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CivicActions announces 13 DITAP graduates across seven federal agencies

Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

CivicActions is pleased to announce the graduation of its newest Digital IT Acquisition Professional (DITAP) cohort, which included 13 procurement officers from seven federal agencies.

DITAP was created to modernize how the federal government buys digital services. Specifically, it teaches students how to build flexible contracts that keep pace with changing technologies.

“The coursework has been dynamic and relevant. It will empower us as acquisition professionals to be agile ambassadors and digital diplomats,” said DITAP graduate Rodney-Daryl Jones, who serves as the Director of Information Technology Acquisition for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

He shared his commentary during the DITAP graduation ceremony on Aug. 30, adding that he hoped his fellow graduates would see themselves as change agents for better government.

“We’re now a national resource to help modernize and protect the United States government so that our nation can thrive,” he said.

The six-month DITAP program starts by covering 21st century digital services — including agile software development, human-centered design, cloud computing and data management. Students then learn how to contract these services, and ensure their projects are successful.

DITAP also enables contracting officers to be business advisors and change agents within their own agencies. This serves DITAP’s bigger goal of building a culture of innovative acquisition across the federal government.

Upon DITAP graduation, students earn their Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Core-Plus Specialization in Digital Services (FAC-C-DS). By 2022, the FAC-C-DS will be required for all federal contracting officers who manage contracts of $7M or more.

With this cohort, CivicActions is pleased to congratulate the following DITAP graduates, which are listed by their agency:

Department of Transportation (DOT)

  • Kyle Griggs, Contract Specialist

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Christopher Davis, Contracting Officer
  • Darren Gann, Contracting Officer
  • Rodney-Daryl Jones, Director, Information Technology Acquisition

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

  • Yolanda Cooper, Contracting Officer

Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Jennifer Browning, Branch Chief

Social Security Administration (SSA)

  • Katie Cooney, Division Director, IT Hardware and Maintenance

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

  • Yolanda Robinson-Freeman, Manager, Specialty Acquisition Branch
  • Ernesto Jayme, Contract Specialist

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Matthew Carnes, Contracting Officer
  • Robert Cortez, Contracting Officer
  • Scott Beckstrand, Chief, Strategic Acquisitions Division
  • Stuart Christianson, Contract Specialist

CivicActions is proud to be the nation’s only small business that is fully-authorized to provide DITAP training. For more information about our DITAP program, visit civicactions.com/services/ditap. If you’d like to request training, please submit your request here.

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