The Partnership for Public Service's leadership development programs: Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program (LEAP) and Excellence in Government Fellows Program (EIG) provide federal government employees premier leadership development training.
Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program (LEAP) is for federal contracting professionals seeking to develop the leadership and business skills necessary to take on future government leadership roles. As part of the eight month program, LEAP teams embark on capstone projects that enable them to reinforce lessons learned and apply those skills towards an acquisition-related leadership project.
Excellence in Government Fellows program is a year-long leadership development course for federal employees at the GS-14 to GS-15 levels. Fellows remain in their full-time jobs and meet virtually every two months in a series of six multi-day sessions, three virtual sessions and two 1:1 coaching sessions. This program is designed to develop strong leadership skills through application-based learning, highly interactive activities, authentic self-reflection, personalized coaching and governmentwide networking.
In support of those programs, the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) has agreed to provide dedicated space on our website to share some of the LEAP and EIG capstone projects.
The information and opinions expressed within these LEAP and EIG capstone projects do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of FAI. FAI assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the content provided, and FAI does not officially endorse these projects. For information on specifics pertaining to this content, we direct you to the specific LEAP and EIG team members identified with each project.
For more information on the LEAP and EIG program, as well as other Partnership for Public Service programs for the federal workforce, please visit: https://ourpublicservice.org/programs/.
• Federal Contracting Series (GS-1102) Information Brochure will increase visibility of the 1102 career field and is available for use on the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) website under the LEAP page. The brochure contains basic information about the 1102 series to share with college and high school students both in person and virtually. Agencies in the federal government as well as professionals at high schools and colleges will find the brochure useful in introducing students to the 1102 career field and opportunities therein.
Recommended use of the trifold brochure:
- Access the brochure on the FAI LEAP page to download a copy.
- Download and print the brochure to share with college and high school students. The brochure may be distributed at career fairs or shared with career centers as general information about a career in the federal contracting series.
- The brochure may be shared electronically to college and high school students via distribution lists. It could be sent out with newsletters, via email, and to accompany frequent job postings for 1102 positions including interns (USAJOBS.gov).
- The brochure may be modified to provide relevant contact information for specific agencies.
- A Quick Response (QR) code on the brochure links back to a virtual copy of the brochure on the FAI's LEAP page to quickly and easily access links provided on the brochure including those for FAI, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and USAJOBS.
For specific questions or information on this 1102 brochure, please contact one of the LEAP team members:
• Operation Acquisition: College Students Video The project's purpose is designed to address the challenge of drawing attention to college students to the contracting 1102 job series as one solution to alleviate the future shortage of federal personnel working in this field. The objective is to provide useful recruitment tools to Government Agencies and educational stakeholders through an eye-catching recruitment video and accompanying handout to promote the benefits of working in the job field in order to attract a new generation of young professionals to fill those open positions.
- Accompanying editable Operation Acquisition: College Students Handout to aid in college student recruitment, also available as a PDF or PPTx file.
- Operation Acquisition: College Students Video in MP4 Format
For specific questions or information on Operation Acquisition: College Students, please contact one of the LEAP team members:
• Federal Contracting Careers 101. The Contracting Careers 101 guide is a "one stop shop" targeted to college students interested in learning more about the contracting profession in the Federal government. Acquisition professionals in the Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program (LEAP), Partnership for Public Service created this guide to increase the awareness of this fantastic and rewarding career! Specific areas of interest and links include:
- FAQ About the Contracting Career
- Hear From Real Contracting Professionals in Video Spotlights
- Search for Contracting Career Jobs
- General Contracting Career Information
- Veterans Information
For specific questions or information on Federal Contracting Careers 101, please contact one of the LEAP team members:
• 1102 Career Map. The Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program (LEAP), Partnership for Public Service is pleased to announce the launch of an 1102 Career Map. This interactive GPS map will help guide you through your career path journey, starting at GS 7-9 entry level, and spanning through the GS 12-13 level. Along this journey, you will be directed to points of interest associated with each level. Specific areas of interest include:
- Education and Certification
- Experience and Related Assignments
- Traits and Skills
Accompanying the map is a podcast series that will help guide and shape your journey. (Stay tuned for the level 3 podcast.) For on-the-go listening to the podcast, try using fai.gov on your mobile phone!
