(1) The Chief Acquisition Officer and any flag officer serving in the Acquisition Directorate shall be an acquisition professional with a Level III acquisition management certification and must have at least 10 years experience in an acquisition position, of which at least 4 years were spent as-
(A) the program executive officer;
(B) the program manager of a Level 1 or Level 2 acquisition project or program;
(C) the deputy program manager of a Level 1 or Level 2 acquisition;
(D) the project manager of a Level 1 or Level 2 acquisition; or
(E) any other acquisition position of significant responsibility in which the primary duties are supervisory or management duties.
(2) The Commandant shall periodically publish a list of the positions designated under paragraph (1).
(3) In this subsection each of the terms "Level 1 acquisition" and "Level 2 acquisition" has the meaning that term has in chapter 11 of this title.
(1) monitoring the performance of acquisition projects and programs on the basis of applicable performance measurements and advising the Commandant, through the chain of command, regarding the appropriate business strategy to achieve the missions of the Coast Guard;
(2) maximizing the use of full and open competition at the prime contract and subcontract levels in the acquisition of property, capabilities, assets, and services by the Coast Guard by establishing policies, procedures, and practices that ensure that the Coast Guard receives a sufficient number of sealed bids or competitive proposals from responsible sources to fulfill the Government's requirements, including performance and delivery schedules, at the lowest cost or best value considering the nature of the property, capability, asset, or service procured;
(3) making acquisition decisions in concurrence with the technical authority, or technical authorities, of the Coast Guard, as designated by the Commandant, consistent with all other applicable laws and decisions establishing procedures within the Coast Guard;
(4) ensuring the use of detailed performance specifications in instances in which performance-based contracting is used;
(5) managing the direction of acquisition policy for the Coast Guard, including implementation of the unique acquisition policies, regulations, and standards of the Coast Guard;
(6) developing and maintaining an acquisition career management program in the Coast Guard to ensure that there is an adequate acquisition workforce;
(7) assessing the requirements established for Coast Guard personnel regarding knowledge and skill in acquisition resources and management and the adequacy of such requirements for facilitating the achievement of the performance goals established for acquisition management;
(8) developing strategies and specific plans for hiring, training, and professional development;
(9) reporting to the Commandant, through the chain of command, on the progress made in improving acquisition management capability; and
(10)(A) keeping the Commandant informed of the progress of major acquisition programs (as that term is defined in section 1171);
(B) informing the Commandant on a continuing basis of any developments on such programs that may require new or revisited trade-offs among cost, schedule, technical feasibility, and performance, including-
(i) significant cost growth or schedule slippage; and
(ii) requirements creep (as that term is defined in section 2547(c)(1) of title 10); and
(C) ensuring that the views of the Commandant regarding such programs on cost, schedule, technical feasibility, and performance trade-offs are strongly considered by program managers and program executive officers in all phases of the acquisition process.
A prior section 308, act Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393,