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Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)

The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is the Department of Defense (DoD) component that works directly with Defense suppliers to help ensure that DoD, Federal, and allied government supplies and services are delivered on time, at projected cost, and meet all performance requirements. DCMA directly contributes to the military readiness of the United States and its allies, and helps preserve the nation's freedom.

DCMA professionals serve as "information brokers" and in-plant representatives for military, Federal, and allied government buying agencies -- both during the initial stages of the acquisition cycle and throughout the life of the resulting contracts.

Before contract award, DCMA provides advice and information to help construct effective solicitations, identify potential risks, select the most capable contractors, and write contracts that meet the needs of our customers in DoD, Federal and allied government agencies.

After contract award, DCMA monitors contractors' performance and management systems to ensure that cost, product performance, and delivery schedules are in compliance with the terms and conditions of the contracts

Agency Data
Number of Contractors 19,682
Number of Active Contracts 345,300

Air Force Lt. Gen. Wendy M. Masiello
Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency

As the Director, she leads a Department of Defense agency that consists of more than 11,900 civilians and military personnel who execute worldwide contract management responsibilities, covering more than 20,000 contractors and more than $223 billion in unliquidated obligations.

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Meet Winston and Thomas, two DCMA professionals helping to keep the agency's information and mission secure. A special My DCMA for Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

The Defense Contract Management Agency’s Technical Directorate based at Fort Lee, Virginia, held a technical functional training seminar in northern Virginia in late August.

More than 350 employees from across the agency, representing all regions, attended.

“The emphasis of this conference was to allow DCMA employees out in the field to be heard,” said Richard Fanney, the executive director of the Technical Directorate. “We wanted to engage and listen to their ideas and questions.”

http://www.dcma.mil/News/Article-View/Article/1637856/dcma-technical-directorate-hosts-training-seminar-in-northern-virginia/

Brian Gary couldn’t detect any signs of the Abrams’ turbine engines straining as the tank accelerated to 35 mph up a steep hill. And after slowing to a crawl over the edge of a nearby drop in terrain, he learned the importance of capturing how equipment will operate in its intended environment. He was one of nine Keystone employees who toured the Army testing facility.

With the help of Katheryn Dennis, the local Keystone manager for the group, they saw first-hand the importance of the Defense Contract Management Agency’s mission to deliver reliable equipment and systems to our nation’s warfighters.

“We are always looking for new ways to teach our future (Keystones). We definitely recommend all contract management offices engage their Keystones in interactive learning,” said Dennis.

http://www.dcma.mil/News/Article-View/Article/1655390/keystone-managers-dig-deep-empower-with-effective-career-development-options/

The Medal of Honor will be awarded today at 3 p.m. Eastern to Army Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II for his heroic acts during Operation Enduring Freedom. Click for details and a link to the live webcast.

DCMA Atlanta employees are working diligently to support the agency’s vision of “one team, one voice, delivering global acquisition insight that matters.”

DCMA Atlanta recently conducted a quality assurance stand down to identify a directorate-wide solution when addressing customer concerns through the deficiency reporting process. A management internal control audit's results showed inconsistency in the approach before the stand down.

http://www.dcma.mil/News/Article-View/Article/1627855/dcma-atlantas-qa-directorate-hosts-policy-training-event/

DCMA Manassas leaders recently received an award at the Pentagon for their antiterrorism efforts.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency gave the contract management office the award for Best Antiterrorism Program in a small Department of Defense facility during the National Capital Region’s antiterrorism seminar on Aug. 21. The National Capital Region is comprised of cities in the Washington, DC, metro area.

http://www.dcma.mil/News/Article-View/Article/1626301/dcma-manassas-wins-antiterrorism-award/

My DCMA showcases the Defense Contract Management Agency’s experienced and diverse workforce and highlights what being a part of the national defense team means to them. Today we meet Sylov Cabose.

My name is Sylov Cabose, and I am a quality assurance specialist at DCMA Garden City in New York. My job duties include performing all functions required of the1910 job series. I have helped develop surveillance plans based on a risk management system. I review hundreds of contracts and technical data packages to identify specifications.

http://www.dcma.mil/News/Article-View/Article/1619726/my-dcma-sylov-cabose-quality-assurance-specialist/

George Abraham never thought he’d meet anyone at Defense Contract Management Agency Garden City who would like to talk about and play the sport of cricket. He’s been playing since he was a child in India.

