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Four new continuous learning modules added to DAU Web site.

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Continuous Learning Center is pleased to announce the availability of four new continuous learning modules:

* Business Management Modernization Program (BMMP)

* Provisional Award Fee Awareness

* Value Engineering (VE)

* Performance-Based Services Acquisition (PBSA)

BMMP Module

The BMMP module was developed in collaboration with the OSD Comptroller/Business Management Modernization Program Office. The module will introduce you to the Department of Defense (DoD)-wide initiative to transform business processes and standardize and integrate information systems and standards. The BMMP was established to:

* Transform and modernize business practices across the DoD.

* Capitalize on the DoD's strengths.

* Address the challenge of incorporating leading practices into DoD business management operations.

* Ensure that its warfighters have what they need when they need it, and that any resources freed up by improved operations can be re-directed to the core DoD mission.

The BMMP module will take approximately one hour to complete. It provides high-level information to government personnel, both military and civilian, at all grade levels.

Provisional Award Fee Awareness

The Provisional Award Fee Awareness module provides information and examples for the new DFARS guidance on provisional award fee payments. The final rule was published on Nov. 14, 2003, with an effective date of Jan. 13, 2004. This module explains the new DFARS guidance on the use of provisional award fee payments in cost-plus-award-fee contracts. It does not address when and how to use award-fee incentives in a contract.

Provisional award fee payments can be made only on a cost-plus-award-fee contract.

Value Engineering (VE)

The Value Engineering (VE) module is recognized as an effective technique for reducing costs, increasing productivity, and improving quality-related features of systems, equipment, facilities, services, and supplies for the purpose of achieving the essential functions at the lowest life cycle cost consistent with required performance. It is DoD policy to use VE to make a significant contribution toward greater economy in developing, acquiring, operating, and supporting the products necessary to fulfill its mission. This is an overview of VE for everyone, including program managers, systems engineers, logistics personnel, functional leaders, and contractors; and specifically for multidisciplinary government, military, and civilian personnel.

Performance-Based Services Acquisition (PBSA)

The PBSA module was developed in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Acquisition. Technology and Logistics (AT & L), and Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP). Implementing PBSA is not just a DoD initiative; various organizations need performance-based services acquisition. Currently, increasing use of performance-based services acquisitions is one of the Administration's top management initiatives, which have been reinforced at several levels throughout the Federal Government, including:

* President's Management Objectives

* Congressional Intent

* Procurement Executive Councils

* Department of Defense

* Defense Components

To access these modules, login to the DAU Continuous Learning Center at <>, select "Learning Center" and then select the "Course Information & Access" link. To launch the module, select the name from the list. You may also browse DAU CL modules by going directly to the module listing at: <>.
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Title Annotation:Career Development; Defense Acquisition University
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2004
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