2019 ACQUISITION EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Director, Acquisition Career Management (ASN RD&A)

DACM

INFORMATION

The annual Department of the Navy (DON) Acquisition Excellence Awards Program recognizes individuals and teams who have made outstanding contributions in promoting competition and innovation throughout the acquisition lifecycle for Navy and Marines Corps programs throughout the fiscal year. 

1) ELIGIBILITY: All acquisition workforce (AWF) personnel who made significant contribution to the Navy and Marine Corps acquisition process can be nominated for the DoN Acquisition Excellence Awards (AEA) program.  Military and Civilian personnel of all ranks, rates, and grades are eligible for these awards.  Individuals working together as a team may also be nominated; however, a team nomination shall not comprise an entire office or contracting activity (except the Dr. Al Somoroff Award)  Team nominations shall be limited to no more than 10 persons. 
 
2) GUIDANCE: Individuals and Teams nominated for the DoN Acquisition Excellence Awards program should have made significantly greater contributions than normally would be expected in their particular assignments which result in identifiable improvements over normal outcomes. Nominations must specifically address the criteria outlined in SECNAVINST 5305.5 CH1, reflecting the accomplishments of the nominee(s).

3) ACCOMPLISHMENTS:  Accomplishments can include, for example, improving commerical off-the-shelf reliability, increased use of open architecture, process improvements, inventive approaches to managing trade-offs between contract type versus risk/stability, as well as increased utilization of businesses that qualify for Small Business Administration (SBA) support. Quantifiable information such as dollars saved, costs avoided, or increased competition rates should be included in the write-up whenever possible.

1) SUMMARY PACKAGE: Toward the goal of streamlining the award process, the first round of nominations require only a summary (half-page) submission (.pdf or .doc). This summary consists of the candidate's name, award category, and notable achievements. This summary should be informal (bullet format is acceptable) and short (not more than half page).  National Leads and Product DASNs will be looking to make sure that candidates meat the minimum requirements by reviewing notable achievements.  Upon completion, the reviewers will provide feedback to assist commands in narrowing the field to those candidates most deserving of complete nomination packages. 

2) FULL NOMINATION PACKAGE: Following initial feedback from the SMEs, complete nomination packages for the best candidates should be submitted. Further feedback on full packages may be provided prior to the deadline for finalized nomination submission.  Non-DoN activities, such as the Defene Logistics Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, etc., may consder nominating Navy/Marine Corps procurement associated with join procurement efforts or programs under thier cognizance.

3)INDIVIDUAL/TEAM FORMS: As part of the on-going effort to increase workforce recognition while simultaneously improving alignment between the DON AEA and the USD (A&S) Acquisition Awards, two award forms were created; one for individual awards and one for team, organization or command awards. Only these forms are accepted for submittal during open season. Once the awardees have been announced, selected packages will be submitted to the USD(A&S) Acquisition Awards program for consideration.  To download the latest forms, click the desired icon(s) below.  Submit completed forms to DACM.Desk.fct@navy.mil.

DATE EVENT
15Feb19 Call For Nominations
4Apr19 **HALF-PAGE** due to DACM
23May19 **FULL-PAGE** due to DACM
24May19 Complete review of nominees for AWF membership and Host Command
27May19 **MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY ROUTINE***
28May19 Nominations distributed for DACM Staff review & discussion w/SYSCOMS
13Jun19 Finalized AEA & USD(A&S) Nominations due to DACM
19Jun19 Nominations distributed to Selection Panel
21Jun19 Art Diaz Award Nominations due to NACC
4Jul19 **JULY 4TH HOLIDAY ROUTINE***
18Jul19 First round votes Collected & Tallied
22Jul19 Selection Panel convenes for Discussion & Final Vote

*NOTE: Date and Times are Subject to Change.

Only civilian members of the Acquisition Workforce are eligible to receive cash rewards. For Team awards, the money will be distributed evenly among the team members. All members of the team will be recognized at the Award Ceremony.

