assignment opportunities are available for the professional development of CP-55 careerists. These opportunities allow careerists within field organizations to work in HQDA and/or activities and vice versa. Developmental assignments include, but are not necessarily limited to, duties and responsibilities designed to broaden the careerists' perspectives of the issues pertinent to the Army's IG policy and practice.

  • Developmental assignments are announced Army-wide by the FCR, can be developed by the ACOM, ASCC or DRUs, by the Activity Career Program Managers, or can be requested by individual careerists. Assignments are normally lateral assignments to positions where the individual can gain skills, knowledge, and abilities other than those they currently possess.
  • Nominees selected will be funded only for travel and per diem as authorized in the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR).
  • The annual announcement of CP-55 developmental assignment opportunities is usually issued by the FCR at fiscal year's end for the following year. Assignments may vary in length from three to twelve months and reporting dates will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Funding for salary and benefits will be assumed by the parent organizations. Subject to the availability of funds, travel and per diem will be centrally funded by CP-55 ACTEDS funds. Specific Information about the individual opportunities is contained in attachments to the announcement.
  • Careerists requesting ACTEDS funds for developmental assignments, short-term training opportunities (120 days for less) and non-academic degree programs must provide the information found in the "Course Checklist".
Short Term Training

Programs include training and courses conducted at Army, other DoD activities and Federal agencies, symposiums, workshops and seminars providing professional training for IGs, leadership and management development programs, and other training opportunities and courses identified. These training and courses are 120 calendar days or less in duration. Attendance at seminars and workshops must be for the purpose of training and not to participate in annual organizational meetings. The purpose is to broaden careerists' core and critical competencies and operational techniques for a global environment.

  • The applicant must be accepted for the training, or be otherwise eligible to attend the course, prior to submission of the application. If attending a seminar, workshop, or civilian sponsored training, the applicant must include the description of the training, the training outline, and what benefits (competencies) will be received from the training.
  • Careerists requesting ACTEDS funds for developmental assignments, short-term training opportunities (120 days for less) and non-academic degree programs must provide the information found in the "Course Checklist".
Short Term Training
Course Descriptions

Inspector General (IG) Advanced Course

The Inspector General School (TIGS) is a resident educational institution that focuses on teaching Army Inspectors General to implement the U.S. Army Inspector General system and its functions as a member of a Division Inspector General office. This focus supports the Army Chief of Staff's priorities by emphasizing support to the Soldier, adapting the IG system to the Joint and Expeditionary mindset and the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) model, incorporating both active and reserve components into the IG system, and reevaluating the IG system for future force relevance. The school's focus further supports the Department of Defense's broader focus on supporting overseas contingency operations, strengthening combined and Joint warfighting, and enhancing warfighting capabilities.

The IG Advanced Course is a five-day resident course designed to enhance the skills of experienced IGs in selected aspects of Inspections, Assistance, and Investigations and to teach strategies to improve the quality of written IG products. The Inspector General School will conduct three IG Advanced Courses per year: one in April and two in August. Graduates will receive a Certificate of Training upon successful completion of the course. Successful completion of the course, however, is not a requirement to maintain IG certification.

Civilian IGs serving for five or more years must attend IG Advanced Course as part of Career Program 55 functional training for Series 1801 personnel. Civilians may register with TIGS for a seat in any course. The web site is:

Army Force Management School (AFMS)

The Army Force Management School (AFMS) was established as the Army's central educational institution for preparing senior analysts and leaders for assignment in the Force Management community worldwide. The school provides force management training to selected Army officers, noncommissioned officers, and Department of Army civilians serving in or selected for force management or related assignments Army-wide. The school provides updated force management publications and consolidated force management support to the Army Secretariat, Army Staff, Army Commands (ACOM), Army Service Component Commands (ASCC), Direct Reporting Units (DRU), Field Operating Agencies (FOAs), and Army Agencies, as required. The school seeks to provide a small corps of force management experts to the Army. The Army Force Management School provides cost effective education and training. The AFMS is contractor operated under the direction of the Army G3. The web site is:

Force Management (FM) Orientation Course
The FM Orientation Course is a two week course designed to educate and train military and civilian personnel in the basics of Army force management. The course provides instruction in functions and processes employed in raising, provisioning, sustaining and maintaining, training and resourcing the Army. This course teaches current FM policies, procedures, processes and systems, and prepares students to assist in the management of organizations in the current force (projection Army) and the future force (modularity). Upon completion of the course, students will be able to assist mid-level management positions within any functional area of force management.

