Course Summary
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6 hours
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 acquisition management
Credit may only be received for this course by additionally completing ACQ 256 (DAU-0312). The total number of hours recommended for the completion of both courses is 2 semester hours at the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category.


The course objective is to improve tradecraft in the acquisition of services. The course is based on DoD Instruction 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services, and includes services acquisition roles and responsibilities; oversight and approval of contracted services portfolios; services acquisition seven-step process; requirements development, validation, prioritization, and oversight; and acquisition considerations for information technology (IT) services. ACQ 1650 is designed for individuals who need to improve their knowledge of developing and defining service requirements, supporting business strategies, coordinating review and approval of services contracts, and effectively managing the resulting contractor performance. However, this course may also serve as an opportunity for experienced acquisition personnel to improve their understanding of the service acquisition process, approval levels and reporting.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the role of services acquisitions in building and maintaining the mission capability of the Department of Defense (DoD) and essential elements of successful, best value services acquisitions
  • Recognize when DoDI 5000.74 applies
  • Identify the positions that establish policies, guidelines, and procedures for acquisitions of contracted services across DoD
  • Identify key management roles and responsibilities when acquiring contracted services to support DoD
  • Recognize what is accomplished during each phase of the Service Acquisition Process
  • Describe services portfolio management, the resulting benefits, the services portfolio management taxonomy, and the roles of key portfolio management participants
  • Describe the requirements development, validation, prioritization, and oversight processes, including the role of the Services Requirements Review Board (SRRB), requirements development team, Acquisition Strategy process, peer reviews, independent management reviews, and performance management metrics
  • Recognize IT services acquisition requirements related to Clinger-Cohen Act (CCA) compliance, alignment with DoD's Information Enterprise Architectures, enterprise IT services, and IT services management
  • Recognize requirements related to cybersecurity, personally identifiable information (PII), cloud computing services, accessibility of IT services, commercial cellular services, and commercial IT

General Course Topics:

  • Oversight and approval of contracted services
  • Services acquisition process
  • Requirements development, validation, prioritization & oversight
  • Acquisition strategies
  • Services contracts and management of contractor performance
  • Services acquisition reporting requirements
  • Acquisition considerations for IT services
Instruction & Assessment

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  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

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  • Examinations

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Supplemental Materials