VA Acquisition Academy — About Us
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|The VA Acquisition Academy (VAAA) was created to address the growing acquisition workforce challenge facing the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Government overall. With the downsizing from the last decade and the loss of institutional knowledge resulting from baby-boomer retirements, the acquisition workforce has been strained to keep pace with the increased amount of and complexities associated with outsourced work in support of the VA mission. In addition, oversight of the acquisition function across the entire Federal Government has grown dramatically in recent years. All of this, combined with recent mandates by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Institute to meet required certification standards for the acquisition workforce, prompted the VA to take action to build the VAAA.
Through our professional schools — Acquisition Internship, Contracting Professional, Program Management, Facilities Management, and Supply Chain Management — we are committed toward not only meeting OFPP certification mandates, but also toward ensuring that our training curriculum takes a holistic and synergistic approach to: