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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 261-99
May 25, 1999

FISCAL YEAR 98 VALUE ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS PRESENTED

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Jacques S. Gansler presented the annual Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Awards during a ceremony held today at the Pentagon.

Value engineering is a systematic functional analysis leading to actions or recommendations to improve the value of systems, equipment, facilities, services, and supplies. The objectives are to improve quality and to reduce cost. The awards are intended to recognize significant achievements in value engineering during the past fiscal year and to further the use of value engineering by DoD personnel and its contractors.

During the last fiscal year, 4,229 in-house value engineering proposals were accepted with reported savings of $914 million. Another 167 contractor-initiated value engineering change proposals were accepted with additional savings of $109 million.

The value engineering award program is a highly visible acknowledgment of exemplary achievements and encourages additional projects to improve in-house and contractor productivity. An award winner from each DoD component was eligible for selection in the following seven categories: (1) program management, (2) individual/team, (3) procurement/contract administration, (4) value engineering professional, (5) field command, (6) installation, and (7) contractor. Additional "special" awards were given to recognize innovative applications or approaches that expanded the traditional scope of value engineering use.

The awardees during today's ceremony were:

ARMY
Program Management Army Tactical Missile System Brilliant Anti-Armor Submunitions
Individual/Team Fred Pozzuto, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District
Professional Frank Vicidomina, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District
Procurement/Contract Administration Michael Gallagher and Nabeel Attia, U.S. Army Communications- Electronics Command Acquisition Center
Field Command U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
Installation Tobyhanna Army Depot
Contractor Mine Safety Appliances Co.
Special Earl C. Wilson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District
NAVY
Program Management V-22 Value Engineering Change Proposal Integrated Product Team
Individual/Team Aircraft Fire Protection Team, Naval Air Warfare Center, Patuxent River
Installation Resident Officer in Charge of Contracts, Sewells Point
Contractor Pacific Environmental Services Inc.
Cederquist, Rodriguez, Ripley, Maddux, P.C.
Special U.S. Cost Inc.
Special Universal Battery Charger/Analyzer Team
AIR FORCE
Program Management F-22 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center
Individual/Team DSP Launch and On-Orbit Operations Team, Space and Missile Systems Center
Professional Terry L. Miller, Aeronautical Systems Center
Procurement/Contract Administration Space Test and Evaluation Contract Source Selection Team, Space and Missile Systems Center
Field Command U-2 Management Directorate, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center
Special Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center

Program Management Thrust Assembly Team
Professional Lilibeth de los Santos, Defense Supply Center, Richmond
Procurement/Contract Administration Defense Contract Management Command - Dayton
Field Command Defense Supply Center, Richmond
Contractor Anchor Industries Inc.
Special Joseph Seborowski, Value Engineering Program Manager, Defense Industrial Supply Center
BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE ORGANIZATION
Program Management Theater High Altitude Area Defense Program Management Office
Individual/Team Sidney Gaddy, PATRIOT Project Office
DEFENSE FINANCE & ACCOUNTING SERVICE
Program Management Electronic Document Management/Access Program Management Office