Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers

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Event Date
Start At : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 5:30pm
End At : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 6:30pm

Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers


Robert M. Tobias and Pat Barker


PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.


Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
Immediately before the Tysons Corner Dinner meeting.


Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA

About the Program

Robert Tobias and Pat Barker will discuss:
  • Why the traditional role of program managers (PMs) of overseeing program costs, schedule, and performance is self-limiting, a major reason for strategic- and program-level problems, and led to the establishment of Federal certification programs designed to establish consistent competencies and standards for those performing acquisition-related work in civilian agencies
  • The competencies and skills necessary for acquisition leaders in today’s acquisition environment
  • A suggested pathway to ensure that today’s PMs obtain the needed competencies and skills to create and sustain integrated cross-functional teams that have sufficient knowledge across functional areas, drive for results, create and maintain coalitions within and outside the organization, and, ultimately, provide the maximum value to their customers

About the Speakers

Robert M. Tobias

MacNultyRobert M. Tobias is currently the Director of Public Sector Executive Education at American University. He teaches and administers the Key Executive Leadership Programs that involve over 440 federal leaders seeking a Masters Degree in Public Administration or a Certificate in Leadership for Public Policy Implementation. He is also the Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation at American University.
Mr. Tobias was nominated by President Clinton and the Senate confirmed him as a member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board. The Board has broad strategic and budget oversight responsibility for the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Tobias was selected by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management John Berry and the Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III to be part of a three person Task Force to review and make recommendations concerning the Department of Defense National Security Personnel System. Mr. Tobias was selected by Thomas Ridge, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Kay Coles James, Director, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to the Human Resource Management System Senior Review Advisory Committee which was charged with reviewing the work of the Department of Homeland Security/Office of Personnel Management Design Human Resource team and providing options to the Secretary and the Director for their consideration. Comptroller General David Walker appointed Mr. Tobias to the Congressionally created Commercial Activities Panel, which studied privatization in the federal government and issued its report and recommendations to Congress on April 30, 2002.
Mr. Tobias is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and a frequent contributor to Federal Times, Government Employees Relations Report, and Government Executive magazine on current federal sector public policy implementation issues. Mr. Tobias also consults with a number of private sector and government clients on a broad variety of issues including strategic planning, leadership development, alternative dispute resolution, interest-based problem solving, and training. Prior to his work at American University, Mr. Tobias served for 31 years with the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) and from 1983-1999 as its President.
Mr. Tobias received his bachelor’s degree in pre-legal studies and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He graduated from the George Washington University Law School where he served as a professor on the adjunct faculty for 22 years.

Pat Barker

MacNultyPat Barker is a Technical Director in MCR’s Project Solutions Group and Chief Practitioner for MCR’s Program Assessment Practice, providing Integrated Program Management support across MCR. Pat leads a variety of small, special-purpose teams and provides consultant efforts and workshops for Industry and Federal Agencies, including DoD programs.  Efforts concentrate on interdisciplinary tasks, particularly those linking EVM, Risk, System Engineering, Cost and Schedule.  He typically leads MCR’s various efforts to enable small and mid-sized companies establish integrated performance measurement systems anchored in Earned Value Management and System Engineering.  Currently, Pat plays a key support role in two DoD initiatives to overhaul acquisition management workforce training, to include development of core competencies for Key Leaders and creation of a Acquisition Qualification Standards initiative in support of Defense Acquisition University.  Pat also helped lead the design and develop this joint program management certification program jointly with American University and MCR.

Prior to joining MCR Pat had over 20 years’ leadership, training and analysis experience in military and civilian positions, to include program office team leadership in risk management, system engineering and program control, modeling and simulation development and policy guidance in various DoD and civilian capacities. Academic experience includes a 4-year tour as an Assistant Professor of History at the USAF Academy, 2 years as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Lehigh University, and is currently an Adjunct Professor with American University.  Pat has extensive background in training and course development for almost two decades.  During his 20-year USAF career, Mr. Barker served in combat as a B-52 electronic warfare officer and later became functional manager in technology warning for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) supporting a multi-agency task for to help prevent illegal transfer of critical US technologies. Education: Pat holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Arts in History, both from Lehigh University.  He has begun PhD coursework in Business Leadership. Professional Memberships: Pat is a member of Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Council on System Engineering (INCOSE).  With almost three decades’ of experience in youth sports coaching, Pat is also a Certified Level 1 coach in the National High School Coaches Association and, Gold-Certified Coach for National Youth Sports Coaching Association, a certified trainer in the Positive Coaching Alliance and a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association. He also provides Civil War battlefield tours and “staff rides” where leadership and management themes are integrated into historical study.


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