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Analyses of the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce

Analyses of the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce: Update to Methods and Results through FY 2011

Susan M. Gates
Elizabeth Roth
Sinduja Srinivasan
Lindsay Daugherty
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 92
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    Analyses of the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce
    Book Description:

    The organic defense acquisition workforce oversees defense acquisition programs from start to finish. RAND has been providing ongoing analysis of the workforce. This volume documents revisions to methods summarized in an earlier report, describes the workforce through fiscal year 2011, and provides a user’s manual for a model for projecting workforce needs through 2021 under different assumptions about the future.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8326-5
    Subjects: Technology, History, Management & Organizational Behavior

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xi-xvi)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xix-xx)
  9. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-6)

    The defense acquisition workforce (AW) comprises military personnel, civilian employees of the Department of Defense (DoD), and contractors who perform functions that are related to the acquisition of goods and services for DoD. In 2006, RAND National Defense Research Institute began a collaboration with DoD to develop data-based tools to support analysis of the organic defense AW, which includes military and DoD civilians but not contractors. RAND published a report in 2008 that documented the construction of the data set and the analytical methods used to examine these data (Gates et al., 2008). The report also provided descriptive analyses of...

  10. CHAPTER TWO Overview of Changes to RANDʹs Workforce Analysis Methodology
    (pp. 7-14)

    Gates et al., 2008, fully describes our data sources and original methods. For the sake of brevity, we review only the data sources in this chapter and provide greater detail on the changes made in our data definitions, analytical approach, and models. We have made a number of improvements in these areas since the earlier report. These changes came about through the process of working with the data and from interacting with DoD on policy-related questions specific to the AW.

    The analyses we present in this report are descriptive. Unless otherwise noted, the descriptive information on the civilian AW and...

  11. CHAPTER THREE DoD Civilian Acquisition Workforce Descriptive Overview FY 2011
    (pp. 15-30)

    This chapter provides updates to descriptive analyses presented in Gates et al., 2008. We describe the current state and highlight differences between the FY 2011 civilian AW and the FY 2006 civilian AW. The AW growth initiative reflected a major DoD policy shift, and managers and policymakers can use this updated information to assess the extent to which the growth goals are being achieved. In addition, updated workforce information provides managers with insights into the effects of the Great Recession on attrition. In this chapter, we also describe the defense science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. There is substantial...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Projections for the Civilian Acquisition Workforce
    (pp. 31-44)

    This chapter presents results from our updated DoD AW projections and for important workforce subcomponents. We used a modified version of the model described in Gates et al., 2008. The new version of the projection model differs from the prior version in two important respects. First, the model is now based on YORE rather than YOS. As described in Gates et al., 2008, YORE is more strongly correlated with separation rate. Regular retirement eligibility is determined by three factors: YOS, age, and retirement plan. These factors combined are more strongly correlated with retention than YOS alone. Second, we added an...

  13. CHAPTER FIVE The Military Acquisition Workforce and Its Implications for the Civilian Acquisition Workforce
    (pp. 45-50)

    This chapter presents insights on the military AW based on our analysis of DoD data. The first section provides a descriptive overview of the military AW. The second section describes the relationship between the military and civilian workforces and how it varies by service. The third section discusses the military AW as a source of new hires into the civilian AW.

    We have made two refinements to the analysis of the military workforce over Gates et al., 2008. These changes are due largely to several years of experience with the military WEX data. First, we adjusted measurement of several career...

  14. CHAPTER SIX Conclusions
    (pp. 51-52)

    The DoD AW supports military readiness and ensures that DoD gets the best value for its contract expenditures. Understanding the makeup of the AW population and tracking changes in the population over time are important to ensure effective management and planning. To support AT&L Human Capital Initiatives efforts to manage and develop strategic plans for the workforce, our analysis documents a number of characteristics of the AW workforce and tracks changes in the population since FY 2006. The report also documents a number of improvements to RAND’s AW projection tool.

    Growth in the civilian AW appears to have met the...

  15. APPENDIX A YORE Inventory Projection Model: Technical Details
    (pp. 53-62)
  16. APPENDIX B Summary Information on AW Gains and Losses
    (pp. 63-70)
  17. Bibliography
    (pp. 71-73)