Monetary
• Competition Excellence Team
• Innovation Excellence Team
• Small Business Team

Non-Monetary
• Expeditionary Contracting
• Field Acquisition Activity
• Acquisition Professional
• Dr. Al Somoroff Acqusition
• Oreta B. Stinson Advocacy
• Technology Transition
• Sarkis Tatigian Small Business
• Secretary's Cup
• RADM Wayne E. Meyer Memorial

AWARD CATEGORIES

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

This award recognizes a civilian or military Program Manager, below the SES or flag or general officer rank, whose outstanding leadership and achievement in acquisition best demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism in the acquisition field and provide improved effectiveness to the DON.

The primary evaluation factors for PM of the Year are:

Embodies the finest examples of leadership, team-building, collaboration and ethics in DON acquisition. 
Meets or exceeds Fleet needs as evinced by real-world system performance compared to requirements documentation. 
Makes significant, positive impact on management of cost and/or schedule goals and constraints.
Applies innovative acquisition techniques and resourcefulness that enhance the program's efficiency and/or effectiveness, support the customer's mission, and/or result in better buying power for the Government. 
Displays perseverance in overcoming unusual conditions, issues, and barriers requiring special management team action and performance. 
Demonstrates superior acquisition skills that bring lasting benefits to the command supported. 
Epitomizes the DON core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.

This award recognizes a civilian or military individual, below the SES or flag or general officer rank, whose outstanding leadership and achievement in acquisition best demonstrates the highest levels of professionalism in the acquisition field and provides improved effectiveness to the DON.

The primary evaluation factors for Acq Professional of the Year are:

Demonstrates exceptional leadership in DON acquisition. 
Applies innovative acquisition techniques and resourcefulness that enhance the command's effectiveness and support the customer's mission and/or result in better buying power for the Government. 
Demonstrates superior acquisition skills that bring lasting benefits to the command supported. 
Epitomizes the DON core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.

This award recognizes the Department of the Navy active or reserve military individual or civilian warranted contracting officers and acquisition support personnel deployed in direct support of naval or joint contingency or expeditionary operations.

The primary evaluation factors for Expeditionary Contracting are: 

Provide tangible contracting support to Naval or Joint Forces engaged in an expeditionary environment.
Applies innovative and resourcefulness to enhance the military mission effectiveness.
Demonstrates superior acquisition skills in delivering services to the war fighter.
Epitomizes the DoN core values of honor, curage and commitment while serving in an expeditionary environment.

This award recognizes an individual, military or civilian, non-Small Business Professional who exemplifies the highest examples of small business mission excellence and whose achievement embodies the essence of the DON Small Business mission.

The primary evaluation factors for Oreta B. Stinson SBA are:

Epitomizes fostering a culture that leverages small business as a strategic advantage. 
Specific example(s) of tangible results in creating a lasting culture of small business inclusiveness throughout the individual's sphere of influence. 
Innovative approaches and/or demonstrated perseverance in overcoming unusual conditions, issues, and barriers to increase small business opportunity that enhanced effectiveness, supported the customer mission, and/or resulted in quantifiable cost savings/cost avoidance, and/or efficiencies.
Epitomizes the DON core values of honor, courage, and commitment.

The Art Diaz Award was previously a NAVSEA PEO Ships award given to a PEO Ships Intern who best exemplified the spirit, collaboration and teamwork attributes of Mr. Arturo “Art” Diaz who worked in PEO Ships. Diaz, who coined the term, “Friends Build Ships,” was passionate about building and delivering great ships to the U.S. Navy. So much so that he kept a list of attributes of what made a great team, to remind him daily what it took to succeed. What became known as the “22 Attributes of a Good Team” quickly spread through NAVSEA and became the benchmark to recognize success. The award was introduced into the Congressional Record on May 8, 2013 by U.S. Rep. Scott H. Peters of California. Just this year, the award criteria were expanded to include all entry-level employees in the NADP who personify these attributes.

