Acquisition Award Program Award Winners - 2013

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Small Business Excellence Award Winner

Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4) Team: Kendra Archbald, Sharon Fernandes, and Brandon Utt

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The T4 Team awarded 15 IDIQ contracts for a broad range of IT and telecommunication services.  Out of the 15 contracts, six were awarded to Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and one was awarded to a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB).  By taking proactive steps to help their small business contractors and by focusing on meeting small business goals, over 70% of the task orders awarded, worth $1.5B, have gone to the small businesses.

 

Acquisition Excellence Award Winner

Individual Award - Innovation

Mr. Charles Yook

Internal Revenue Service

Mr. Yook developed an innovative approach to procuring IT services that saves the IRS $32 million annually while also reducing the procurement cycle time to weeks, as opposed to months.  The new approach leverages a temporary staffing model, as opposed to a system integrators model, to achieve cost savings and a collaboratively redesigned procurement process to reduce cycle times.  Mr. Yook led this strategic sourcing initiative to provide an alternative, cost-effective vehicle for the IRS to procure IT services.

 

Acquisition Excellence Award Winner

Team Award - Innovation

VA Acquisition Academy Acquisition Internship School: Joanne Choy, David Sella, Stephanie Belella, David Brigham, Steve Munson, Anne Reinhold, Teresa Reefe, Diane Fernandez, Yolanda Davis, Kasey Kazakavich

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The VA Acquisition Academy Acquisition Internship School launched a Warriors to Workforce Program designed to prepare wounded, post-9/11 Veterans with little or no college education, for a successful transition into careers as contract specialists.  The program is a 3 year holistic program that focuses on business education, acquisition training, activities to understand the VA mission, peak performance training, “skillbuilding” courses to practice the skills learned in the contracting courses, and leadership and business competency development.  This program empowers wounded Veterans and allows them to continue service their country, plus supplies a pipeline of talent to the acquisition function.

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