LETTERS: Acquisition workers left out

LETTERS: Acquisition workers left out

Your story, 'Clinton signs flexible-hiring bill,' points out that the 2000 Defense authorization bill contained the Federal Contractor Flexibility Act of 2000, which allows substitution of training and experience for a four-year degree [GCN, Nov. 20, 2000, Page 3].

I must assume this is only in information technology because Section 808 of the same authorization bill changed the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act to require a four-year degree for members of the acquisition community.

This new requirement includes all acquisition work force members currently in the field, including those who entered the field prior to 1981 and who had been grandfathered by the original act.

The latest change was a well-kept secret and only widely disseminated once included in the final bill.

This change means the government no longer accepts training and experience for even the most seasoned professionals.

These individuals cannot be considered for promotions or even lateral moves within the field.

It would be interesting to know who actually sponsored this bill. The acquisition community certainly wants to know!

Edna Van Lieu

Director of peninsula contracting

Army Transportation Center

Fort Eustis, Va.

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