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Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,
Technology and Logistics – Human Capital Initiatives



The Defense Acquisition Workforce is composed of 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. With excellence, the more than 160,000 members of this prestigious workforce strive to provide great support to the Warfighter and protect the taxpayer through their complex development, acquisition, and sustainment efforts. The FY16-FY21 DoD AWF Strategic Plan emphasizes the importance of not only improving the professionalism of the total Acquisition Workforce, but also increasing the recognition of excellence in Acquisition management.

On behalf of Ms. Lord, HCI hosts the Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement and Development Award, as well as the “Spotlight” Recognition Award. Additional information on our recognition programs can be found below.

Call for Nominations

Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual and Development

The Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement and Workforce Development Awards highlight premiere examples of individual excellence and outstanding organizational workforce quality initiatives. The Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Award was established to recognize and motivate individuals who have demonstrated excellent performance in the acquisition of products and services for the Department of Defense (DoD). This program recognizes DoD military members and civilian personnel who represent the best in the acquisition workforce across 18 award categories.

The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Award was established to recognize those organizations that are achieving excellence in developing their employees as acquisition professionals, leaders and our future acquisition workforce. Additionally, the award serves our community by identifying best practices for other organizations to adopt. The program focuses on three major contribution areas: (1) Talent Management; (2) Knowledge Transfer, Partnering, and Sharing of Workforce Best Practices, and (3) Workforce Development and Recognition Initiatives. Photos and accomplishments of the winners will be on display for one (1) year in the Pentagon Defense Acquisition Workforce Wall of Recognition display.

2016 Award Winners

2015 Award Winners

2014 Award Winners

“Spotlight” Recognition Awards

The “Spotlight” Recognition Award is designed to recognize Acquisition Workforce professionals (civilian and military) for their significant acquisition accomplishments in any of the USD(AT&L) priorities. The essential element of a “Spotlight” Recognition Award is to recognize individuals or team members who are doing great work for the Department, but are not necessarily in the “spotlight” on a day-to-day basis.

The Spotlight Awards