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Department of Defense news release (June 15, 2005): Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Awards.

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Kenneth Krieg presented the annual Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Awards during a ceremony today at the Pentagon.

Value engineering is a systematic process of function analysis to identify actions that reduce cost, increase quality, and improve mission capabilities across the entire spectrum of DoD systems, processes, and organizations. The Department of Defense Value Engineering Program continues to be an incentive for government and our industry counterparts to improve the joint value proposition by promoting innovation and creativity. These innovative proposals seek best-value solutions as part of a successful business relationship. During fiscal year 2004, 1,723 in-house value engineering proposals and contractor-initiated value engineering change proposals were accepted with projected savings/cost avoidance in excess of $1 billion.

The Value Engineering Awards Program is a highly visible acknowledgment of exemplary achievements and encourages additional projects to improve in-house and contractor productivity. Award winners from each DoD component were eligible for selection in the following five categories: program/project, individual, team, organization, and contractor. Additional "special" awards were given to recognize innovative applications or approaches that expanded the traditional scope of value engineering use.

Today's awards were presented to the following individuals or teams by categories:

Office of the Secretary of Defense

Special -- Mary Hart, DoD Value Engineering Program

Army

Program/Project -- Army Small Computer Program

Individual -- Conrad Gonzales Ortega, U.S. Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation

Team -- Aviation Parts Reclamation Team

Organization -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Contractor -- Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.

Subcontractor -- Bose Corp.

Special -- U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center (McAlester, Okla.)

Special -- Hamilton City Ecosystem Restoration Project Value Engineering Team (Hamilton City, Calif.)

Navy

Program/Project -- AN/SSQ-110A Active Acoustic Source Refurbishment and Reuse Sonobuoy Program, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division (Yorktown, Va.)

Individual -- Regina Shuster, Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock (Carderock, Pa.)

Team -- Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Ordnance Engineering Department, PM-10 (Crane, Ind.)

Special -- Shirley A. Bowe, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic (Norfolk, Va.)

Air Force

Team -- Battle Management/Command, Control and Communications Capability, Hardware Procurement Team (Hanscom AFB, Mass.)

Contractor -- Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Minuteman III Guidance Replacement Program (Clearfield, Utah)

Defense Logistics Agencies

Program/Project -- F-16 Leading Edge Flap Rotary Actuator Project Team, Defense Supply Center Richmond (Richmond, Va.)

Individual -- Dale A. Roberts, Defense Supply Center Richmond (Richmond, Va.)

Team -- Price Challenge/Should Cost Team, Defense Supply Center Columbus (Columbus, Ohio)

Organization -- Defense Supply Center Columbus

Special -- Brian P. McNicholl, Defense Supply Center Columbus (Columbus, Ohio)

Missile Defense Agency

Program/Project -- Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Project Management Office

Team -- Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Project Office Value Engineering Team (Huntsville, Ala.)

Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Program/Project -- Electronic File Room Project (Columbus, Ohio)

Team -- Audit Command Language Program Team (Columbus, Ohio)

Defense Contract Management Agency

Team -- Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) Missile Block II Program, DCMA/Navy/Raytheon-Tucson (Tucson, Ariz.)
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