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Legislative Authority

The responsibilities and statutory authorities of the Federal Acquisition Institute are stated in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act in Title 41 of the United States Code (41 U.S.C.). According to the Act, FAI is located within the General Services Administration and receives policy direction from the Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), which is part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

FAI's 12 Statutory Responsibilities

Foster and promote the development of a professional acquisition workforce Government-wide

Promote and coordinate Government-wide research and studies to improve the procurement process and the laws, policies, methods, regulations, procedures, and forms relating to acquisition by the executive agencies

Collect data and analyze acquisition workforce data from the Office of Personnel Management, the heads of executive agencies, and, through periodic surveys, from individual employees

Periodically analyze acquisition career fields to identify critical competencies, duties, tasks, and related academic prerequisites, skills and knowledge

Coordinate and assist agencies in identifying and recruiting highly qualified candidates for acquisition fields

Develop instructional materials for acquisition personnel in coordination with private and public acquisition colleges and training facilities

Evaluate the effectiveness of training and career development programs for acquisition personnel

Promote the establishment and utilization of academic programs by colleges and universities in acquisition fields

Facilitate, to the extent requested by agencies, interagency intern and training programs

Collaborate with other civilian agency acquisition training programs to leverage training supporting all members of the civilian agency acquisition workforce

Assist civilian agencies with their acquisition and capital planning efforts

Perform other career management or research functions as directed by the Administrator