The Flexibility in Contracting Award was established to implement Section 834 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. This award is sponsored by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)), and recognizes Department of Defense (DOD) civilian and military outstanding professionals who have, in their approach to program management and contracting, demonstrated innovation and local adaptation by using the flexibilities and authorities granted by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System, to increase the efficiency of programs.

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is the official collection point for Army nominations. USAASC will compile the nominations and submit them to senior leadership, who will then submit the strongest applications to USD(A&S) for consideration. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 15, 2018, and an official call for nominations will be issued through each organization’s award POC.