A Quantitative Study of the Factors Affecting the Federal Acquisition Workforce Performance

A Quantitative Study of the Factors Affecting the Federal Acquisition Workforce Performance

Author: 
Michele-Ann Calkins Petrone
Program of study: 
D.M.
Abstract: 
The federal acquisition workforce is defined as individuals responsible for managing, supervising and developing policies for the purpose of procuring supplies, services, construction, or research and development (OPM, 1983). There is an estimated 36,000 federal acquisition workforce members in the GS-1102 career series. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine if federal acquisition workforce recruitment and retention practices, technical training or education was a significant factor affecting the federal acquisition workforce performance. The factors examined in this study include the federal acquisition workforce recruitment and retention, technical training and education. The study used an online survey to gather the observations and opinions of the federal acquisition workforce. The survey responses were based on a 5-point Likert-type scale. The independent variables in this study were workforce recruitment and retention, technical training and education. The dependent variable was the federal acquisition workforce. Three hypotheses were tested to determine if the variables had a significant influence on the federal acquisition workforce. The hypothesis test method was chi-square. Chi-square is a quantitative measure used to determine if a relationship exists between two variables. The survey results revealed workforce recruitment and retention and education independent variables had a p < .001. Based on the study results the workforce recruitment and retention and education null hypotheses were rejected and the alternate hypotheses retained. The study results revealed technical training independent variable had p > .10. Based on the results the technical training alternate hypothesis was rejected and the null hypothesis retained. By examining these factors, this information can assist leaders focus on improving these areas to give the federal acquisition workforce more support.
Dedication: 
To my father, Frank and mother, Rose Marie, without you none of this would have been possible. Neither of you were aware I started on this journey. I only hope somehow you know now. Dad, I know you wanted all four of us to be individuals and not give in to family expectations and pressures. It was only by chance I followed the family path but I did do it in my own way and sometimes even in my bunny slippers. To my husband, Ben and my two adult children, Josef and Catherine, you endured and sacrificed in order for me to complete this journey. I am grateful for your love and support. I am truly blessed and proud to call you my husband, my son and my daughter. For the rest of my family and friends, you were always in my heart and thoughts. The decision to sacrifice our time together or not attend family events was never taken lightly. Thank you for your encouraging words. I would be remiss in my acknowledgments Tonya, if I did not thank you for the cookies shaped like margaritas and sister-in-law, Dr. Mary, for your gift of aroma therapy stress relief scents and teas. To my former Contracting Professor and Mentor, Laurence Smail, JD. You taught me what the texts did not. I am grateful your time, teachings and the ethical impression you left on me and of course, those fabulous contracting stories. Thank you for sharing and the enduring inspiration.
Acknowledgements: 
This acknowledgement seems inadequate compared to the advice and guidance provided by my dissertation committee Dr. Leo Mallette, Dr. Alex Kadrie and Dr. Donald Platine. Dr. Mallette you provided reliable, detailed and consistent advice and guidance. You constantly challenged me to do more. These are teaching gifts not everyone possesses. Thank you. Dr. Kadrie you were my first residency instructor and I was grateful you were able to be on my committee and see this through to the end with me. Dr. Platine, thank you for your insights, statistical expertise and knowledgeable comments. I was grateful you were a member of my committee. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated because this would have not been possible without your support, knowledge and advice. I would like to acknowledge and thank the federal acquisition workforce members who took the time to respond to the survey and provide feedback. I would like to acknowledge my co-workers who provided support and encouragement because they too traveled down this road.