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A Quick Response to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Quick Response to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility2022-05-19T12:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassEEB2139DEA54473584D300B3C88AD753">President Biden signed the E.O. 14035, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce, which led to the Government-Wide Strategic Plan to Advance DEIA in the Federal Workforce.<br> <br> DAU responded with a DAU DEIA Policy. In the policy, Mr. Woolsey, DAU President, explained that it is his policy to promote DEI&A within the organization by facilitating and supporting a DAU culture that values and practices inclusion of all DAU personnel, students, and mission assistance customers.<br> <br> Last week, a learner reached out to DAU and explained that when a Rise product is opened in MS Teams, a “Read Aloud” feature is active. The learner explained that having the material delivered through the Read Aloud function increased their learning. Hearing this important information for the first time, the course development team collaborated to determine the most efficient and effective way to incorporate the appropriate instructions into the course.<br> <br> Adopting DEI&A principles across the university takes on a variety of meanings. Supporting a workplace that offers every individual the opportunity to attain professional goals and contribute to the fulfillment of DAU’s mission is paramount. This means that the faculty who develop curriculum must be responsive to the needs of learners in multiple and creative ways that appeal to all.<br> <br> The DAU team developed a temporary template of screen shots and step-by-step instructions on accessing and utilizing the “Read Aloud” function. They developed a template to produce a video that can be used across the enterprise. Keep your eyes and ears open for this upcoming video.<br> <br> This simple gesture did not go unnoticed. The photo accompanying this blog was selected for the instructional asset. Inquiring about its appropriateness, we got the following response, “It’s a very approachable look. It’s also a very relaxed look. Sometimes when you are in a professional learning environment, the visuals can be ‘stuffy’ and visuals set the tone of the material. Having friendly and relatable visuals helps the learner to feel welcome. When I saw it, I instantly felt like my learning style was accepted, and I felt like DAU was aware and respected [my learning style]… Thank you for hearing me.”<br> <br> This is the essence of DEI&A. Being responsive to our learners, hearing their voices, and including them in the development process when possible.<br></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/A-Quick-Response-to-Diversity,-Equity,-Inclusion,-and-Accessibility
DARPA Training on Other Transactions-June 8 - 9 Training on Other Transactions-June 8 - 92022-05-16T12:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassFDB83864818B49448936A63A2C62407E">The DARPA Contracts Management Office (CMO) will be providing comprehensive training on the proper use and nuances of Other Transactions June 8 (8am-4pm) - June 9 (8am-12pm). The Other Transactions authorities allow DoD to award R&D and prototype agreements that are outside the normal government acquisition laws and regulations and allow for more flexibility than is often found in traditional government acquisition vehicles. Use of this authority has allowed DARPA and the Department to attract performers who might otherwise avoid working with the Government or have never had Government contracts. This day and a half training will discuss not only the history and overview of the OT statutes but best practices and lessons learned in their use. DARPA was the first DoD agency to award OTs beginning back in 1989 and has a long, successful history using them. <br> <br> This training will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams and both government employees and contractors are welcome to attend. Attendees may attend for the entire training or any part that interests them and those attend the entire training will be eligible for 10 CLPs. Anyone who would like to attend should register at our website <a href=""></a>. Once your registration is received, you will receive an email confirmation and the Teams link will be sent to you shortly before the training date. <br> <br> If you have any questions about the training, please send them to</div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/DARPA-Training-on-Other-Transactions-June-8---9
All Things Small Business Podcast visits with Mr. Chistoph Mlinarchik Things Small Business Podcast visits with Mr. Chistoph Mlinarchik2022-05-13T12:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass638E1893ED1E47C7A70EA13451D5E589">Take a break and listen to the All Things Small Business podcast series. For episode 22, we visit with attorney, consultant, expert witness, and writer, Christoph Mlinarchik who says he is “all about small business”. He has served in government contracting officer roles, supported the DoD Office of Small Business Programs with policy and regulatory advice, served as legal counsel for a small business defense contractor, and now owns his own small business. He is also the author of a trio of books that simplify the contracting process by putting terms in plain English and by avoiding the use of legalese. The books have maintained a Five-Star rating on Amazon and are aimed at both government contracting insiders and potential new entrants. The three books are; <em>Government, Contracts in Plain English</em>,<em> Federal Acquisition Regulation in Plain English,</em> and <em>Government Contracts Negotiation, Simplified!</em><br> <br> This podcast is extremely informative and provide practical knowledge on help that is available to small businesses trying to navigate the cumbersome DoD acquisition process before and after contract award. He addresses several key mistakes that small business owners make to their own detriment and he answers his own question on whether or not the Federal Acquisition Regulation applies to federal contractors. If this piques your interest, you’ll have to listen to hear his answer. He also provides suggestions to help small businesses overcome some of their big challenges they face in the DoD marketspace.<br> <br> Mr. Mlinarchik closes by providing three tips for small business owners that will help them perform as prime and subcontractors on DoD procurements. The tips are: <ul> <li>Get definite payment terms rather than the typical “paid when paid”</li> <li>Expand your network of potential teaming partners</li> <li>Pay attention to the FAR clauses and terms in your contract</li> </ul> You can learn more about Christoph Mlinarchik and his books at <a href=""></a>.<br> <br> You can listen to episode 22 at <a href=""></a> or by subscribing to the <a href="">All Things Small Business podcast series </a>via the Apple store.<br> <br> The All Things Small Business podcast series can also be found on the DAU Industry Support page at <a href="/industry-support/p/doing-business-with-the-department-of-defense"></a><br> Just scroll down to the podcast section, click on the red “Listen Now” button, and select the podcast of your choice.<br> <br> Feel free to reach out to <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a> if you want to participate as a future guest.<br></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/All-Things-Small-Business-Podcast-visits-with-Mr--Chistoph-Mlinarchik
Get Ready for a New Credential: CCON 016 Data Analytics and Visualization Ready for a New Credential: CCON 016 Data Analytics and Visualization2022-05-13T12:00:00Z 020.JPG, 020.JPG 020.JPG<div class="ExternalClassA2631D023A1946BC91010C816E40CA49">Does your organization deal with volumes of data? Would you find it helpful to know how to analyze and display this information to help make better business decisions? To learn more about how to analyze and display data using advanced Excel functions, creative visualizations, and powerful automation features, enroll in CCON 016, Data Analytics and Visualization Credential.<br> <br> CCON 016 will equip the learner with a comprehensive set of tools for transforming, linking, and analyzing data; including a broad range of charts and interactive dashboards. The credential opens with a short video of senior leaders explaining why this skillset is so important to the contracting and pricing workforce. We then leverage three Coursera courses from Macquarie University: Excel Fundamentals for Data Analytics, Data Visualization in Excel, and Excel Power Tools for Data Analytics. We complete the credential with a short course that provides information on how and where this skillset is useful in the DoD.<br> <br> CCON 016 is scheduled to deploy on 5/13/2022. To learn more about the credential, go to: <a href="">CCON 016 Excel Skills for Data Analytics and Visualization Credential (</a><br></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Get-Ready-for-a-New-Credential---CCON-016-Data-Analytics-and-Visualization

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