Award Programs

The Shine Initiative

The awards described here are included in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Shine initiative to increase the visibility of acquisition awards and improve the sharing of successful practices. As Administrator, I want to ensure that outstanding acquisition professionals are recognized for their contributions and that their practices are made available to others. The federal acquisition community is responsible for managing $400 billion each year to support the missions of hundreds of agencies, and members of this community continually excel in meeting mission goals while ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.

The Shine initiative will increase the visibility of existing and new award programs that recognize federal employees or teams that demonstrate acquisition excellence. Additionally, through the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) Web site, award-winning and nominated practices will be indexed and described to ensure that these practices are disseminated widely for use by other organizations. Award recipients and descriptions of their successful practices (PDF 6.9MB).

Through this initiative, I hope to see an increase in the quantity of quality nominations for awards so that we can recognize, as a community, our excellence in supporting the government's many critical missions. Please review the information below and nominate individuals or teams, as appropriate, for recognition. We have contracts that demonstrate our very best collective acquisition accomplishments. Goods and services are acquired on time at reasonable prices. Companies make deliveries to us every day that are within budget and meet schedules. Take the time to help me increase the visibility of our many success stories. Thank you.

Paul A. Denett
Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy

2008 Shine Winners’ Recognition
The 2008 Shine award winners were publically announced during the Recognition and Reflection 2008: Acquisitions Professionals “Got Talent” program on Tuesday, August 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the General Services Administration Building -Auditorium in Washington D.C. To learn more about the winners, please click here.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Award
Recognizes outstanding uses of ADR by federal agencies and private companies in acquisition-related disputes. Nominations due Friday, April 4, 2008.
Co-sponsors: OMB, Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the Chief Acquisition Officers Council.
Contact: Julia Wise 202-395-7561

Chief Acquisition Officers Council (CAOC) Acquisition Management Award
Recognizes excellence in acquisition workforce management for innovative approaches to promoting the professional development of the acquisition workforce.
Co-sponsors: OMB, Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the Chief Acquisition Officers Council.
Contact: Maria Hernandez 703-236-3237

Chief Acquisition Officers Council Acquisition Excellence Awards 2008
The Chief Acquisition Officers Council is pleased to announce the Acquisition Excellence Awards 2008 and requests nominations of teams or individuals that have demonstrated excellence in acquisition management. Submissions should reflect excellence in the broad category of acquisition management, which may include, but is not limited to, areas such as acquisition teaming, increasing competition, strategic sourcing, acquisition workforce, program management, competitive sourcing, or other area of focus. Nominees may be federal contracting officers, contract specialists, contracting officer technical representatives (COTRs), program or project managers, other acquisition professionals, or teams that include any of these individuals. This year several awards will be given based on the quality of the nominations, and each award will be accompanied by a monetary award at an event to be determined this summer.
Nomination form:
Please complete all information requested in the nomination form above. The description must specifically address each of the selection criterion listed in the nomination requirements and should include examples and results of the team's or individual's efforts. Please limit the written response to one page per criterion. Please send nominations electronically to Christina Brown at no later than April 25, 2008.

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Team Award
Recognizes outstanding FAR individual member who made significant contributions to the FAR process in previous fiscal year. Nominations are due to OFPP by Friday, April 4, 2008.
Co-sponsors: OMB, Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the Chief Acquisition Officers Council.
Contact: Julia Wise 202-395-7561

Ida Ustad Award for Excellence in Acquisition
Recognizes a federal employee who demonstrates or embodies the concept of "contract specialist as business leader/advisor." Nominations due March 20, 2008. $5,000 award.
Sponsor: GSA
Contact: Patricia Miller

Blanche Witte Memorial Foundation Annual Award
Recognizes an individual working in the field of procurement and contract management who has uniquely performed one or more exemplary achievements.
Sponsor: NCMA
Contact: Wendy Murrah 800-344-8096 x411

David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Awards
Recognizes DoD civilian and/or military organizations, groups or teams, that have made highly significant contributions which demonstrated exemplary innovation and best acquisition practices.
Sponsor: Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC)
Contact: Sabrina Gay-McKoy 703-805-1249

Department of Veteran Affairs Champions of Veterans Enterprise Award
Recognizes significant contributions by individuals or organizations who are dedicated to expanding business opportunities for veterans and service connected disabled veterans. Nominations due March 21, 2008.
Sponsor: Department of Veteran Affairs

Elmer B. Staats Young Acquisition Professional Excellence Award
Recognizes a young federal acquisition professional, no more than 37 years of age, who has contributed significantly to acquisition operations or acquisition policy. Nominations due January 31, 2008. $5,000 award.
Sponsor: Procurement Round Table and
Contact: Bob Welch 301-261-7678

E.R. "Dick" Alley, Jr. Award
Recognizes a federal employee who has provided extraordinary achievement and sustained effort in utilizing the federal procurement system to create employment and training opportunities for people who are blind or have other severe disabilities under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act (AbilityOne/JWOD) Program. Nominations due January 31, 2008.
Sponsor: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled.
Contact: Stephanie Lesko 703-603-7740

GSA Governmentwide Excellence in Performance-Based Service Acquisition Awards
Recognizes federal employees that are leaders in the contracting environment and have transformed their organization through "best-in-class" practices in acquisition. Nominations due (to be determined). $2,500 award.
Co-sponsors: GSA and The Performance Institute
Contact: Mathew Sheaff 703-894-0481 x236

Herbert Roback Memorial Award
Recognizes a nationally renowned and distinguished American who has made a significant contribution to the betterment of public contract management through lifelong achievement in the public or private sectors.
Sponsor: NCMA
Contact: Wendy Murrah 800-344-8096 x411

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)/ESI International Contracting Award
Recognizes a government or commercial contracts professional who has contributed significantly to acquisition operations or acquisition policy. Learn more. Nominations due February 22, 2008. $5,000 award.
Co-sponsors: NCMA and ESI
Contact: John Peterson 1-888-ESI-8884

NCMA Excellence on Contracts Professionalism Award
Recognizes individuals with a remarkable reputation for professionalism and exceptional achievement in Contracts Management. Nominations due December 31, 2007. $1,500 award.
Sponsor: NCMA
Contact: Wendy Murrah 800-344-8096 x411

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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
Contact: Ronald L. Straight

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Service Awards

Service to America Medals (Sammies) Award
Recognizes individuals in the federal workforce who have made significant contributions to our country, based on their commitment and innovation, as well as the impact of their work on addressing the needs of the nation. Nominations due March 3, 2008. $3,000-$5,000 award.
Sponsor: The Partnership for Public Service
Contact: Jim Seymour at (202) 775-2758.

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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 for more information and nomination forms.

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