NIH Delegated Acquisition Certification (DAC)

NIH implemented the NIH Delegated Acquisition Certification (DAC) on April 30th, 2019.  This certification is for non-1102s that reside outside of NIH’s 10 Offices of Acquisition. This program is designed to train, certify and maintain employee eligibility to receive and hold a Contracting Officer’s warrant. This program and certification allow those certified to receive delegated warrant authority up to $150K using pre-negotiated instruments.  Unlike the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) certification designed for the GS-1102 community, there is no educational requirement for this certification. 

Initial Certification: This program consists of experience and training requirements that must be met in order to receive the certification and then must be maintained every two years to continue to hold the certification.  The following are the requirements for NIH DAC.

Experience:

Six months previous acquisition experience utilizing Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP)

Training:

  1. Basic Simplified Acquisition or equivalent (40 hours)
  2. Advanced Simplified Acquisitions or equivalent (40 hours)
  3. HHS Appropriations Law (16 hours)
  4. Purchase Policy and Practice (12 hours minimum)
  5. Basic Simplified Acquisition Systems or equivalent (8 hour minimum)*
  6. Section 508 training (1 hour minimum)
  7. Green Purchasing Training (2 hours minimum)
  8. FAC069 Price Analysis (0.5 hours)
  9. FAC 085 Price Reasonableness for Simplified Acquisitions (0.5 hours)
  10. FAC 029 GSA Schedules vs. Open Market (2 hours)
  11. FAC 023 Basic Contracting (4 hours)
  12. FAC 048 GSA MAS Program: Buying Services Through GSA Schedules (4 hours)
  13. CON Wage Determinations 

 

Application:

NIH DAC Application

HHS Application Form

Re-certification: The NIH DAC must be maintained every two years from date of initial certification by meeting the 40 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) from the first date of certification until exactly two years from that initial date. 

FAI CSOD: Initial Certification will be processed utilizing package submission to NIH ACP (ACP@od.nih.gov) and in FAI CSOD.  

Revocation: Guidance has been suspended until further notice since all certifications do not currently expire in FAI CSOD

Extensions: Guidance has been suspended until further notice since all certifications do not currently expire in FAI CSOD.

Reinstatement: Guidance has been suspended until further notice since all certifications do not currently expire in FAI CSOD.

Any reinstatement request not received in this time period or the request is disapproved due to insufficient justification or the 40 CLPs have not been met, will result in all initial certification training requirements having to be retaken. 

Certification and warrants can still be revoked during the period of request for reinstatement. If revoked, a new warrant request will have to be submitted upon reinstatement. It is in the NIH DAC holders’ best interest to maintain their certification early in case unforeseen issues arise that prevent the holder from meeting their re-certification deadline.

 

Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) CLP Guidance

OALM Acquisition Career Program Office: ACP@nih.gov