Digital IT Acquisition Professional Training (DITAP)
The USDS and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) have partnered to develop a digital IT acquisition professional community (DITAP). The first component of this community is a training and certification program for contracting officers, which is currently in its second round of piloting this effort. The goal of this effort is that this development program will be offered in multiple agencies, by various training providers, or by the Federal Acquisition Institute. There is currently no open course at this time, but check back to see more information about upcoming offerings of this program.
At this time we are not accepting nominations for the new cohort. We are working with training institutions and companies to have new DITAP Development Program courses soon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting notified as soon as courses are made available.
Current Federal procurement practices largely do not provide the flexibility required to buy and deliver modern digital services. Meanwhile, the pace of technological change continues to accelerate while citizen demand for Federal digital services increases. To meet this demand, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) and the U.S. Digital Service (USDS) needed an immersive development & training program to enhance digital services acquisition expertise across government agencies. This program is referred to as the Digital IT Acquisition Professional Program, or DITAP.
Ultimately, the goal will be for DITAP programs to be represented by Contracting Officers, Contracting Officer Representatives, and Program/Project managers as these key roles represent the acquisition ecosystem most in need of specialized training. However, as USDS and OFPP believe in testing a concept and then scaling the success, they focused on training for Contract Specialists/Officers initially, as having informed buyers is the lynchpin to acquisition success.
A Challenge was launched on Challenge.gov which you can access here called for open submissions and a prize to be paid out for a winner to design and pilot a new type of training & development program. The challenge was unique in that it was done in three stages and provided seed funding for design and piloting of the winning submissions. This was a highly successful activity as it provided the winning team to jointly build the program with digital service experts to come up with a superior training experience.
Graduates of the program will receive the FAC-C Core-Plus Digital Service Certification, which will be added to their records in FAITAS.
Now OFPP and USDS are working with federal training institutions and training companies to scale this program to the rest of the government.
- Have the ability to execute digital service procurements and act as qualified business advisors.
- Be equipped with the knowledge necessary to work directly within an agency digital services team or acquisition innovation lab to serve as a business advisor to the team, its customers, and its stakeholders.
- Gain the knowledge to lead agency training workshops and provide consultations in order to expand digital service procurement expertise within an agency and across the government.
Competencies and Performance Outcomes
|Digital Services in the 21st Century Government||Describe digital services in the 21st century, including what they are, who provides them, how they are delivered, and why they are important|
|Understand What You Are Buying||Determine the problem to be solved while effectively supporting and communicating with the customer and industry|
|How do you buy||Effectively use techniques for acquiring digital service solutions in your solicitation or acquisition strategy|
|Awarding & Administering Digital Service Contracts||Conduct and award digital service contracts, using and applying metrics and incentives appropriately, and applying proper course correction when necessary|
|Leading Change as a Digital IT Acquisition Professional||Apply techniques to create a culture of innovation within your sphere that enables you and others to effectively lead and influence customers to the best solutions|
|Application of Skills||Apply techniques learned in the course through various activities|
For Training Institutions
If you are interested in building and facilitating your own version of the DITAP training program, the program competencies are listed here FAI.gov
To access the content, facilitation resources, training guides, and all other course material access https://ditap.learning-transformation.com where you can register and get a read only account to the information.
It is the goal of USDS to make the edX training learning management system available as a free resource to both federal and non-federal entities to run their training programs. More information on this timeline will be coming soon.
DITAP Alumni List
Get contact information and see bios for all the DITAP alumni!