Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification: a comparative analysis of certification versus qualification
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This project reflects extensive research on the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification process. Project participants analyzed the processes currently employed by the Department of Defense (DOD) for civilian Army acquisition Program Managers and compared these processes to other Services in relation to execution of the DAWIA certification process. Additionally, this project provides a comparative analysis of DAWIA compared to current DOD qualification initiatives. The intent of the project is to identify and provide recommendations for best of breed practices for maintaining a proficient workforce while preserving the integrity of the Army civilian Program Manager profession. While identification and recommendations for best of breed practices have been stated, the availability of qualification initiatives is either limited or emerging. As such, the researchers have identified future areas for further study. DAWIA addresses career path requirements in title 10, United States Code 1723 by stating that the Secretary of Defense acting through the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, shall establish requirements for the completion of course work and related on-the-job training and demonstration of qualifications in the critical acquisition-related duties and tasks of the career path. Workforce demographics are changing. The intent of the project is to examine current credentialing processes in place to maintain a proficient workforce and preserve the integrity of the profession. Prior research regarding the effectiveness of DAWIA exists. This project will leverage this available body of knowledge and will compare it to existing processes to identify more efficient mechanisms/certifications for qualifying civilian Army acquisition Program Managers..
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