All Aboard the Acquisition Express: The Journey with DPC's Acquisition Exchange
Imagine a train. Not just any train, but a sophisticated express designed for the crème de la crème of acquisition professionals. The destination? A future where these professionals are leaders, influencers, and key contributors to the defense acquisition landscape. The ticket for this journey? The Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) Acquisition Exchange Program (AEP).
The Station: Background and Origins
The AEP is not a new rail line. Its tracks have been firmly laid since 2001, symbolizing DPC’s unwavering commitment to fostering talent in the acquisition community. With over 300 passengers (candidates) having embarked on this journey from various Services and Defense Agencies, the train has proven its worth time and again.
The Engine: Objective and Purpose
Powering this express is a powerful engine: DPC's goal is to offer participants a deep dive into the creation and execution of the DoD-wide acquisition policy. As passengers onboard this train, candidates find themselves in a DPC Directorate. Whether it’s Contracting eBusiness, Contract Policy, or Price, Cost and Finance, each compartment offers unique vistas, rich with learning opportunities to enhance pricing, contracting, managerial, and leadership skills.
Travel Itinerary: The AEP Cycle
For those considering this journey, here’s the travel Itinerary:
- August/September: Tickets release! An open call for potential travelers.
- November: Lucky travelers receive their golden tickets – the notification of approval.
- January: The grand journey commences, with the next trip slated from 23rd January to 31st December 2024.
This train is modern, embracing the needs of today. While there are plush compartments for in-person interactions like orientation and conference attendance, there’s also the convenience of remote work. And before you embark, you’ll know about the funding provisions from DPC for your journey.
Booking Your Seat: Application Process
To reserve your place on this esteemed journey, visit this website and be prepared for the journey: https://www.acq.osd.mil/asda/dpc/ops/aep.html
- Survey the Route: Start by examining the DPC website, pinpointing the destinations (areas) that appeal most to you.
- Ticket Booking: Fill in the application form, pairing it with your travel diary (resume).
- Eligibility: Only those who are current DoD government civilian employees can book a ticket.
- Confirmation: Once all bookings are made, DPC, acting as the train operator, will confirm your seat within 30 days post the booking deadline.
- Final Call: Don’t Miss the Train!
The Defense Pricing and Contracting Acquisition Exchange Program is not just a program; it's a journey. It's the express train to a world filled with opportunities, learnings, and growth. So, if you hear the distant whistle and the call of "All Aboard!", ensure you're on the platform, ticket in hand, ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Safe travels!