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09/9/2021 9:27 AM

​This podcast is about 80 priority DoD recommendations including:  Inadequate metrics, incomplete data, decreased readiness due to deployments

9/9/2021 9:27 AMNo
15/4/2021 11:11 AM
In 2018, the Army solicited for the Software and Systems Engineering Services Next Generation (SSES NEXGEN) for Army Data, Architecture, Content/Knowledge Management Solutions (DACMS) effort under the Unrestricted Suite.  Requirements included Data Architecture, Army Data Management Program, Strategic Services Architecture Support, Data Centric Solutions, and Content/ Knowledge Management Solution Services. How's SSES doing?  Data at a glace for SSES NGen may be found at GOVTRIBE, but please note that you only get 1 free view per month. It's interesting what you can do with data and worth using that free look!  Here's the question.  Where can I find info on SSES on a Government (Army) web site?  Appreciate your help!

ADAM STROUP8/25/2021 2:22 PMNo
111/4/2019 6:20 PM

Jul 21, 2021. ​Is there a Biden Administration action that reverses this?

On Oct. 31, 2019, a President Trump Executive Order revokes EO 13495 of Jan. 30, 2009, which gave Service Contract Act employees’ Right of First Refusal with a successor employer.  This is the Final Rule published in the Federal Register implementing this action.

ADAM STROUP7/15/2021 9:48 AMNo
16/8/2021 11:21 AM
[Update 8 Sep 21] see the new ACQuipedia article, CMMC

[Updated 11 Jun 21] The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)), working with DoD stakeholders, University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC), and industry, developed the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework.

This announcement is to help you start to navigate the complexities of DFARS, NIST 800-171, and now Cybersecurtiy Maturing Model Certification (CMMC). Is industry in compliance? What does all of this mean?
- required cybersecurity controls are found in NIST 800-171 Rev 2 ; it does update frequently
- DFARS Clauses that may be on your contract
  o DFARS 252.204-7012, Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting 
  o 252.204-7020 NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Requirements.
  o 252.204-7021 Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Requirements.
- DoD CMMC web sites
  o NAVWAR's Cyber COP milSuite [requires a profile and CAC]
  o USD(A&S) CMMC web site (last updated Dec. 2020)
DAU Webinar on CMMC, June 2020

What must indutry do?  Perhaps acquire Cyber Compliance as a Service.
– Supply Chain Risk Assessments
– Business Unit Readiness Assessment
– CMMC Readiness Assessments
– Cyber Compliance Remediation Services

Where to report cybersecurity incidents?  Rapidly report cyber incidents to DoD at

Send me outher resources and I will share if appropriate.

ADAM STROUP6/11/2021 9:22 AMNo
110/9/2020 12:11 PM

First, with the Back to Basics (BtB) memo (also available on the Policy Tab here in the community), things are changing.  I think more seats will become available for our non-acquisition personnel performing services acquisition functions.  ​Last year we had 81 Priority 9s graduate from an ACQ265 (38) or ACQ265V (43)--slightly more once ACQ 265 went virtual.  Currently, for FY21 there are 14 ACQ265Vs in ATRRS and 4 are just about full.  NOTE:  the schedule only goes out to 2QFY21, so I expect to see more offerings added after the new year.

If you are a non-acquisition workforce member, you're a priority 9.  What that means is you will be waitlisted for any of these offerings until 1 month out.  At one month out, if there's a seat available, it's filled from those Priority 9s that are on the waitlist.  It's your seat now--you won't be bumped.  The other trick is to contact DAU and attempt to gain a seat from any no-shows on the first day of class.  Ask if you can get access to the ACQ265 pre-classroom work so you are ready for class on day 1.  On average, I fill one seat per class this way.  So if you are proactive and have some flexibility, you have a much better shot at getting into a class.

Here's my Second thought:  With the BtB and the six functional areas streamlining the required training, more seats are likely to be available when ACQ265 is no longer required (currenly ACQ265 is on a pick list for Logistics and Contracting).  This isn't locked yet, but it's my prediction (Stroup, editor, ACE for Services).  Hopefully we still see contractiong and logistics professionals in ACQ265 as they find a need to learn about services acquisitions. 

Third.  Rules for use of credentials are to be written.  The BtB memo tasks Human Capital Initiatives (HCI) with revising DoDI 5000.66 and a lot of thought needs to go into the policy about use, prioritization, expiration of credentials.  My input on the matter is that re-qualifying ought to be something much more engaging then retaking the current exam (that should keep me busy in the future). You'll find the current rules on the DAU Credentials page

I'd be happy to hear your thoughts!  And a reminder that there exists great training for services acquisition that has no waitlist because it's entirely on line.  ACQ 1650, ACQ 256 (that's the tools course), CLM 006 (soon to be ACQ 0060) (Cost Estimating), all OLTs, had over 2500 Priority 9 grads last FY.  Stop by the training tab here on the ACE for Services home page for more info on DAU Learning Assets.  Happy new fiscal year!  Ad

ADAM STROUP2/19/2021 9:48 AMNo

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