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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 221-00
May 02, 2000

DOD VALUE ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FOR 2000 PRESENTED

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics 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 function analysis leading to actions or recommendations to reduce the production or operations cost of systems, equipment, facilities, services, and supplies. Its objective is to retain required system performance and quality while reducing cost.

"Ongoing changes in the DoD value engineering program," Gansler said, "have made it a more powerful tool to optimize the best values in total ownership cost, and allow us to achieve all necessary performance better, faster, and cheaper."

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, 1,901 in-house value engineering proposals were accepted with projected savings of $602 million. Another 154 contractor-initiated value engineering change proposals resulted in additional savings of $23 million.

The value engineering awards program has seven winning categories: (1) program management, (2) individual/team, (3) procurement/contract administration, (4) value engineering professional, (5) field command, (6) installation, and (7) contractor. In addition, a "special" award is given to recognize innovative applications or approaches that expanded the traditional scope of value engineering use.

The DoD Value Engineering Achievement Awards recipients for 2000 are:

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
Special Laurence Paulson, DoD VE program manager, 1992-1999
ARMY
Program Management Multiple Launch Rocket System Project Office
Individual/Team Baton Rouge Value Engineering Team
Professional Nanette Ramsey, U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity
Procurement/Contract Administration Gerald Taulbee, U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command
Field Command U.S. Army Industrial Operations Command
Installation Red River Army Depot
Contractor Robinson, Stafford & Rude, Inc.
Special Ronald L. D'Amico, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
NAVY
Program Management STANDARD Missile Program Office, Program Executive Office
Individual/Team Value Engineering Team, STANDARD Missile PMS 422
Procurement/Contract Administration Maria Melton, V-22 contracting officer; James Smith, V-22 senior contract specialist
Field Command Naval Air Systems Command, Research and Engineering Group
Installation Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division
Contractor Bell Boeing Joint Program Office
Special P141U Aircraft Maintenance Hangar Function Analysis Concept Working Group
Special Low Maintenance Vented Nickel Cadmium Battery Improvement Team

AIR FORCE
Program Management MILSTAR II Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center
Individual/Team Lt. Col. Dennis M. Miller, Air Armament Center
Professional Larry Keith Hamilton, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center
Procurement/Contract Administration U-2 Contractor Field Service Representative, Warner Robbins Air Logistics Center
Special Lt. Col. Randy Blaisdell, Electronic Systems Center, Detachment 5
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Program Management Value Management Program Unit, Defense Supply Center Columbus
Professional Mitchell McElroy, Defense Supply Center Columbus
Individual/Team Charles Grabowski and John Woloszyn, Defense Supply Center Philadelphia
Special Value Engineering Office, Defense Supply Center Richmond
BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE ORGANIZATION
Program Management PATRIOT Program Management Office
Individual/Team Joel Ellis, Theater High Altitude Area Defense Project Management Office
Professional Karen Caudle, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
Procurement/Contract Administration Donna Cancel, PATRIOT Project Management Office
DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY
Individual/Team Spend Plan Review Team