Instruction includes the "why" and "how" of determining force requirements and alternative means of resourcing in order to accomplish Army functions and missions. The lessons provide a systematic investigation/overview of "How the Army Runs". Instruction focuses on the processes, system of systems and regulatory basis for the force projection Army as it transitions to the modular design. The two-week courses are structured to provide the student with a basic appreciation of each of the disciplines, and the tools available to support mid-level action officers with data and source information.

The course familiarizes students with force management processes, from the determination of force requirements to the resourcing of requirements, including the allocation of resources and the assessment of their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and mission in a joint/combined environment. The course is designed for up to 60 students and is currently offered in December of each year.

The target audience is officers below the grade of Captain, warrant officers (WO1), enlisted (SSG through SGM) and civilians below the grade of GS 11 working in or going to a force management field (FD/CD/MD/TD) selected by appropriate DA Staff agencies and the Army MACOMs. Applications are made through the appropriate training coordinator and have special circumstances.

Enrollment Procedures:
Prospective students cannot directly enroll themselves through the school website. Individuals must apply through the formal nomination process. If you have questions about the enrollment procedures, quotas, registration, scheduling, class dates, security clearances, space availability, nomination process or prerequisites, CONTACT the AFMS Registrar: (703)805-4904.
Army Force Management School web site:

Action Officer Force Integration Course
The Action Officer Force Integration Course is designed to provide a general overview of the force management functions and processes employed in raising, provisioning, sustaining, maintaining, training, and resourcing the Army.

The course provides a systemic overview of the force integration process with focus on "How the Army Runs." Students will learn the constitutional, statutory and regulatory basis for the force projection Army and the capabilities that must be sustained through management of doctrinal, organizational roles, functions and missions, especially at the Army Secretariat/Staff levels. They will also become familiar with force management processes, from the determination of force requirements to the resourcing of requirements, including the allocation of resources and the assessment of their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions in a joint/combined environment.

Instruction is accomplished by using lecture conferences and after action reviews. There are no examinations. Students should read/scan the Army Force Management Model primer prior to the start of the course. Students should also ensure they bring their CAC and also know their AKO password for this course.

The one-week course can accommodate up to 60 personnel and is currently offered 16 times a year.

The course is mandatory for officers (Colonel and below) and civilians (GS/GM 9-15) assigned to the Army Staff (ARSTAF) and the Office of the Secretary of the Army (OSA). As stated in DA Memo 1-11, personnel will attend this course after they complete agency training and the HQDA Staff Officer Orientation. Additionally, personnel assigned to HQDA Field Operating Agencies (FOAs), Direct Reporting Units (DRUs) and Army Commands, located within the National Capital Region (NCR) are invited to participate in the training.

Enrollment Procedures: Prospective students cannot directly enroll themselves through the school website. Individuals must apply through the formal nomination process. If you have questions about the enrollment procedures, quotas, registration, scheduling, class dates, security clearances, space availability, nomination process or prerequisites, CONTACT the AFMS Registrar: (703)805-4904.
Army Force Management School web site:

Army Logistics University (ALU)

Combat Training, Doctrine Developers Integration Course
This 1 week course will provide training developers, capability developers, and doctrine developers with skills and knowledge to integrate the basic concepts and principles of training, capability, and doctrine developments as part of the requirements determination and acquisition process. The course will orient students to the relationships of the three disciplines and the efficiencies to be gained by coordinating and integrating requirements throughout the planning process. The course will provide a foundation for subsequent courses that address more technical aspects of each discipline. Some key topics of the course include: integrated concept teams; materiel requirements; training development; doctrine development; and Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leader Development, Personnel, and Facilities (DOTMLPF) Analysis.

This course is primarily for TRADOC CP 32 training development, capability development or doctrine development civilian interns (GS-7 through GS-9) or other newly assigned TRADOC personnel in positions requiring any of these three disciplines. Nominees will be accepted based on the following priority: 1) CP 32 training development, capability development or doctrine development interns; 2) CP 32 personnel currently working in the training development, capability development or doctrine development arenas; 3) military who perform functions in any one or more of the aforementioned disciplines; 4) Other DA civilian interns in other career programs.

Prerequisites: Prior to attendance, attendees must complete the Army Management Staff College distributed learning Foundation Course,

To enroll, contact the POC for the respective service listed below.

Registration Assistance:
Contact: ALU Registrar
Phone: (804) 765-4152/4149/4122    DSN 539-4152/4149/4122

Course Director:
Phone: (804) 765-4326    DSN: 539-4326

Decision Analysis
This 1 week course provides a comprehensive introduction to the qualitative and quantitative methodologies which can be applied in conducting a decision analysis of a project or program. Practical experience is gained through the use of actual case studies which have been adapted for instructional purposes. Specific subjects include statistical tools, probability theory, distributions, and random variables; data collection and preliminary analysis; decision theory and integrative practice through small group workshops based on actual case studies.

