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Release No: 276-98
June 02, 1998

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TEAM TO RECEIVE HAMMER AWARDFOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WELFARE TO WORK PROGRAM

Nineteen Department of Defense (DoD) employees will receive Hammer Award certificates this Thursday from the National Partnership for Reinventing Government (formerly the National Performance Review) for their successful efforts in creating DoD's Welfare to Work (WTW) Program to support the President's initiative. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy Frank M. Rush Jr. and Principal Deputy Director Bob Stone of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government will present the awards in a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. (EDT) on June 4 in Room 2E715, the Pentagon.

The award-winning team led the Department's efforts by developing and publishing a WTW Handbook for installations and by developing special recruitment, training, mentoring, and workplace assimilation programs to ease the transition from welfare to work. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy Diane M. Disney is responsible for the Welfare to Work initiative for the Department of Defense.

Hammer Award recipients were: Diane M. Disney, Nancy J. Hill, and Joseph Gillis from the DoD Civilian Personnel Policy office; Bart Kuhns, Greg Pharr, and Donna Hanson from the Defense Civilian Personnel Management Service; Shirley Howard, Yolanda Maldonado, Cheryl Vinci, and Sandra Curran from the Department of the Army; Yvette Waters, Diane Hart, Lynn Wright, and Marty Zidek from the Department of the Navy; Eric Dilworth and Susan Atwater from the Air Force; Kay Fannin from the Defense Commissary Agency; Ruth Mariner from the Navy Exchange Command; and James Winters from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

Taking a leading role in this administration initiative, the DoD has already hired 1,058 former welfare recipients, 759 into nonappropriated fund positions and 299 into the civil service. These figures represent 66 percent of the Department's four-year goal to hire 1,600 former welfare recipients. They are working in jobs ranging from cashier to motor vehicle operator, from recreation aide to machinist, from personnel technician to pipefitter.

In addition, the Department set the tone for the rest of the government by reaching out to its contractor community for additional support. Numerous contractors have already shown support for the program.

Media interested in covering this event should contact Lt. Col. Tom Begines, Directorate for Defense Information, at (703)697-5133.

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