ANNUAL REPORT ON THE FEDERAL ACQUISITION WORKFORCE FY 2007†
The Annual Report on the Federal Acquisition Workforce (the “report”) for FY 2007 identifies acquisition workforce highlights for the past year and summarizes workforce demographics across five federal occupational series that support federal acquisition programs as well as selected agency Program and Project Managers (P/PMs). While Contracting Officer’s Technical Representatives (COTRs) are included in an agency’s acquisition workforce, the requirement to enter COTRs into the Acquisition Career Management Information System (ACMIS) did not take effect during the data collection period for this year’s report. Preliminary P/PM and COTR data are presented here for the first time. However, because the data are not yet complete, these roles are not included in this year’s analysis.
In FY 2007, the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP):
- Established Federal Acquisition Certification programs for Contracting Officer’s Technical Representatives and Program/Project Managers (to standardize competencies within these roles and improve the collective stewardship of taxpayer dollars).
- Directed that agencies enhance recruiting/retaining top talent through improved acquisition intern programs, cross-agency rotational assignments, and special training for interns and new members of the workforce and supported this requirement through governmentwide activities at FAI.
- Directed and facilitated the first governmentwide contracting workforce competency survey, releasing initial results of the FAI survey in October 2007. The survey was voluntary and anonymous and was designed to gather baseline workforce information that agencies may use in strategic human capital planning.
- Initiated the Shine program to recognize the achievements of acquisition employees.
In January 2007, the Acquisition Advisory Panel (AAP) established under the Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA) issued a final report with 89 recommendations for improving federal acquisition and the Congress and Executive branch launched initiatives to respond to them.
The report presents the facts of acquisition workforce distribution across occupational groupings and agencies and points out demographics of significance in conducting strategic human capital planning for the acquisition workforce and executing policy promoting effective performance of federal acquisition responsibilities.