Guidelines for certification are nearly done

Robert Burton

The Chief Acquisition Officers Council is reviewing for final approval acquisition workforce certification guidelines for all civilian agencies.

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has asked the council to approve its draft policy that details the education, training and experience required to be considered an acquisition expert.

'We are standardizing this governmentwide for the first time,' said OFPP associate administrator Robert Burton, who also is managing the office.

'We are following the Defense Department's model for the most part. We are differing with the education requirement to be a level 1 or level 2 contracting officer, however.'

OFPP would release the policy early next year for all feds who fit under the General Schedule-1102 job series, Burton said late last month during a panel discussion on acquisition issues sponsored by the Industry Advisory Council and the American Council for Technology in Falls Church, Va.

'This will allow for horizontal mobility across government, and it will make acquisition more attractive to people as a career,' Burton added.

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