Category Management Online Learning Opportunities

Published on August 1, 2018

The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) establishes a long-term vision for creating a more modern, responsive Government—one that prioritizes mission outcomes, service delivery, and effective stewardship. In September 2017, The President’s Management Council and OMB’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy directed agencies to increase spend under management and Best-in-Class contract usage to drive a key PMA goal: increasing government-wide use of common acquisition solutions and best practices. To support agencies in meeting their respective targets, the Government-wide Category Management Program Management Office is delivering a variety of tools and resources, including the learning opportunities described below.

  • Category Management Foundations Course (FCL-GSA-0057 / 1.5 CLPs / 90 minutes) • Provides foundational information to Federal buyers on the intent and governance behind the category management initiative. After learning the basics, you will be introduced to Acquisition Gateway resources designed to help implement category management principles.
  • Category Management Foundations Express Course (FCL-GSA-0157 / .75 CLPs / 45 minutes) • Gives an abbreviated overview of category management to Federal buyers desiring a quick review before taking the Best-in-Class Acquisition Solutions course.
  • Best-in-Class Acquisition Solutions Course (FCL-GSA-0061 / 1.5 CLPs / 90 minutes) • Builds upon the Category Management Foundations course, providing actionable guidance for using Best-in-Class contracts, increasing spend under management, and meeting associated requirements and targets. Best-in-Class contracts offer significant opportunities to drive efficiency, increase small business usage, and ultimately achieve better buying outcomes. On the Acquisition Gateway’s Best-in-Class Resource page, you can learn more about the benefits associated with each contract here.
  • Government-wide Category Management Dashboard Demos (Multiple course numbers  / 1.5 CLPs each / 90 minutes) • Helps users with procurement analytics duties understand monthly updates to the Government-wide Category Management Dashboards and offers opportunities for questions and feedback. Through regular attendance and practice, you will learn to use the Dashboards to analyze available spend data.

Category Management Foundations and Best-in-Class Acquisition Solutions are appropriate for all types of Federal buyers (e.g., program CORs, analysts, COs, and Contract Specialists). To benefit fully from the Best-in-Class course, you need some basic awareness of category management. The Government-wide Category Management Dashboard Demos are most useful for analysts and leaders responsible for acquisition program analytics, strategy, and/or oversight.

Upcoming course times are listed below. Please contact Rachel Gillerlain (rachel.gillerlain@gsa.gov) with any questions about these courses. To inquire about custom training for your work unit, please contact your agency’s GSA National Account Manager.

All events will take place online via Adobe Connect at the times listed in the table below.

Upon registering, please create a calendar reminder for yourself with the login link found in the FAITAS posting, and test your ability to participate via Adobe Connect.

FAITAS Course ID

Government-wide Online Learning Opportunity Date

Time

(Eastern)

CLPs
FCL-GSA-0157 Category Management Foundations Express Course Wednesday, August 8 12:45-1:30 0.75
FCL-GSA-0061 Best-in-Class Acquisition Solutions Course Wednesday, August 8 2:00-3:30 1.5
FCL-GSA-2001 Gov-wide Category Management Dashboard Demo Thursday, August 9 2:00-3:30 1.5
FCL-GSA-0059 Category Management Foundations Express Course (full version) Wednesday, September 12 12:00-1:30 1.5
FCL-GSA-0061 Best-in-Class Acquisition Solutions Course Wednesday, September 12 2:00-3:30 1.5
FCL-GSA-2002 Gov-wide Category Management Dashboard Demo Thursday, September 13 2:00-3:30 1.5
FCL-GSA-0157 Category Management Foundations Express Course Wednesday, October 17 12:45-1:30 0.75
FCL-GSA-0061 Best-in-Class Acquisition Solutions Course Wednesday, October 17 2:00-3:30 1.5
FCL-GSA-2003 Gov-wide Category Management Dashboard Demo Thursday, October 18 2:00-3:30 1.5
FCL-GSA-0057 Category Management Foundations Express Course (full version) Thursday, November 8 10:00-11:30 1.5
FCL-GSA-0061 Best-in-Class Acquisition Solutions Course Thursday, November 8 12:00-1:30 1.5
FCL-GSA-2004 Gov-wide Category Management Dashboard Demo Thursday, November 8 2:00-3:30 1.5

To register for these classes:

  1. Log in to FAITAS at https://faitas.army.mil/faitas
  2. Click the Course Catalog button located in the My Current Training widget of your dashboard.
  3. Enter the FAITAS Course ID for the course that interests you into the Search Courses field.
  4. Hover your mouse over the FAITAS Course ID. When the card turns over, click the Details/Apply button to open the Course Details window.
  5. To select your desired class time, click the white FAITAS Class Number button.
  6. Click Apply to create a Training Request.
  7. Then click Submit Request at the bottom of the Training Request page to submit the request to your supervisor.