Registration open for summer focus week

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The next Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Focus Week will take place July 24 to 28 and registration is currently open.

As in the past, there are both local courses and those available via distance learning through Defense Collaboration Services. Organizers have highlighted certain offerings that they believe will be of interest to many personnel.

“Employees under AcqDemo have been requesting additional training,” said Brooke Belickis, AFLCMC Focus Week program manager. “We are pleased to offer sessions for both supervisors and employees during this AFLCMC Focus Week.”

At Hanscom, on Tuesday, July 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., “Contribution-Based Compensation and Appraisal System (CCAS) for Supervisors,” will take place at the Education Center. This one-day workshop is an intensive immersion into the supervisor’s roles and responsibilities during the AcqDemo CCAS process.

For employees under AcqDemo, there will be two sessions offered on “Writing an Annual Appraisal Self-Assessment in AcqDemo;” one on Wednesday, July 26, at 8 to 11:30 a.m. and the other from 12:30 to 4 p.m., also at the Education Center. This workshop focuses on strategies and techniques that help employees provide relevant, focused input on their contributions made during the AcqDemo appraisal period when writing their self-assessments.

For those who deal with Integrated Performance Management Reports, there will be a course offered on “IPMR Familiarization,” on July 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. Another offering here at Hanscom will be “Applying Systems Tool Kit for Multi-Domain Analysis and C2 Decision Support,” on Wednesday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Note that, for this course, a separate registration is required for access to the lab. There are also numerous other offerings geared toward specific functional communities, such as logistics.

Organizers ask that if a local course is being offered in addition to distance learning, such as “Conducting Successful Integrated Baseline Reviews,” that you attend in person at your site if possible.

“We want to make the courses available to as many personnel as possible,” said Belickis.

Some of this session’s DL courses include: “Procurement Fraud Process,” “Program Protection Planning,” “FMS Policy Updates,” “The Role of the Program Manager,” “Security Classification Guides, Understanding & Preparation,” and “Contractor Assessment Reporting System (CPARS).”

To see the entire schedule or register for a class, go to the Acquisition Now Continuous Learning website at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/acqnowcl/. Step-by-step instructions are available at https://cs.eis.afmc.af.mil/sites/PerMan/wkdev/focus/Continuity%20Documents/Applying%20for%20CL%20Courses%20in%20AcqNow.pptx.

Belickis noted that contractors may attend Focus Week classes as long as their government lead approves and their contract does not prohibit it. However, there are some programs that are inherently governmental, and there are others that may discuss items that are managed by a different contractor, and attendance by an outside company could provide an unfair competitive advantage. If this is the case, it is up to the course point of contact to approve contractor attendance.

“These training activities assist our personnel in adapting to the rapidly changing acquisition environment, while creating and reinforcing a strong learning culture,” Belickis said. “Take advantage of them to gain vital acquisition training or knowledge from a different discipline, and in many instances, you can earn valuable earn continuous learning points as well.”

For more information about AFLCMC Focus Weeks, contact Belickis at 937-255-0865.