Defense Bill Includes Acquisition Workforce Provisions

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The Federal Acquisition Institute is set to receive defense authorization bill measures targeted toward the civilian acquisition workforce, according to a Federal News Radio report.

The report said that the FAI Improvement Act, which was a part of the bill passed last week, re-affirms FAI’s oversight in acquisition workforce training.

The defense bill creates an associate administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to oversee workforce programs and requires that administrator to make budgetary recommendations to the General Services Administration for government-wide training and standards.

The bill would also create a FAI board of directors. The OFPP would appoint eight officials from various government acquisition function areas.

The FAI would also be required to work with the OFPP to develop training programs as well as to create guidelines for agencies’ internships and training programs.

As part of the internship provisions, agencies would have to appoint an intern coordinator and make that person’s contact information available on the Internet. Internship definitions would be updated and the Office of Personnel Management would practice exit interviews upon closure of the internship.

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