Online registration begins on May 16 for Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU) fiscal-year 2014 course schedule in Fort Belvoir, Va., one of many so-called corporate universities that U.S. government agencies and military services have established to advance the capabilities of their personnel and their contractors.
DAU is for individuals involved in defense procurement, and coursework is designed to meet the needs of students at all different stages of their careers. Dozens of courses are offered, ranging from fundamentals of systems acquisition management, to contract auditing, fraud awareness, cost analysis, and, of course, federal acquisition requirements. Refresher courses are also available.
The school has on-site and distance-learning classes. Registration is open to all U.S. government employees, as well as contractors doing business with the government, though each class sets aside space for military and other Department of Defense personnel.
This means that registration should be done as soon as possible, as there may be limited seats. There is no tuition for government or Defense Department personnel. A student’s government employer authorizes travel costs and per-diem expenses.
I’ll have more on DAU in a future posting.