For specific questions or information on this 1102 Career Map, please contact one of the LEAP team members:
For specific questions regarding the "Leadership" Map, please contact one of the LEAP team members:
• Mitigating the Pitfalls of Technical Evaluations (Best Practices). A tool developed by Government-wide acquisition professionals while attending the Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program (LEAP), to assist technical evaluation board and panel members in mitigating common pitfalls of the source selection process. Best practices improve the overall deliverance of best value products and services to the Government, while maintaining public trust and fulfilling public policy objectives.
- Mitigating the Pitfalls of Technical Evaluations
- Tips for Writing Technical Evaluation Documentation
- Individual Technical Evaluation Document (Poor USTA_IT)
- Individual Technical Evaluation Document (Excellent USTA_IT)
• Desktop Reference Guide of Top 10 Key Concepts. A tool for teaching leadership concepts developed by Government-wide acquisition professionals while attending the Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program (LEAP) in cooperation with the Partnership for Public Service. The Guide offers a searchable set of learning materials in power point focused on Top 10 Key Concepts presented in LEAP to serve as a ready-made professional, presentation for you to use to develop leaders at all levels. The Guide is yours to tailor and fit your home organization. The materials are designed to use as 10 individual one hour sessions or condense into a 1-2 day program. Leadership skills improve the overall performance of the federal workforce and result in delivery of best value products and services to the Government.
For specific questions or information on Desktop Reference Guide, please contact one of the LEAP team members:
• Market Research Roadmap for Determination of Acquisition Strategy. The roadmap was developed by Government-wide acquisition professionals while attending the Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program (LEAP) in cooperation with the Partnership for Public Service. The roadmap addresses the most common problems experienced when conducting market and offers a single point of reference for acquisition professionals, placing the required market research steps in a visual and chronological order. Each block on the Roadmap provides additional information on each "step" in the market research process, and has hyperlinks embedded for quick access to usable resources. The Roadmap is yours to tailor and fit into your Agency's Small Business Review form and documentation process. The Roadmap is designed to save valuable time in the Procurement Action Lead Time (PALT) by enabling acquisition professionals to submit and complete comprehensive market research reports the first time, avoiding rejection and resubmission, through the use of a more efficient and effective process.
For specific questions or information on the Market Research Roadmap, please contact one of the LEAP team members:
• CO Toolkit. The Contracting Officer Toolkit is a knowledge based, ready reference guide, developed by the Fall 2020 LEAP team in partnership with FAI. The CO Toolkit is intended to provide acquisition workforce members with a comprehensive set of links to policies, resources, training, certifications and communities of practice all in one place, in an easy to use format, Each heading will take you to the section with relevant links for your use; each section provides a link to return to the top of the page.
• Federal PM Series (GS-0340) Learning and Development Roadmap. This is a revised version of the product delivered to Partnership for Public Service’s Excellence in Government leadership on 4/6/21 and this was revised as 4/11/22. The purpose of this roadmap is to provide Program and Project Management Professionals and their supervisors with the competencies to enter, to be reskilled, and to be redeployed in the 0340-career field and recommendations the learning and development required to acquire them. The competencies identified are those that are projected for program/project managers to remain in the profession in the future. The learning and development recommendations are multi-modal: certifications, college programs, on-the-job training, mentors, and other learning and development modes. Additional competencies are found in the OPM GS-0340 Occupational Series Flysheet, the FAC-PPM Competency Model, and the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act. New Program and Project Professionals should use this roadmap early in their professional career to develop a training plan with their supervisor.
For specific questions or information on this roadmap, please contact one of the following EIG team members:
- LaTanya Anderson, DOI
- Brandi Henderson, GSA
- Stephanie Shaw, NTSB
- Dave Shepherd, DHS
- Jennifer Wagner, HHS