The Art Diaz 22 attributes of a Good Team:

ATTRIBUTES
• Works toward a common goal • Develops its member's skills
• Efficiently uses its time and talents • Embraces the diversity of its members
• Is committed to continuous improvement • Builds morale internally
• Performs effectively and produces results • Accepts praise and criticism
• Cooperates rather than competes • Maintains a positive attitude toward everyone's ideas
• Stays on task • Uses encouraging words
• Uses resources wisely • Communicates openly and clearly
• Teaches and learns from one another • Holds its members accountable
• Resolves conflicts effectively • Welcomes challenges
• Shares pride in its accomplishments • Celebrates successes
• Doesn’t fight with each other fights FOR each other • Forgives

TEAM, ORGANIZATION,
COMMAND AWARDS

This award recognizes a program office for outstanding acquisition achievement in the accomplishment of its mission. All program offices (any acquisition category level) and program management teams are eligible. Specific command examples in support of acquisition, superior accomplishments and command acquisition trends will be used to select the award recipient.

The primary evaluation factors for Dr. Al Somoroff Acq are:

Creative and/or effective acquisition management practices resulting in lowered costs, reduced schedule within budget, or improved technical performance within projected cost or schedule. 
Outstanding resource management and enhanced competition resulting in better buying power for the Government.
Personnel development and retention. 
Demonstrated excellence in bringing supplies and service to the customer at the right price and time. 
Where applicable, improved sustainability and readiness for operational forces.

This award recognizes a field level command for outstanding acquisition achievements that bring supplies and services to the customer. All DON Echelon III and below activities are eligible. Specific activity examples in support of acquisition, superior accomplishments, and activity acquisition trends will be used to select the award recipient.

The primary evaluation factors for Field Acq Activity are:

Outstanding resource management, enhanced competition or improvements in the overall buying power of the activity. 
Personnel development and retention. 
Demonstrated excellence in bringing supplies and services to the customer at the right price and time. 
Where applicable, improved sustainability and readiness for operational forces.

This award recognizes a DON Echelon II or III HCA command which exemplifies the highest examples of small business acquisition excellence and whose achievement brings significant credit to the DON acquisition community.

The primary evaluation factors for Secretary's Cup are:

Epitomizes fostering a culture that leverages small business as a strategic advantage. 
Specific example(s) of tangible results in creating a lasting culture of small business inclusiveness throughout the command. 
Description of how leadership engagement was reflected in training, outreach, and/or initiatives leading to creating a culture of small business inclusiveness throughout the command.
Innovative approaches and/or demonstrated perseverance in overcoming unusual conditions, issues, and barriers to increase small business opportunity that enhanced command effectiveness, supported the customer mission, and/or resulted in quantifiable cost savings/cost avoidance, and/or efficiencies.

Similar to the Secretary's Cup, this award recognizes a DON Echelon III or IV field contracting activity.

The primary evaluation factors for Sarkis Tatigian are:

Epitomizes fostering a culture that leverages small business as a strategic advantage. 
Specific example(s) of tangible results in creating a lasting culture of small business inclusiveness throughout the command. 
Description of how leadership engagement was reflected in training, outreach, and/or initiatives leading to creating a culture of small business inclusiveness throughout the command.
Innovative approaches and/or demonstrated perseverance in overcoming unusual conditions, issues, and barriers to increase small business opportunity that enhanced command effectiveness, supported the customer mission, and/or resulted in quantifiable cost savings/cost avoidance, and/or efficiencies.

This award recognizes the Government employed members of an acquisition team whose outstanding achievement, through enhanced competition among large or small businesses, resulted in a better product or service being delivered, supported, and employed to and by the customer.

The primary evaluation factors for Competition Excellence Acq Team are:

Increased competition in contracting which achieves cost savings, cost avoidance or improves buying power of the government.
Enhanced competition which, in turn, provides a better product or service to the customer. 
Competition that has a lasting positive impact on the organization and the DON mission. Additionally, identification of obstacles overcome and other unique procurement aspects that fostered a more robust, competitive environment are encouraged as breakout criteria.