Prerequisites: Nominees should have a need for decision analysis methodologies and techniques to generate rigorous and logically defensible decisions within the defense department.

To enroll, contact the POC for the respective service listed below.

Registration Assistance:
Contact: ALU Registrar
Phone: (804) 765-4152/4149/4122    DSN 539-4152/4149/4122

Course Director:
Phone: (804) 765-4736    DSN: 539-4736

Risk Analysis
This 1 week course presents the fundamental concepts and techniques used to analyze and manage risks in projects. The notion of risk is defined and a general approach to risk analysis and management is developed. Qualitative techniques for risk analysis are reviewed in detail to include the identification of risk events, likelihood ranking, impact assessment and the description of the risk associated with the event. The use of various risk matrices is covered. Events are ranked and risk mitigation measures are discussed. Residual risk is determined and secondary risks are identified. Several quantitative risk analysis techniques are covered. The method of moments is used to develop distributions summarizing risk from a collection of sources. The Monte Carlo simulation is used to determine cost and schedule risk and to better specify the likelihood of the occurrence of specific risk events and to determine the size of management reserves. The use of the Venture Evaluation & Review Technique (VERT) for Monte Carlo simulation is covered and the software is provided free of charge. Techniques for eliciting expert opinions are covered.

Prerequisites: Nominees should have (but is not mandatory) assignments in research and development, product/project management, plans and analysis, systems analysis, or an equivalent field concerned with management and evaluation of Government programs. Prior familiarity with probability and statistics is preferred.

To enroll, contact the POC for the respective service listed below.

Registration Assistance:
Contact: ALU Registrar
Phone: (804) 765-4152/4149/4122    DSN 539-4152/4149/4122

Course Director:
Phone: (804) 765-4736    DSN: 539-4736

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)

Introduction to Criminal Investigation Training Program (ICITP)
The 9 day ICITP is designed to acquaint the non-criminal investigator student with the procedures, techniques, legal concerns, and general problems associated with a criminal investigation. The program focuses on the role of the criminal investigator and emphasizes interviewing skills and legal requirements. Combining classroom lectures and practical exercises in the program allows students to better comprehend the various investigative procedures.

Although the ICITP provides an overview of the criminal investigative process and focuses on the role of the criminal investigator, it is designed for non-criminal investigator personnel. Specifically in mind are regulatory and compliance inspectors, paralegals, auditors, technical personnel, and others who might assist in a criminal investigation, be required to testify in a criminal matter, or refer a matter to court for criminal investigators.

Enrollment is accomplished by the CP55 Career Program Manager who will contact the FLETC at the following address and number:

FLETC Office of Training Support/TAC
Glynco, GA 31524
Phone: (912) 267-2269

John E. Reid and Associates, Inc.

3 Day Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation

This 3 day course will instruct the students how to evaluate case facts, asses the truthfulness of a suspect, and conduct an interview and interrogation. The instruction will focus on behavior symptom analysis, interviewer characteristics and interview environment, interviewing protocol, factual analysis, evaluating the alibi, the Behavioral Analysis Interview, and the Reid Nine Steps of Interrogation.

Prerequisites: None

John E. Reid Contact Information:

John E. Reid and Associates
209 West Jackson Blvd, Ste. 400
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 1-888-255-1635

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Graduate School

Fundamentals of Writing (WRIT 7010D)
This 3 day course will enhance careerists' success at work by learning to prepare correct, concise and organized memos, e-mails and other documents. Using standard grammar and usage rules, construct simple, compound and complex sentences that communicate clearly to your readers. Use transitional words, phrases and strategies to link sentences into coherent paragraphs. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires all federal agencies to write public documents in a clear, concise and well-organized manner.
Prerequisites: Grammar and Usage Workshop (ENGL7001D) or English Grammar and Usage (ENGL7051N)

Report Writing (WRIT7020D)
This 3 day course is designed for professionals who need to write clear, concise and well-organized reports. Produce reports that incorporate the best practices highlighted in the Plain Writing Act of 2010. Pinpoint your readers' needs, choose the right style and tone, and organize your content and research into a format that enhances your main points.
Prerequisites: None

Army Manager's Internal Control (MIC) Administration (AUDT9015G)
As an Army Internal Control Administrator, receive detailed guidance for carrying out your roles and responsibilities. This 2 day seminar covers the statutory and regulatory requirements of the Army Managers' Internal Control Program. Fully comprehend the underlying Army philosophy on internal controls, the major elements of the Army Managers' Internal Control Program and the basic responsibilities of key players in that process. Practice is provided in identifying assessable units, developing internal control evaluation plans and conducting internal control
Prerequisites: None

