H. R. 1424
To improve the Federal Acquisition Institute.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 7, 2011
Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia introduced the following bill; which was referred
to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
To improve the Federal Acquisition Institute.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Federal Acquisition Improvement Act of 2011'.
SEC. 2. ACQUISITION WORKFORCE IMPROVEMENTS.
(a) Workforce Improvements- Section 1704(b) of title 41, United States Code,
(1) by inserting after the first sentence the following: `The Associate
Administrator shall be chosen on the basis of demonstrated knowledge and
expertise in acquisition, human capital, and management.';
(2) by striking `The Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs
shall be located in the Federal Acquisition Institute (or its successor).'
and inserting `The Associate Administrator shall be located in the Office
of Federal Procurement Policy.';
(3) in paragraph (4), by striking `; and' and inserting a semicolon;
(4) by redesignating paragraph (5) as paragraph (6); and
(5) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new paragraph:
`(5) implementing workforce programs under subsections (f) through (k) of
section 1703 of this title; and'.
(b) Federal Acquisition Institute-
(1) IN GENERAL- Division B of title 41, United States Code, is amended by
inserting after chapter 11 the following new chapter:
`CHAPTER 12--FEDERAL ACQUISITION INSTITUTE
`1201. Federal Acquisition Institute.
`Sec. 1201. Federal Acquisition Institute
`(a) In General- There is established a Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI)
in order to--
`(1) foster and promote the development of a professional acquisition workforce
`(2) promote and coordinate Government-wide research and studies to improve
the procurement process and the laws, policies, methods, regulations, procedures,
and forms relating to acquisition by the executive agencies;
`(3) collect data and analyze acquisition workforce data from the Office
of Personnel Management, the heads of executive agencies, and, through periodic
surveys, from individual employees;
`(4) periodically analyze acquisition career fields to identify critical
competencies, duties, tasks, and related academic prerequisites, skills,
`(5) coordinate and assist agencies in identifying and recruiting highly
qualified candidates for acquisition fields;
`(6) develop instructional materials for acquisition personnel in coordination
with private and public acquisition colleges and training facilities;
`(7) evaluate the effectiveness of training and career development programs
for acquisition personnel;
`(8) promote the establishment and utilization of academic programs by colleges
and universities in acquisition fields;
`(9) facilitate, to the extent requested by agencies, interagency intern
and training programs; and
`(10) perform other career management or research functions as directed
by the Administrator.
`(b) Budget Resources and Authority-
`(1) IN GENERAL- The Director of the Office of Management and Budget and
the Administrator of General Services shall provide the Federal Acquisition
Institute with the necessary budget resources and authority to support government-wide
training standards and certification requirements necessary to enhance the
mobility and career opportunities of the Federal acquisition workforce.
`(2) ACQUISITION WORKFORCE TRAINING FUND- Subject to the availability of
funds, the Administer of General Services shall provide the Federal Acquisition
Institute with amounts from the acquisition workforce training fund established
under section 1703(i) of this title sufficient to meet the annual budget
for the Federal Acquisition Institute requested by the Administrator for
Federal Procurement Policy.
`(c) Federal Acquisition Institute Board of Directors-
`(1) REPORTING TO ADMINISTRATOR- The Federal Acquisition Institute shall
report through its Board of Directors directly to the Administrator for
Federal Procurement Policy.
`(2) COMPOSITION- The Board shall be composed of not more than 8 individuals
from the Federal Government representing a mix of acquisition functional
areas, all of whom shall be appointed by the Administrator.
`(3) DUTIES- The Board shall provide general direction to the Federal Acquisition
Institute to ensure that the Institute--
`(A) meets its statutory requirements;
`(B) meets the needs of the Federal acquisition workforce;
`(C) implements appropriate programs;
`(D) coordinates with appropriate organizations and groups that have an
impact on the Federal acquisition workforce;
`(E) develops and implements plans to meet future challenges of the Federal
acquisition workforce; and
`(F) works closely with the Defense Acquisition University.
`(4) RECOMMENDATIONS- The Board shall make recommendations to the Administrator
regarding the development and execution of the annual budget of the Federal
`(d) Director- The Director of the Federal Acquisition Institute shall be
appointed by, and report directly to, the Administrator.
`(e) Annual Report- The Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the
Senate and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee
on Appropriations of the House of Representatives an annual report on the
projected budget needs and expense plans of the Federal Acquisition Institute
to fulfill its mandate.'.
(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 1122(a)(5) of such title is amended to
read as follows:
`(5) providing for and directing the activities of the Federal Acquisition
Institute established under section 1201 of this title, including recommending
to the Administrator of General Services a sufficient budget for such activities.'.
(c) Government-Wide Training Standards and Certification- Section 1703 of
title 41, United States Code, is amended--
(1) in subsection (c)(2)--
(A) by striking `The Administrator shall' and inserting the following:
`(A) IN GENERAL- The Administrator shall'; and
(B) by adding at the end the following:
`(B) GOVERNMENT-WIDE TRAINING STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATION- The Administrator,
acting through the Federal Acquisition Institute, shall provide and update
government-wide training standards and certification requirements, including--
`(i) developing and modifying acquisition certification programs;
`(ii) ensuring quality assurance for agency implementation of government-wide
training and certification standards;
`(iii) analyzing the acquisition training curriculum to ascertain if
all certification competencies are covered or if adjustments are necessary;
`(iv) developing career path information for certified professionals
to encourage retention in government positions;
`(v) coordinating with the Office of Personnel Management for human
capital efforts; and
`(vi) managing rotation assignments to support opportunities to apply
skills included in certification.'; and
(2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
`(l) Acquisition Internship and Training Programs- All Federal civilian agency
acquisition internship or acquisition training programs shall follow guidelines
provided by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to ensure consistent
training standards necessary to develop uniform core competencies throughout
the Federal Government.'.
(d) Expanded Scope of Acquisition Workforce Training Fund- Section 1703(i)
of such title is amended--
(1) in paragraph (2), by striking `to support the training of the acquisition
workforce of the executive agencies' and inserting `to support the activities
set forth in section 1201(a) of this title'; and
(2) in paragraph (6), by striking `ensure that amounts collected for training
under this subsection are not used for a purpose other than the purpose
specified in paragraph (2)' and inserting `ensure that amounts collected
under this section are not used for a purpose other than the activities
set forth in section 1201(a) of this title'.
(e) Rule of Construction- Nothing in this section, or the amendments made
by this section, shall be construed to preclude the Secretary of Defense from
establishing acquisition workforce policies, procedures, training standards,
and certification requirements for acquisition positions in the Department
of Defense, as provided in chapter 87 of title 10, United States Code.