The Acquisition Community of Change


Carole O-Brien-Rogan, DoJ


The Acquisition Community of Change (Acquisition CoC) is established by the Senior Executives Association (SEA) and is led by SEA members. The Acquisition CoC, within the limits of this Charter, and under the supervision of the SEA Board of Directors, works collaboratively with SEA members and key stakeholders to develop programs and policies that improve the overall effectiveness of senior executives and other leaders within the Federal government.

The Acquisition CoC is designed to be a secure platform from which SEA members and key stakeholders are able to effectively collaborate. The overall goal is to create an environment where SEA members and stakeholders are confident that their opinions are valued and will be included as part of the overall SEA Strategic Plan.

SEA members who participate in the Acquisition CoC will do so in his or her individual, non-official capacity, not while on duty, unless otherwise authorized by his or her employing agency. None of the reports, studies or other work products of the CoC are to be viewed as official SEA documents until approved by the SEA Board of Directors.

Focus Area

The CoC will explore creating a Capability Maturity Model for the acquisition world, similar to what exists for IT acquisition community.


  1. Provide a forum where SEA members and key SEA stakeholders can network and engage with one another professionally.
  2. Inform the SEA Board of Directors about important policy issues affecting the acquisition community.
  3. Provide a platform from which SEA members can learn about acquisition practices and programs that will enable members to be more effective in their jobs and careers.
  4. Produce reports, studies, and other products that are educational for SEA members and help inform SEA’s Strategic Direction.
  5. Develop a long-term strategy that sustains the CoC in the long-term.

Acquisition CoC Leadership & Membership & Structure

The Acquisition CoC will be co-chaired by two SEA members, one of whom must be a current career SES. The SEA Board of Directors will make the initial appointments of CoC co-chairs, who will serve two-year terms. Following these initial appointments, the membership of the CoC will vote at the SEA Annual Conference for new chairs on a biannual basis.

The co-chairs are encouraged to seek relationships with associations and other groups that share a common vision and mission to the Acquisition CoC. The co-chairs will recruit CoC membership from the following sources:

  • SEA Members
  • SEA Associate Members
  • SEA Rising Leaders
  • SEA Corporate Partners
  • Acquisition Associations & Special Interest Groups

Acquisition CoC Meetings and Reporting

The CoC will meet at least quarterly and will provide regular updates to the SEA Board of Directors about activities and progress toward CoC goals. An official Acquisition CoC business meeting will be held during the Annual SEA Conference.

Acquisition CoC Resources

SEA will provide the CoC with resources to function, including an online collaboration platform that enables members to participate remotely.

Other Provisions

The CoC will operate within the following guidelines:

  • The CoC cannot represent official SEA or PDL policy without the prior consent of the SEA Board of Directors.
  • The CoC is not authorized to collect, expend or commit SEA resources without the prior consent and knowledge of the SEA President.
  • All reports and other work products created by the CoC are non-binding on the SEA until the SEA Board of Directors officially approves those work products.


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