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2015 American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council Acquisition Excellence Conference - Interview with Paul Gregory, Vice Chancellor, Program Management School and Federal News Radio 1500 AM (03/03/2015)
VA and NASA Win Multiple Innovation Awards - The Veterans Affairs Department earned three and NASA garnered two of the prestigious “Bright Ideas” for innovation awards announced on Wednesday by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. [From] (02/19/2015)

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Warriors to Workforce Program Graduates First Intern Class - W2W Interns are asked to create a team stand that symbolizes who they are and what they represent as a team. This is the inaugural W2W team’s stand. [Article from the VAntage Point Blog] (11/19/2014)
Once Upon A Time In Training - Employees not grasping your trainers’ lessons? The content may need a kick-start from storytelling. Illustrative anecdotes go a long way to helping learners get the point. [Article from the July/August 2014 edition of Training Magazine] (09/01/2014)
Leveraging Expertise and Resources - Over the past year, we’ve worked closely with the OFPP and the FAI to leverage our respective expertise and resources and reduce duplication of efforts so that we can deliver better and more cost-effective acquisition-related training to our Government-wide workforce. [Article from Issue 4 Spring FY 2014 FAI Quarterly Newsletter] (05/13/2014)
VA Warrior to Workforce Program - Interview with David Sella, Program Manager, VA Warrior to Workforce Program and Federal News Radio 1500 AM (03/25/2014)
Warriors to Workforce Program receives a 2015 Bright Ideas Award - Interview with David Sella, Program Manager, Warriors to Workforce and Federal News Radio 1500 AM (03/13/2014)
Acquisition Brain Drain; Episode 68 Government Contracting Weekly - Federal procurement professionals are under intense strain due to retirements, downsizing, and an increased demand for contract professionals. Guests, Melissa Starinsky, VA Affairs Acquisition Academy, RADM Lenn Vincent, Defense Acquisition University, and Steve Schooner, GWU discuss the challenges facing acquisition professionals and the steps being taken to address this "brain drain". [YouTube video from] (03/09/2014)

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Hiring Our Heroes: Filling the Acquisition Workforce Pipeline - On several occasions, throughout the spring and summer of 2013, we visited with and interviewed the Veteran Afffairs Acquisition Academy's Chancellor Melissa Starinsky, Program Management School Vice-Chancellor Richard Garrison and Acquisition Internship School Vice-Chancellor Joanne Choy. We were fortunate to tour the facility and learn how the Chancellor and her team are developing more government buying professionals to a higher standard and at lower costs. [Article from People Science - The Journal of Human Capital Management & Leadership Fall/Winter 2013-14] (12/01/2013)
Recapitalizing VA's Acquisition Workforce - The VA Acquisition Academy (VAAA) operates three intern training programs: a two-year Acquisition Internship Program to develop contract specialists; an intern program designed specifically for returning Veterans called the Warriors to Workforce Program, which offers training in acquisition and program management; and a Project Management Fellows program for aspiring mission-critical project managers. Each program uses a curriculum that includes formal instruction, skill-building workshops, business competency development, and on-the-job training, along with mission service projects to connect the interns to the mission of serving Veterans. (11/25/2013)
Government Matters - On a special Veterans Day edition of Government Matters, Melissa Starinsky, chancellor of the VA's Acquisition Academy, discusses the transition from combat Veteran to contract specialist. [Report from] (11/10/2013)
Bright Spots in Government, Take 2: VA"s Acquisition Internship School - Each year, the Academy's Acquisition Internship School initiates one cohort for each of the Internship Program and the Warriors to Workforce Program. [Article from] (08/28/2013)
Federal News Radio Interview with Melissa Starinsky - In Depth Show Blog — April 26 [1500AM] (08/09/2013)
How to measure training effectiveness - If some ways of training on similar topics produce better results than others, we need to learn what distinguishes success from failure so we can spread good practice. [From The Lectern Blog at] (08/08/2013)
Bridging the Knowledge Gap - Bright Spots in Government: VA Acquisition Academy’s Program Management Fellows Initiative. [Article from] (08/02/2013)
Program and Project Manager (FAC-P/PM) Update - New Entry-level PPM Course Developed by VA Acquisition Academy, Department of Energy, and Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) [Article from Issue 3 Summer FY 2013 FAI Quarterly Newsletter] (07/02/2013)
Program Managers Too Scarce in the Federal Government, Survey Concludes - The key to curbing government waste and duplication lies in training more specialists in program management, analysts said Wednesday at a Capitol Hill panel hosted by the House Government Efficiency Caucus. [Article from] (06/12/2013)
VA Warriors to Workforce Program Answers the Call to Serve - Though they come from different backgrounds and circumstances, the Veterans in the VA Acquisition Academy’s Warriors to Workforce (W2W) Program share more similarities than differences—a sense of duty and love of country, an unparalleled loyalty to one another borne of their military service, and all have experienced the wounds of war. ~Article from the Spring 2013 VAnguard (05/31/2013)
Meet Clifton Blount - One of the challenges of teaching the complexities of supply chain management is having the right experience to balance theory and practice in order to translate instruction into successful work practices in the field. [Extracted from Issue 5 May/June 2013 of the VA Supply Chain News] (05/06/2013)
Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy Welcomes a New Chancellor - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named Melissa Starinsky, a member of the Senior Executive Service, to serve as Chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy (VAAA). [Extracted from the Spring FY 2013 Edition of the Federal Acquisition Institute Quarterly Newsletter] (05/06/2013)
2013 CAOC/SBPAC Small Business Excellence Award Winners - Congratulations to the VA Acquisition Academy Internship School for being the winner of the 2013 Chief Acquisition Officers Council/Small Business Procurement Advisory Council Small Business Excellence Award for Innovation! [Extracted from the Spring FY 2013 Edition of the Federal Acquisition Institute Quarterly Newsletter] (05/06/2013)
Federal News Radio Interview with Melissa Starinsky - In Depth Show Blog — April 26 [1500AM] (04/26/2013)
Melissa Starinsky Named New Chancellor of VA Acquisition Academy - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently announced that Melissa Starinsky, a member of the Senior Executive Service, will serve as chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy (VAAA). [Extracted from the April 2013 Edition of the National Contract Management Association's Contract Management Magazine] (04/03/2013)
New acquisition academy head lays out goals - The government has done well in training its acquisition workforce to meet the contracting certification standards that the Office of Federal Procurement Policy laid out in 2006. Yet employees need to understand organizational leadership even when "playing in the sandbox," said Melissa Starinsky, the new chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy. [Article from] (02/04/2013)
VA Academy Gets New Leader - Melissa Starinsky, a member of the senior executive service, is the new chancellor of the Veterans Affairs Department's Acquisition Academy, the department announced Jan. 28. [Article from] (01/29/2013)

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