*Nomination packages that highlight cost savings or cost avoidance should, where warranted, quantify in dollar terms the value that competition achieved.

This award recognizes an acquisition team whose outstanding achievement brings added efficiency to the organization and increased effectiveness to the customer, or those activities or commands that have strengthened the capabilities of the Naval industrial base and employ strategies that promote domestic availability of components critical to the Department of the Navy and the customer.

The primary evaluation factors for Innovation Excellence Acq Team are:

A high degree of innovation and resourcefulness that results in cost savings or demonstrates effective management of critical path elements to ensure there are U.S. suppliers for critical items.
Adaptability of innovative techniques by other commands or cultivating domestic sources of supply for procurements and cooperative initiatives that promote the competitive environment vital to the business sector and the DON mission.
Innovation that results in tangible achievements that have a lasting impact on the organization and support DON maritime strategy.

Managed by the OSBP, this award recognizes the Government employed members of an acquisition team whose outstanding achievement, through enhanced competition among small businesses, resulted in better product or services being delivered, supported, and employed to and by the customer. Nomination packages that highlight cost savings, cost avoidance or better buying power should quantify, in dollar terms, the value that small business competition achieved.

The primary evaluation factors Small Business Team are:

Innovative approaches and/or demonstrated perseverance in overcoming unusual conditions, issues, and barriers to increase small business opportunity that enhanced effectiveness, supported the customer mission, and/or resulted in quantifiable cost savings/cost avoidance, and/or efficiencies. 
Actions taken by the team to create a greater opportunity for small business (by contract). If a new or follow-on contract, how this team affected traditional strategies which enabled the new contract to be within reach of small business as prime contractor.

INDIVIDUAL OR
TEAM, ORGANIZATION, COMMAND AWARDS

This award recognizes the individual or team for outstanding achievement as a result of successfully transitioning a technology into a program of record or into operational use. The team can include Government members from the program office and/or research and development facility.

The primary evaluation factors for Ron Kiss Maritime Technology are:

Development, improvement or maturation of a new technology to address an emergent requirement or operational need.
Demonstrated cost savings, cost avoidance or improved buying power resulting from acquisition/development of the technology especially through the utilization of government laboratories, warfare centers, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers or other government Research and Development facilities.
Positive mission impact while in operations to include demonstrated cost effective and sustainable Operations and Maintenance.

This award recognizes the Department of the Navy individual or team for outstanding achievement in creating International Security Cooperation relationships as part of a program's development or acquisition strategy.

The primary evaluation factors International Acquisition Partnership are:

Documented percentage reduction in research and development, procurement, or sustainment costs or resource investments achieved via an international Security. 
Cooperation arrangement (such as a cooperative information exchange agreement, cooperative development, production, support program agreement, or Foreign Military Sales arrangement). 
Demonstrated increase in military effectiveness through international interoperability aided by a Security Cooperation arrangement. 
The development of international Security Cooperation programs that create or strengthen key regional alliances in support of national maritime defense strategies.

Our Award Process

The Assistant Secretary of the Navy (RD&A) tributes those acquisition professionals and teams that have made significant contributions to the Navy and Marine Corps acquisition programs. As such, the leadership strives to bring meaningful recognition to our acquisition workforce through our streamlined award process. 

1

Announcement

Call for nomination goes out to commands and field activities dilineating guidance, instructions and timeline for AEA submissions

2

Half & Full-Page Submissions

DACM issues Half-Page request to commands for individual AEA Award Categories prior to accepting approved Full-Page submissions

3

Evaluation

National Leads and Product DASNs evaluate and confirm final AEA award submissions based on specific award criterion

4

Notification

DACM notifies the commands and field activities of the winning recipients and teams recognized by these acquisition awards

5

Recognition

ASN (RD&A) enthusiastically recognizes the top acquisition performers throughout the Navy and Marine Corps