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Release No: 043-97
March 14, 1997

Acquisition Reform Award and Kick Off Ceremony

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen will present four Packard Awards at the Acquisition Reform Week kick-off ceremonies, Monday, March 17, 1997, 9 a.m. (EST), Room 5A1070, The Pentagon. Other speakers will be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph W. Ralston, USAF; and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Paul G. Kaminski. Vice President Al Gore will provide a videotaped message.

Acquisition Reform Week is a defense-wide effort to promote and effect discussions between local industry and Department of Defense acquisition workforce on strategies to improve application of reform initiatives in their daily operations.

The Packard Award is named in honor of the late David Packard, a former deputy secretary of Defense during the Nixon administration. He was also the founder and chairman of the Hewlett-Packard Company and chairman of the Presidential Commission on Defense Management chartered by President Ronald Reagan in 1985. The awards are intended to recognize acquisition programs that achieve excellence through the use of innovative team techniques first advocated by Packard.

News media are invited to attend the ceremony. Point of contact is Lt. Col. Joan Ferguson, Directorate for Defense Information, (703) 695-0192.

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