Outstanding contracting efforts? Send in nominations for SAAEC Awards

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By Michael Bold

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (July 27, 2016) — Nominations are being accepted for the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting (SAAEC), presented annually since 1997 to recognize the outstanding contracting efforts of organizations and individuals, civilian and military.

These prestigious awards are presented only to those entrants whose accomplishments and abilities elevate them above the best in the field across the Army. The nomination period closes at midnight ET on Sept. 2, and the award winners will be announced in the fall.

Nominees must have made or culminated contributions between May 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016. All Army service component commands, direct reporting units, program executive offices and Headquarters, Department of the Army are encouraged to nominate contracting officers, eligible individuals and units or teams.

Completed nomination packets must be submitted to the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center through the web-based call for nominations application at https://asc.army.mil/web/contracting-awards/.

Awards are given in several categories, including:

  • Five special award categories: the Barbara C. Heald (Deployed Civilian) Award; the Exceptional Support of the Ability One Program Award; the Outstanding Contract Specialist/Procurement Analyst Award; the Contracting Professional of the Year Award and the Contracting NCO of the Year Award.
  • And four awards for outstanding contracting officer and outstanding unit/team in these categories: the Installation Level Contracting Office and/or Directorate of Contracting Award; the Systems, R&D, Logistics Support (Sustainment) Contracting Award; the Specialized Services and Construction Contracting Award; and the Contingency Contracting Award.

Detailed instructions for the 2016 SAAEC Awards can be found at https://asc.army.mil/web/contracting-awards/. Questions should be addressed to the awards coordinator, Mitchell Colston, at 703-697-1052 or mitchell.colston.civ@mail.mil. Technical questions regarding application submissions to the award website should be addressed to Vicky DeGuzman at 703-805-1245 or victoria.l.deguzman.civ@mail.mil.