Procurement Round Table
Elmer B. Staats Contracting Professional Excellence Award
Sponsor: Procurement Round Table
Award Amount: $5,000
How to Apply: Call for Nomination and Application Form forthcoming
Ms. Tammy Smith, DISA, ingeniously awarded the $45M Global Force Management contract to modernize the mission-critical Joint Operation Planning and Execution System. When the pandemic threatened the award schedule, Tammy quickly regrouped and hosted a virtual software code review. Using new file-sharing technology and precisely coordinating security to limit access to the software code to 200+ vendor users, she allotted each the same time, tracked user access, and eliminated nonconforming vendors. Her team's efficiency, creativity, and stringent fairness were critical in shaving 51 days off the 297-day procurement, defending against a pre-award protest to the GAO, and achieving $1.47M in savings.
As Contracting Officer, Ms. Michelle Rand led several Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization successes over the past two years: the $199M Global Service Center contract, providing 24/7 service desk support to 2.1 million DoD users; the $36.6M Defense Collaboration Services and $34M Global Video Services contracts that provided conference, file-sharing, and collaboration capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic; and a $125M pathfinder contract for the $11.2B Defense Enclave Services acquisition.
Ms. Shannon K. Sanders, working with the Defense Information Technical Contracting Organization of the Defense Information Systems Agency, awarded the Agency’s most critical and complex program: Global Solutions Management - Operations (GSM-O) II, a $6.52B single award, 10-year, IDIQ contract to operate and sustain DISA’s networks. She also championed a concept to significantly reduce evaluation time and managed a $160M Cybersecurity Network Operations (CyberNetOps) Design-Deploy-Sustain contracting effort.
Ms. Lori-Ann Rissler, working with the Kessel Run detachment of the USAF Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, leads an integrated product team that executes the USAF's first Enterprise-wide Other Transaction agreement and other streamlined purchasing platforms.
Master Sergeant Chad J. Stemick serves as the Deputy Chief for the wing and First Sergeant of the 18th Contracting Squadron, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan. He manages joint military and multi-national personnel in acquisition of all services and commodities to sustain 55,000 personnel and enable 104 aircraft.
Mr. Adam Goldstein, Deputy Director of the Army 408th Contracting Support Brigade, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. With his technical guidance and oversight, the 408th CSB team executes over 4,800 actions annually valued over $20 billion in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Freedoms Sentinel, and Operation Spartan Shield.
Mr. Luis Albert Holguin leads a five member team in the contract execution of a $2.8B development portfolio that is directly sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L))
Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt) Dennis W. Carr, Superintendent, 82nd Contracting Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
2014 - 2003 Winners
2014 Winner: Mr. Brian Reese, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA
2013 Winner: Mr. James Michael Owens, Division Chief, Utility Helicopter Directorate, Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012 Winner: CMSgt Bradley Smith, USAF 633rd Contracting Squadron, Langley AFB, Virginia
2011 Winner: Amber L. Caulkins, Contracting Officer and Team Leader, Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois
2010 Winner: Geoffrey Sage, Senior Contracting Officer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland
2009 Winner: David S. Hooker, Chief T&E Evaluation Contracting Branch, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Florida
2008 Winner: Lee Crane, United States Postal Service Purchasing Specialist, USPS
2007 Winner: Christopher Gerfen, Air Force Electronic Systems Command, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts
2006 Winner: LCDR Kristin Acquavella, U.S. Navy
2005 Winner: Mark L. Strawn, Supervisory Contract Negotiator, Chief, Landing Gear Contracting Branch, USAF
2004 Winner: Lee Kair, Director of Strategic Sourcing and Acquisition Systems, Department of Homeland Security
2003 Winner: Nancy Gunderson, Acquisition and Contracting Team Leader of the Pentagon Renovation Program
PRT John F. Magnotti Award for Acquisition Mentorship: This one-time-only award was presented to Patsy Reeves, Chair of the Air Force Contracting Executive Development Panel, on June 8, 2005, at the Federal Acquisition Conference in honor of John Magnotti, a founder of the Procurement Round Table.