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Release No: 542-96
September 20, 1996

ACQUISITION REFORM EFFORTS WIN HAMMER AWARD

More than 500 federal employees and military personnel today shared the Heroes of Reinvention Hammer Award from the National Performance Review for achievements in acquisition reform. The National Performance Review, established in early 1993 and headed by Vice President Al Gore, seeks to reinvent government by streamlining bureaucracy for a more efficient and less expensive government.

"This award recognizes outstanding, ground-breaking work on an issue of vital importance: our future ability to supply the best value goods and services to our forces with the most efficient use of our resources. The key to this goal is acquisition reform and the award is another sign that we are making acquisition reform a reality," Secretary of Defense William J. Perry said during award ceremonies at Fort Myer, Va.

Secretary Perry presented the award, on behalf of the Vice President, to members of 13 teams. The teams worked a broad range of acquisition reform issues including streamlining acquisition regulations, establishing a DoD-wide electronic commerce initiative, and reducing defense-unique industrial specifications.

Award recipients included members from the Department of Defense, State Department, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, U.S. Court of Appeals (6th Circuit), General Accounting Office, General Services Agency, U.S. Coast Guard, and all four military services.

Many of the teams' recommendations came from the bottom up, and were not imposed from the top down. It's why acquisition reform is working. They were assembled for an intense period of work, made recommendations, and are now reviewing the implementation of the their recommendations, said Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Reform Colleen A. Preston.

The teams facilitated overall DoD acquisition reform efforts, including streamlining federal and defense-unique acquisition regulations necessary to implement statutory change; re-engineering specific acquisition processes; developing and implementing the DoD-wide electronic commerce strategy; reducing defense-unique product specifications; improving

contract administration and streamlining acquisition oversight. Secretary Perry presented awards to the following teams:

For facilitating acquisition reform: Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Reform. Principal team leader is Colleen Preston.

For streamlining regulations: Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and Defense- Unique Provision Drafting Teams. Team leaders are Navy Capt. Barry L. Cohen (since retired), and Edward C. Loeb, General Services Administration.

For developing a DoD-wide electronic commerce strategy: Electronic Commerce/Electronic Data Interchange in Contracting Process Action Team. Team leader is Delores Dee Smith, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Reform.

For reducing military specifications and standards: Military Specifications and Standards Process Action Team. Team leader is Darold Griffin, Army Materiel Command (since retired).

For improving contract administration: Contract Administration Process Action Team. Team leader is Dr. Blair A. Peterson.

For streamlining procurement process reform: Procurement Process Reform Process Action Team. Team leader is Robert Rumberger, U.S. Navy. For reducing acquisition systems oversight and review: Acquisition Systems Oversight and Review Process Action Team. Team leader is Army Brig. Gen. John Caldwell, Jr.

For communications reform initiatives to the workforce: Communications and Outreach Process Action Team. Team leader is Ms. Janice Menker, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Reform.

For reducing regulatory cost: DoD Regulatory Cost Premium Group. Group leader is William E. Mounts, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Reform.

For acquisition pilot programs using commercial practices: Defense Acquisition Pilot Program Working Groups. Team leader is Richard Sylvester, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Reform.

For revising protest reform: DoD Protest Reform Working Group. Team leader is Theresa Squillacote, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Reform.

For establishing process improvement metrics: Strategic Outcome Metrics Team. Team leader is Army Col. Stanley Leja.

For improving automation of acquisition information: Automated Acquisition Information Team. Team leader is Air Force Lt. Col. Dave London.

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