Katrina McFarland: Training Essential for Contracting Workforce

Katrina McFarland

Katrina McFarland, a director at Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC), cited training as key to better prepare the future acquisition workforce during an interview at the National Contract Management Association’s World Congress 2019 event, Government Matters reported Sunday.

McFarland spoke to anchor Francis Rose about the Acquisition of the Future framework meant to help an organization understand what procurement staff and other personnel must know about the contracting process.

McFarland noted that professionals can boost their self-confidence when they receive proper training and work on the project that matches their skillset.

The former U.S. Army acquisition chief also cited open-mindedness and flexibility are among the attributes that public and private sector organizations should look for in candidates to help perpetuate the contracting system.

Both House and Senate versions of the Fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act include language designed to reinforce the Department of Defense acquisition workforce.

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