Award Programs

Acquisition Awards Program

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) established an Acquisition Awards and Recognition program to increase the visibility of innovative acquisition processes and to improve the sharing of information about successful practices. As co-sponsors with OFPP, the Chief Acquisition Officers Council (CAOC) and the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) promote this award and recognition initiative as a government-wide recognition program that publicly acknowledges the best and brightest in the acquisition workforce. Through this initiative, existing and new award programs recognize federal employees and teams that demonstrate acquisition excellence. The federal acquisition community is responsible for managing $500 billion each year to support the missions of hundreds of agencies, while ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. Additionally, through the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) website, award-winning and nominated practices will be indexed and described to ensure that these practices are disseminated widely for use by other organizations.

The CAOC Acquisition Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding achievement and excellence by individuals or teams in effective acquisition partnering, risk reduction in acquisition, and small business utilization. Nominees are judged on the extent to which results exceeded original expectations, the effort’s impact was substantial and provided significant value to the agency and/or other beneficiaries, and innovative practices were used to achieve objectives and those practices were captured in such a way they are transparent and available to others for use in future efforts. Co-sponsors: Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OMB) and the Chief Acquisition Officers Council. Contact:  Joanie Newhart, 202-395-4821,

Chief Acquisition Officers Council Award Winners

David Packard Excellence in Acquisitions Award

National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Awards

Academic Awards

The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

The objective of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award is to recognize and reward students or recent graduates for outstanding academic achievement in a degree or certificate program directly related to the field of  acquisition.
Contact:  Gerald Zaffos

Service Awards

Service to America Medals (Sammies) Award

Government Contractor Awards

Request for Award Nominations

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's Northern Virginia Government Contractors Council (GovCon), the Professional Services Council (PSC), and Washington Technology partner each year to present three major awards: 1) the Contractor of the Year Award, 2) the Executive of the Year Award, and 3) the Public Sector Partner of the Year Award. Nominations for the first two award categories are due on June 13th. However, nominations for the Public Sector Partner of the Year Award are due no later than July 3rd to ensure that the public sector has sufficient time to nominate top federal acquisition professionals. 

The criteria for Public Sector Partner of the Year is someone who has demonstrated leadership and vision in building a spirit of partnership with the private sector and/or leading change in the procurement community. The applicant must be a senior procurement or operational executive. Nominators will address the following in their submissions on each of the following equally weighted criteria.

* Innovation displayed by the applicant
* Broad implications of the initiative or leadership beyond the applicant's own agency or program
* Teamwork displayed by working with the private sector business community

Please take the time to recognize excellence in your agency and to represent our community in these awards. Visit GovCon Awards for more information and nomination forms.