Pentagon Holds Workshop for Early Career Procurement Workforce

Jeff Brody

Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, administered a workshop to determine the status and opportunities of the Department of Defense's procurement workforce. The workshop took place at the Pentagon and revolved around a variety of related topics including talent mobility, attraction and retention and work-life balance, DoD said Monday.

Nineteen representatives of the 38,000-member early career procurement workforce took part in the workshop. Service acquisition executives and 4th Estate leaders selected the workshop's participants.

“This workshop is only a first step, we plan to deliberately engage this sector of the workforce through additional workshops and other opportunities," said  Jose Gonzalez, acquisition and sustainment director of human capital initiatives at DoD.

"The participants will continue as a cohort and an extension of the HCI office to lead change initiatives and to assess broad acquisition reforms," Gonzales added.

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