(a) Requirement for Corps Member.— A critical acquisition position may be filled only by a member of the Acquisition Corps.
(b) Designation of Critical Acquisition Positions.—
(1)The Secretary of Defense shall designate the acquisition positions in the Department of Defense that are critical acquisition positions. Such positions shall include the following:
(A)Any acquisition position which—
(i)in the case of employees, is required to be filled by an employee in a senior position in the National Security Personnel System, as determined in accordance with guidelines prescribed by the Secretary, or in the Senior Executive Service; or
(ii)in the case of members of the armed forces, is required to be filled by a commissioned officer of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps who is serving in the grade of lieutenant colonel, or, in the case of the Navy, commander, or a higher grade.
(B)Other selected acquisition positions not covered by subparagraph (A), including the following:
(i)Program executive officer.
(ii)Program manager of a major defense acquisition program (as defined in section
2430 of this title) or of a significant nonmajor defense acquisition program (as defined in section
1737(a)(3) of this title).
(iii)Deputy program manager of a major defense acquisition program.
(C)Any other acquisition position of significant responsibility in which the primary duties are supervisory or management duties.
(2)The Secretary shall periodically publish a list of the positions designated under this subsection.
2004—Subsec. (b)(1)(A)(i). Pub. L. 108–375substituted “in a senior position in the National Security Personnel System, as determined in accordance with guidelines prescribed by the Secretary,” for “in a position within grade GS–14 or above of the General Schedule,”.
2003—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 108–136substituted “the Acquisition Corps” for “an Acquisition Corps”.
1996—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104–201substituted “A critical” for “On and after October 1, 1993, a critical”.
1993—Subsec. (b)(1)(A)(i). Pub. L. 103–89substituted “Schedule” for “Schedule (including an employee covered by chapter
54 of title
1992—Subsec. (b)(1)(B)(ii). Pub. L. 102–484substituted “1737(a)(3)” for “1736(a)(3)”.
Effective Date of 1993 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 103–89effective Nov. 1, 1993, see section 3(c) ofPub. L. 103–89, set out as a note under section
3372 of Title
5, Government Organization and Employees.
Effective Date for Requirement for Corps Members To Fill Critical Acquisition Positions
Pub. L. 101–510, div. A, title XII, § 1209(f),Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1666, as amended by Pub. L. 102–25, title VII, § 704(b)(3)(C),Apr. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 119; Pub. L. 103–160, div. A, title IX, § 904(f),Nov. 30, 1993, 107 Stat. 1729, provided that the Secretaries of the military departments were to make every effort to fill critical acquisition positions by Acquisition Corps members as soon as possible after Nov. 5, 1990, and that for each of the first three years after Nov. 5, 1990, the report of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology to the Secretary of Defense under section
1762 of this title was to include the number of critical acquisition positions filled by Acquisition Corps members.
Publication of List of Critical Acquisition Positions
Pub. L. 101–510, div. A, title XII, § 1209(g),Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1666, directed the Secretary of Defense to publish the first list of positions designated as critical acquisition positions under subsec. (b)(2) of this section not later than Oct. 1, 1992.
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