A New Paradigm for Training the Acquisition Workforce

One trillion dollars. That’s trillion with a capital “T”, folks. Our acquisition community is responsible for managing that amount and more on an annual basis through contracts, grants, and loans. In contractual expenditures alone, the figure is in the neighborhood of $530 billion per year. We as taxpayers might presume that these public servants have a systematic training program to prepare them for future job responsibilities. Unfortunately, we the taxpayers would be wrong.   The current aversion to investing in federal workforce training can be linked to the misguided behaviors of a few civil servants who, within the last two years, spent upwards of $7 million dollars on extravagant, much-publicized conferences for their employees. As a result, agencies have nearly eliminated training budgets (which includes … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of PCI’s staff and instructors, Happy Thanksgiving. To show our appreciation for your support during the first few months of our blog we would like to invite you to take advantage of some free online training.  Training in the following topics is available at publiccontractinginstitute.com/training/  (Log in as a guest): –   Introduction to  Government Contracting –   Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Overview –   Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Overview