THREE SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORIES:

The Barbara C. Heald (Deployed Civilian) Award recognizes a deployed Army civilian (GS 1102 series) whose actions clearly demonstrate or embody those unique, outstanding qualities possessed by Ms. Heald. This includes making extraordinary commitment and sacrifices in the service of their country; demonstrated professionalism in contracting; and dedicated to selfless public service aimed at supporting the mission of the United States Army.  Criteria include specific duty achievements during the qualifying award period which supported mission accomplishment; innovative solutions to contracting challenges; professional qualities over the course of the individual’s career; and actions taken to improve the state of the contracting profession.

The Exceptional Support of the Ability One Program Award stipulates that for each Army command, installation, activity or individual nominated the nominee(s) must meet one or more of the following five criteria to be selected: (1)The number of supplies/services identified and referred for possible inclusion on the Procurement List; (2) the number of jobs created for people who are blind or have other severe disabilities resulting from additions to the Procurement List; (3) Dollar value of new additions to the Procurement List; (4) significant added usage of existing Procurement List items; and (5) other meritorious efforts in support of the Ability One Program may also qualify as the basis for the award.

The Outstanding Contract Specialist/Procurement Analyst Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievements as a contract specialist or a procurement analyst, based on these criteria: (1) He/she has demonstrated ability to identify and overcome challenges; (2) continuously seeks self-development and leadership; (3) has achieved innovation through initiative. Purchasing agents and agency program coordinators for the Government Purchase Card may also be nominated under this category.  Criteria also include specific duty achievements during the qualifying award period that supported mission accomplishment; innovative solutions to contracting challenges; professional qualities over the course of the individual’s career; and actions taken to improve the state of the contracting profession.

FOUR OUTSTANDING CONTRACTING OFFICER AWARDS:

The Installation Level Contracting Office and/or Directorate of Contracting Award recognizes an individual at the installation level and or directorate of contracting office who demonstrates extraordinary achievements in completing the acquisition mission, using innovative approaches and furthering workforce development.  Criteria include specific duty achievements during the qualifying award period that supported mission accomplishment; innovative solutions to contracting challenges; professional qualities over the course of the individual’s career; and actions taken to improve the state of the contracting profession.

 The Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting award recognizes an individual at contracting organizations that support program and project managers in Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands, Direct Reporting Units and Program Executive Offices, including contracting organizations that primarily buy items that are acquisition category III and IV and have been transitioned to management by weapon systems managers at commodity commands.  Criteria include specific duty achievements during the qualifying award period that supported mission accomplishment; innovative solutions to contracting challenges; professional qualities over the course of the individual’s career; and actions taken to improve the state of the contracting profession.

The Specialized Services & Construction Contracting Award recognizes an individual who has contributed greatly to the contracting of identifiable tasks to be performed versus the delivery of an end item of supply (services) or support providing for the contracting of construction related efforts (construction). The individual provides unique support in other-than-installation-level or systems contracting, which can include contracting in support of science and technology programs, command-wide or Army-wide support functions such as health or transportation services, or has a mission to buy nonstandard supplies and services.  This category also includes contracting for construction performed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Criteria include specific duty achievements during the qualifying award period that supported mission accomplishment; innovative solutions to contracting challenges; professional qualities over the course of the individual’s career; and actions taken to improve the state of the contracting profession.

The Contingency Contracting Award recognizes contracting officers from command nominees assigned to deployable contracting positions or who have deployed in support of an operation as defined by Title 10 U.S.C. during the qualifying period.  Criteria include specific duty achievements during the qualifying award period that supported mission accomplishment; innovative solutions to contracting challenges; professional qualities over the course of the individual’s career; and actions taken to improve the state of the contracting profession.

FOUR OUTSTANDING UNIT/TEAM AWARDS:

The Installation-Level Contracting Office - Directorate of Contracting (DOC) Award recognizes a unit or team at the installation level contracting office (center or DOC) that demonstrates extraordinary achievements in completing the acquisition mission, using innovative approaches, and furthering workforce development.  Criteria include specific duty achievements during the qualifying award period that supported mission accomplishment; innovative solutions to contracting challenges; and actions taken to improve the state of the contracting profession.

The Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting Award recognizes a unit or team that contributes greatly to the contracting for systems, research and development (R&D) and sustainment of weapon systems at contracting organizations that support program and project managers in the HQDA, Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands, Direct Reporting Units and Program Executive Offices, including contracting organizations that primarily buy items which are Acquisition Category III and IV and have been transitioned to management by weapon systems managers at commodity commands, including support to performance-based logistics contracts, repair and maintenance contracts, and the procurement of repair parts; uses innovative procedures to maximize supply availability or system readiness rates. Criteria include specific duty achievements during the qualifying award period that supported mission accomplishment; innovative solutions to contracting challenges; and actions taken to improve the state of the contracting profession.

The Specialized Services & Construction Contracting Award recognizes a unit or team that contributes greatly to the contracting of identifiable tasks to be performed versus the delivery of an end item of supply (services) or support providing for the contracting of construction related efforts (construction). The unit or team provides unique support in other-than-installation-level or systems contracting.  The unit or team’s work can include contracting in support of science and technology programs, command-wide or Army-wide support functions such as health or transportation services, or a mission to buy nonstandard supplies and services.  This category also includes contracting for construction performed by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Criteria include specific duty achievements during the qualifying award period that supported mission accomplishment; innovative solutions to contracting challenges; and actions taken to improve the state of the contracting profession.

The Contingency Contracting Award recognizes units or teams from command nominees assigned to deployable contracting positions or who have deployed in support of an operation as defined by Title 10 U.S.C. during the qualifying period.  Criteria include specific duty achievements during the qualifying award period which supported mission accomplishment; innovative solutions to contracting challenges; and actions taken to improve the state of the contracting profession.

CONTACT:

For questions regarding the awards season, please contact Stanley Eisenhower at (703) 888-7908 or email Stanley.O.Eisenhower.Civ@mail.mil.