Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards

07/17/2019 UPDATE - USD(A&S) Establishes Two New Software Awards

On July 17, 2019 two new awards were added to the Call for Nominations to recognize individuals and teams for their outstanding software development and acquisition. The Individual Achievement Award - Software and the 2019 Software Innovation Team Award nominations must be electronically submitted to by August 30, 2019. For all other awards, the August 16, 2019 deadline stands. Questions can be addressed to or (703) 805-2387.

05/03/2019 - The Defense Acquisition Workforce is composed of more than 174,500 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 on October 29, 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 19 acquisition functional disciplines. New categories for the 2019 awards cycle include International Partnership and Software. To apply for the Individual Achievement Software Award, please use this nomination form.

  • Software Innovation Team Award

    Software is a crucial and growing part of weapons systems. This award recognizes those who epitomize innovation and use of best practices in software development and acquisition as evidenced by frequent and high quality delivery of software capabilities into the hands of warfighters. To apply for the Software Innovation Team Award, please use this nomination form.

  • 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.