Have a burning question about defense acquisition?
Acquipedia may be able to help.
The online, collaborative portal, managed by the Defense Acquisition University, features 400 articles on common defense acquisition topics. Each entry provides a definition, a brief narrative and links to policy guidance and other tools.
Jill Garcia, a knowledge project officer at DAU, told In Depth with Francis Rose that while DAU faculty experts write the articles, everyday users can suggest new topics.
Garcia said the site primarily targets the defense workforce. “But it could be beneficial to anybody in the federal acquisition workforce,” she added.
“Getting the word out so that people know we have these resources online” has been a challenge, Garcia acknowledged. In fact, DAU has operated the site since 2009.
Despite its low profile, Garcia said the site has garnered praise from people who use it.
“What it does is aggregates a lot of content in a very succint, ‘Reader’s Digest’ kind of format for them,” she said, “and allows them to get high-value content very quickly.”
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.