On November 5, the Coalition for Government Procurement (CGP) honored several GSA Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) employees and teams with 2014 Excellence in Partnership Awards. Kathy Jocoy, Post-Award Acquisition Division Director in the Northwest/Arctic Region (Region 10), and Steve Viar, recently-retired Director of Federal Systems Integration & Management (FEDSIM) in the FAS Office of Assisted Acquisition Services, were both presented with Lifetime Acquisition Excellence Awards for their “long-term commitment to improving the federal acquisition system.” According to CGP President Roger Waldron, “these honorees represent the best in public service and have demonstrated a devotion to common sense in acquisition.”
Kathy was honored based on her career-long dedication to the pursuit of excellence and her contributions to the creation of the Environmental Services Schedule, as well as the successful reorganization of what was the Management Services Center to better manage workload. She was also selected based on her concept and work to develop a consolidated professional services schedule.
Steve, who was with GSA for 36 years prior to his November 1 retirement, was honored for the innovation and excellence he brought to the government contracting practice throughout his career, including leadership of the very successful FEDSIM organization and contributions to the early development of Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), oral proposals, and the integration of performance-based contracts.
Other GSA staffers who were recognized include Jim Piche and Kristen Knapper,from the Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation Program in FEDSIM, a joint program with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Carol England and Rose Dominguez, from the Greater Southwest Region (Region 7). Jim, Kristen, Carol, and Rose were all awarded the CGP Excellence in Partnership Award for “Government Savings.”
The CGP recognized the joint FEDSIM and DHS team based on their collaborative development of the Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM) Program/Continuous Monitoring as a Service (CmaaS) Blanket Purchase Agreements — an innovative contracting solution available to all levels of government to fortify the security of .gov systems and computer networks that allows for an independently selected, customized approach at a one-size-fits-all price. Jim and Kristen received the Excellence in Partnership Award as part of their work with the team.
Carol and Rose were honored based on their development of a Small Business Set Aside Multiple Award Blanket Purchase Agreements for a variety of Environmental Services to support the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s worldwide mission and its customers under the Environmental Services Schedule. This new acquisition strategy changed the way the Air Force manages their day-to-day environmental business across the spectrum and is on track to save the Air Force millions without sacrificing the quality of the services being performed. The Blanket Purchase Agreement award amount was $100 million.
Finally, Jim Ghiloni and Todd Richards, leaders of the OASIS team, were selected as the 2014 “Myth-busters” awardees. The OASIS Team was selected based on their unprecedented industry outreach that consisted of active web-based communications through GSA Interact, the publication of requests for information (RFIs) and draft requests for proposals (RFPs)_ based on customer and industry feedback, and over 100 one-on-one sessions that resulted in a comprehensive OASIS contract for complex, integrated professional services.
“Congratulations to these employees and teams for representing the best of GSA,” said FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe. “Their commitment to constantly improving the federal acquisition marketplace is unwavering and I am honored they are part of the GSA team and being recognized by our industry partners.”
The CGP is a national trade association representing commercial contractors in the Federal market.