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q6r3661  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2008 12:19:58 AM(UTC)
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Is there anyone who has had experience in DCMA's Keystone program?
skinsfan86  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2008 1:53:01 AM(UTC)
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Have you been accepted for the one of the positions?
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2008 2:40:18 AM(UTC)
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DCMA's Keystone program is great, take the job. The sky's the limit, especially for engineers and contracting specialists.
q6r3661  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2008 10:47:06 PM(UTC)
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I have accepted the position. Any tips on success. I am also thinking about the EMTS(engineering & manufacturing technology specialist position (keystone)
skinsfan86  
#5 Posted : Thursday, October 23, 2008 6:02:20 AM(UTC)
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I have also been accepted for a Contract Administrator position under the Keystone program. Have you already started working? I recieved a tentative offer, but I still waiting for information regarding the next step. I'm sure I will have to fill out the SF-86 form in order to obtain my security clearance, and a drug test, neither of which I am worried about. Do you know how long this process typically takes?
press370  
#6 Posted : Sunday, October 26, 2008 9:25:38 AM(UTC)
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I still work for them not always the best place to work but promotions are there but at a cost..
q6r3661  
#7 Posted : Sunday, October 26, 2008 8:48:06 PM(UTC)
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Clearance should not take that long because the governement said they have cleared the backlog. But as with everything you have to stay on top of everything with the person recruiting for the job.
jjmarcman  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, November 05, 2008 11:19:01 PM(UTC)
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Can someone give me a timeline? I'm going for the EMTS, I got referred last week and I'm still waited to hear whats next.
q6r3661  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, November 12, 2008 4:49:28 AM(UTC)
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I am not sure about the EMTS. I heard they might just scrap the whole EMTS program. They said the series is shaky ground. Nothing formal is in place yet.


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Can someone give me a timeline? I'm going for the EMTS, I got referred last week and I'm still waited to hear whats next.
jjmarcman  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, November 12, 2008 6:11:24 PM(UTC)
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Do you have more insight, whats the source of your info, thanks
Broncoman13  
#11 Posted : Friday, November 14, 2008 11:11:29 AM(UTC)
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quote:
Originally posted by q6r3661:
I have accepted the position. Any tips on success. I am also thinking about the EMTS(engineering & manufacturing technology specialist position (keystone)



Tips on success:

Keep your head down and listen as much as you can for the first several weeks. I've seen a lot of animosity toward the keystones. Generally they are a younger group with advanced education. I realize I'm stereotyping and I apologize, not that it's a bad thing to be young and educated!!! Big Grin At any rate, there are two guys that I work with that are involved with the keystone program. One is still in the program, the other finished it about two years ago. Both are extremely bright and atypical of what you would "expect" from a government employee... again, if you used the stereotype description of a government employee. The guy that is still in the program shows his worth at every meeting. He picks up the detail oriented work that some of the old timers don't care for, but he excels and it certainly has allowed him to distinguish himself amongst his peers.

So, in a nutshell. Keep quiet. Most questions are answered without having to ask. There is a good chance that if you have a question someone else has the same question. If they don't, ask someone on the team that shows an interest in helping you along. There will be plenty of those folks and they will help guide you. Identify them and seek their mentorship. Don't be a know it all. I've made that mistake myself! Sometimes it's difficult (at least for me b/c I wanted to be recognized as a valuable member) to not show you understand. Quiet that inner gremlin that wants to talk out and express your vast knowledge... it will show on it's own in good time! Last but not least... smile a lot. I don't know about you but I'd rather be around happy than grouchy any day!!!

GOOD LUCK!

As for length of the process. Can't really say. I've seen it take from 4 days up to 6 months!!! Too bad it is a Friday night or I would ask our local Keystone Director/Manager/Leader/Whathaveyou, who happens to be a friend.
Broncoman13  
#12 Posted : Friday, November 14, 2008 11:14:02 AM(UTC)
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Do you have more insight, whats the source of your info, thanks


There was recently some conversations discussing the subject at work. It will take some time for the current personnel to phase into other positions, but I know for a fact that some offices in Texas have canceled RPAs to hire EMTSs. Its a difficult position as is though. Same with the Supply Chain Integration Specialists and Product Readiness Integrators. Education requirements are not even established for those positions (that I know of) and IS and QASs do most of the same work!
xodus1914  
#13 Posted : Thursday, February 12, 2009 4:53:04 AM(UTC)
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Greetings, all. I am a GS-13 Supervisor who came into the Keystone Program in 1998 with a Masters degreee. I was a GS-334-07 (Computer Specialist) at the time). I went from a GS-7 to GS-13 in about 9 years. Not terribly hard, but I wasn't afraid to volunteer for work and I took advantage of numerous training and management opportunities that DCMA provides often.
Pound for Pound, Keystone is the best way to enter federal employment, easy. Guaranteed promotion to the GS-11 level, with the ability to go for a GS-12, a year later.
There was some jealously when I came in , but the program has improved itself since the Interns are the property of the CMOs and not HQs.
I would be happy to discuss anything about DCMA at lenght.
i can be reached at xodus1914@ureach.com

[This message was edited by xodus1914 on February 12, 2009 at 04:16 PM.]
clearviewx  
#14 Posted : Thursday, February 12, 2009 6:53:02 AM(UTC)
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I started recently at DCMA as a GS-07 step 10. When I go to an GS-09 at what step will I be put and when I get to a GS-11 what step will I be put under.

Thanks for the help. So far so good I like it...
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xodus1914  
#15 Posted : Friday, February 20, 2009 12:57:53 AM(UTC)
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clearviewx:
If you are a GS-07 step 10 now, you will be promoted to the next step higher on the GS-09 scale, so that there is an increase. For 2009, that's at least a step 4 (probably a step 5) , but I do not know your locality pay.

Think of it like this: Your increase cannot be less than if you went from Gs-07 step 1 to a Gs-09 step 1.

Good Luck!
clearviewx  
#16 Posted : Sunday, February 22, 2009 1:47:33 AM(UTC)
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Thank You
booger1  
#17 Posted : Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:03:04 AM(UTC)
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quote:
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I still work for them not always the best place to work but promotions are there but at a cost..
booger1  
#18 Posted : Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:05:29 AM(UTC)
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by press370:
I still work for them not always the best place to work but promotions are there but at a cost..



I will second this too. DCMA has a lot of internal problems. Be careful when you sign the agreement and remember they do not have to pick you up after your 3 yrs. If their budget does not support it. There is no obligation and if they do select you, they can place you anywhere in the US. You are not guaranteed the location you train in.
carmelo674  
#19 Posted : Friday, August 14, 2009 12:39:43 AM(UTC)
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quote:
Originally posted by skinsfan86:
Have you been accepted for the one of the positions?
no
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