Interviewing Techniques (STAF8012D)
This 2 day course is for careerists to gain the knowledge needed to design and administer structured interviews. Gain skill in developing behavior-based questions that tap the applicant's experience and indicate how the applicant is likely to handle similar assignments. Develop structured interview questions and rating scales.
Prerequisites: None

Thinking Clearly, Writing Clearly (WRIT1101A)
Develop critical thinking skills to enhance writing skills so that the reader can understand the intended message. Critically read information so you can analyze and understand the message of the writer. In this text-based online course, careerists submit assignments to an instructor.
Additional Information: Before enrolling in this course, students need to take a writing/grammar pretest and attain a score of 80%. USDA Grad School will recommend alternative courses for students who do not achieve that score. Contact 866-448-9740 or email: for more information.

Briefing Techniques (COMM7002D)
This 3 day course will develop careerists' ability to give concise briefings that convey your main message quickly and clearly. Learn and practice essential strategies for delivering short structured briefings in this hands-on course. Briefings are recorded for playback, and the instructor will provide useful coaching and tips.
Prerequisites: None

Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE), Army (BUDG8001D)
This 5 day course is designed for careerists to gain a greater knowledge of how the Department of Defense and the Army PPBE systems work in acquiring, allocating and managing resources. Explore the relationships among the budget cycle, the acquisition process and the mission planning of the Department of Army (DA). Gain an understanding of the documents generated during the entire PPBE process, the flow and sequencing of these documents, and the interface of the PPBE documents and requirements among the DA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Services, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and the Commanders of the Combatant Commands.
Prerequisites: None

USDA Grad School Registration Information:

Contact Information:
Graduate School
Attn: Customer Support Center
600 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20024-2520

Phone: (888) 744-GRAD/(888) 744-4723
               Or (202) 314-3300
Fax:(866) FAX-GRAD/(866) 329-4723

Competitive Selection Process

The CP-55 FCR uses a process to rank-order candidates for CPD training opportunities. About half the rating weight is on professional accomplishments, as indicated by diversity of positions held, experience in leadership, ratings of performance, receipt of formal awards, and statements of individual knowledge, skills, and abilities. The remainder focuses on indicators of appropriateness for the particular training, such as timing in the career, motivation of the employee, and ratings and endorsements by the supervisor and others in the functional chain. Of particular importance is the Utilization Plan to ensure that the Return of Investment to Army, the organization, and the individual is maximized.

Points of Contact (POC)

Address queries, application information and/or application submissions to:
Ms. Donna L. Wood,
Career Program 55 Manager,
Operations and Support Division (SAIG-OPS),
1700 Army Pentagon, Room 5C560,
Washington, D.C. 20310-1700.

Email: Ms. Donna L. Wood:
Phone: (703) 695-1592, (DSN 225)
Fax: (703) 697-8807.

Civilian Education System (CES)

The Civilian Education System (CES) is the foundation of the Army's leader development program for all Army Civilians, providing progressive and sequential education courses throughout their careers. CES is centrally funded by HQDA G-37/Training Directorate for most permanent Army Civilians, including but not limited to general schedule (GS), non-appropriated fund (NAF), local national (LN) and wage grade (WG) employees. CES leadership courses, or designated equivalent courses, are required for all Army Civilians. Employees should include attendance at the CES course for which they are eligible in their Individual Development Plans (IDP).

Employees are eligible to attend the CES course that is targeted at their grade level. GS-01 through GS-09 employees are eligible to attend the CES Basic Course; GS-10 through GS-12 employees are eligible to attend the CES Intermediate Course; and GS-13 through GS-15 employees are eligible to attend the CES Advanced Course. NOTE: All Army Civilians who were hired after 30 September 2006 are required to take the Foundation Course prior to enrolling in either of the CES courses.

More information on CES courses, as well as instructions on how to enroll can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development website at

More Information
  • Academic Degree Training (ADT) Checklist - Employees requesting DA ACTEDS funds to obtain an academic degree (training or education with the stated objective of getting an academic degree) must provide the information found in the "ADT Checklist" below.
  • Career Program ACTEDS Plans - Information about career management training, education, and development is provided in the individual ACTEDS plans. Individual plans may be found using the ACTEDS link below.
  • Course Checklist - Employees requesting ACTEDS funds for training-with-industry programs, developmental assignments, short-term training opportunities (120 days for less) and non-academic degree programs must provide the information found in the "Course Checklist" below.

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