July 22, 2004
FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
Deputy Director for Management
Workforce Training Fund
The Services Acquisition
Reform Act of 2003 (SARA), Title XIV, Section 1412 of the National Defense
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (P.L. 108-136), established the Acquisition
Workforce Training Fund (AWTF) to support training of the civilian acquisition
workforce. The AWTF augments agency training and education funds for the
development of the acquisition workforce. This fund will be credited with
five percent of the fees collected on certain contracts as explained below.
Human capital continues to be a priority for the Office of Management and
Budget, and we encourage agencies holding these contracts to meet their
AWTF obligations on a timely basis.
In accordance with the
statute, the General Services Administration (GSA), through the Federal
Acquisition Institute (FAI), will manage the fund to ensure that the civilian
acquisition workforce has sufficient training to effectively and efficiently
acquire property and services. FAI will work with its Board of Directors,
which reports to the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, to establish
allocation priorities for the AWTF.
All non-Department of
Defense (DOD) executive agencies are required to deposit fees generated
by government-wide contracts to the AWTF account. The fund will be credited
with five percent of the fees collected by non-DOD executive agencies under
the following contracts:
government-wide task and delivery-order contracts entered into under
sections 303H and 303I of the Federal Property and Administrative Services
Act of 1949;
government-wide contracts for the acquisition of information technology
as defined in section 11101 of title 40, U.S.C., and multi-agency acquisition
contracts for such technology authorized by section 11314;
multiple-award schedule contracts entered into by the Administrator
of General Services.
GSA will send payment
instructions for crediting the fund to all civilian agency heads. If you
have questions on these instructions, please contact Bill Wilson at GSA
on (202) 208-6925. Please contact Lesley Field at the Office of Federal
Procurement Policy on (202) 395-4761, if you have any other questions.