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DoD Unveils Acquisition Excellence Award Winners

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The Defense Department has recognized acquisition teams across the department and intelligence agencies for showing “exemplary” contracting practices, DoD News reported Friday.

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said DoD gave the 2017 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award to organizations that helped meet goals under the National Defense Strategy.

The award was established in honor of David Packard, who co-founded Hewlett-Packard and served as deputy defense secretary under the administration of Richard Nixon.

The U.S. Navy‘s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office received the award due to its “innovative” use of contracting measures to manage a large portfolio of airborne platforms.

DoD also recognized the Defense Contract Management Agency‘s Special Programs Quick Closeout Team for its efforts to speed up the closing of contracts and reduce the number of overage contracts.

The National Reconnaissance Office‘s Low Earth Orbit System Program Office within the Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate obtained the 2017 Packard Award for carrying out the launch of an LEO SIGINT spacecraft.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency‘s Agile Web Presence Program Management Office gained the distinction for addressing the geospatial intelligence needs of DoD and the intelligence community through a “proactive” approach.

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