Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards

The Defense Acquisition Workforce is composed of more than 173,500 devoted civilian and military professionals from the Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, Department of the Air Force, Defense Agencies, and Field Activities. The acquisition workforce is critical to sustaining and achieving increased readiness, lethality, and affordability. Every member of the acquisition community plays an instrumental role in delivering, procuring, and sustaining innovative and affordable solutions in support of the Warfighter and Defense mission.

On behalf of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)), HCI hosts the Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards Ceremony to recognize the best of the best across the entire Defense Acquisition Workforce. This year's Call for Nominations was issued May 3, 2019 with nominations due August 16, 2019. Selection panels comprised of senior leaders and subject matter experts will review nominations and make recommendations on winners to the USD(A&S). Award winners will be honored at a Pentagon Ceremony targeted for late October 2019 through the presentation of the:

  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Awards

    The Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Awards highlight individuals who demonstrated an exemplary commitment to excellence and professionalism in the acquisition of products and services for the DoD. These awards recognize individuals in each of the 18 acquisition functional disciplines.

  • Flexibility in Contracting Award

    The Flexibility in Contracting Award was established by Section 834 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The award recognizes outstanding professionals who have, in their approach to program management and contracting, demonstrated “innovation and local adaptation” by using the flexibilities and authorities granted by the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the DoD Instruction 5000.02 (Operation of the Defense Acquisition System) to increase the efficiency of programs.

  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Innovation Awards

    The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Innovation Awards were established to recognize excellence by acquisition organizations in developing unique and innovative solutions to ensure that their workforce is well equipped to deliver world-class capabilities to the Warfighter. The awards highlight exceptional outside-the-box thinking and progress in tackling workforce development challenges.