Established in 1976 under the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act, the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) has been charged with fostering and promoting the development of a federal acquisition workforce. FAI facilitates and promotes career development and strategic human capital management for the acquisition workforce.
FAI coordinates with organizations such as the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Chief Acquisition Officer Council, and the Interagency Acquisition Career Management Council to develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of the current and future acquisition workforce. In conjunction with its partners, FAI seeks to ensure availability of exceptional training, provide compelling research, promote professionalism, and improve acquisition workforce management.
FAI supports more than 50 comprehensive training courses in traditional and distance settings that range from the entry-level "Shaping Smart Business Arrangements" to team training such as "Performance Based Acquisition" and focused topics on "Risk Management" and "Earned Value Management" to prepare men and women for leadership in the acquisition workforce in which they serve.