Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting

View the 2019 Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting winners.

Awards Announcement
Implementing Instructions

SIX 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.
  • The Exceptional Support of the AbilityOne 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 AbilityOne 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; demonstrated ability to identify and overcome challenges; continuously seek self-development and Leadership and achieved innovation through initiative. Purchasing agents and Agency Program Coordinators for the Government Purchase Card (GPC) may also be nominated under this category.
  • The Contracting Professional of the Year Award recognizes any Army contracting professional (officer/DA civilian) who has clearly demonstrated accomplishments in terms of contract execution, contract management and/or contractor support, as well as improvements in contract quality, compliance and savings (contract or organizational).
  • The Contracting Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year Award recognizes the Army contracting NCO who has clearly demonstrated exceptional mission accomplishment, extraordinary and uncompromising professionalism in contracting, and true commitment to the personal and professional growth of the others within the contracting command and external to the command.
  • The new Innovation in Contracting Strategies Award: A high-performing, innovative contracting workforce is vital to rebuilding the military, supporting the warfighter, and smartly using taxpayer dollars. The contracting enterprise demonstrates outstanding commitment to strengthening and responsibly sustaining the Army through innovation in support of Readiness, Reform and Modernization. The “Innovation in Contracting Strategies” Award recognizes excellence by individuals and/or organizations throughout the Army Contracting Enterprise in developing unique and innovative strategies to deliver world-class warfighting capabilities. This award highlights demonstrated, exceptional outside-the-box thinking and progress in tackling contracting challenges. The Fiscal Year 2019 nomination process provides an opportunity to recognize this excellence.

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.
  •  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.
  • 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). Provide unique support in other than installation-level or systems contracting. The award 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 non-standard supplies and services. This category also includes contracting for construction performed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • The Specialized Services and 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.
  • 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.

 

CONTACT:

Questions regarding the 2019 SAAEC Awards should be addressed to the awards coordinator, Mr. Yves B. Jackson, at (703) 697-1075 or yves.b.jackson.civ@mail.mil. Technical questions regarding application submission to the award website should be addressed to Ms. Vicky DeGuzman at (703) 664-5691 or victoria.l.deguzman.civ@mail.mil.

View previous years winners at the Acquisition Wall of Fame.