But not only did he meet a co-worker who also enjoys the sport, the two work in the same contract division and also practice cricket together in their spare time.

http://www.dcma.mil/News/Article-View/Article/1625772/acos-support-warfighters-play-cricket-to-release-stress/

From Vice Adm. David Lewis, DCMA Director, to the workforce on the Air Force’s birthday,

Today we celebrate 71 years of the Air Force being established as its own service branch. Previously the Army Air Corps, Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 establishing what we know as our modern Air Force.

It has been my pleasure to work with many Airmen over the years. As I serve with them, I’ve seen the Air Force’s core values of: Integrity First; Service before Self; and Excellence in All We Do; alive and well in each of them. These values should sound familiar to you, as many years ago our Agency adopted them as our own.

As an Agency we manage more than 42,600 Air Force contracts within 60 programs, 37 of them being ACAT I, with an obligated contract amount of more than $658 billion. Needless to say, we play a huge role in assisting the Air Force in assuring air, space, and cyber dominance, both today and well into the future. We should be proud of this relationship and share with them in the celebration of their special day.

Happy birthday Air Force and thanks to all of DCMA’s Airmen, veteran Airmen and Air Force family members for your selfless service to our nation.

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DCMA has achieved 100% accountability of team members who have been affected by Hurricane Florence. Information and resources on preparing for and recovering from large storms or other emergency situations can be found at our employee Emergency Resource page.

http://www.dcma.mil/Emergency-Resources/

My DCMA showcases the Defense Contract Management Agency’s experienced and diverse workforce and highlights what being a part of the national defense team means to them. Today we meet Jaime Klein, who is a contract administrator at DCMA Garden City.

http://www.dcma.mil/News/Article-View/Article/1619364/my-dcma-jaime-klein-contract-administrator/

From Vice Adm. David Lewis, DCMA Director, to the workforce on 9/11,

There are few moments in the history of our lives where we can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when something occurred. The horrendous attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, was certainly one of these moments. This day fundamentally changed not just the American way of life but our world going forward.

As I travel back in my mind’s eye it still deeply saddens me to see the faces of the people whose lives were changed by the cowardly acts performed that day – many of these faces are colleagues of mine, both military and civilian. Compounding the heartache for many in our Agency was the realization that Herbert Homer, one of our own, was aboard United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center.

Mr. Homer had spent his entire 27-year career with DCMA and its predecessor organizations. He was admired by all, including the then Agency Director BG Edward Harrington, who said, “He was a man we could count on for support and assistance when needed, he was a giving man, a joyous man, and he is irreplaceable. He will be missed by all of us.” To ensure his sacrifice is never forgotten, the Agency’s headquarters building was named in his honor on Sept. 15, 2011, during its ribbon cutting ceremony. Additionally, this August large-scaled lettering of “Herbert Homer Hall” was placed on the building so his life, memory and sacrifice could be shared with all who see it.

As our Nation transitioned its efforts to bring the fight to those who orchestrated this evil, our Agency led the contracting efforts to ensure our warfighters had the equipment and tools they required to perform their mission. This meant our people deployed to the very same places as our warfighters. Countless DCMA employees put aside their own comforts to support the ensuing Global War on Terror. Anthony Acerra was one of these stellar employees.

Mr. Acerra was on his fifth deployment with DCMA when a convoy he was traveling in was attacked Oct. 29, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan, which unfortunately took his life. A Navy veteran, he had served his country for more than 30 years, the last 16 with the Agency. He, like Mr. Homer, was a beloved friend and colleague to everyone. “You couldn’t help but like him,” said a colleague of his in Afghanistan. “He made it seem so natural to be able to connect with people.” The most memorable statement I’ve read on him came from his friend and former supervisor. He said, “Tony had no other agenda with his work. He just wanted things to be done right.” To recognize current employees who embody these same characteristics, DCMA Hartford presents the Anthony Acerra Defender of Freedom award monthly.

Please take a moment today to remember these two great men, along with all the lives our nation has lost, due to that unfortunate day 17 years ago. Let their lives, and the continuing efforts of our warfighters, add perspective to our own work.

From Vice Adm. David Lewis, DCMA Director, to the workforce on Labor Day,

"I have said this before, and I will continue to shout it from the rooftops, this Agency is filled with incredibly dedicated, technically proficient people, who are essential to our nation’s defense efforts. Your efforts are a large part of enabling the greatest military force the world has ever seen. Thank you everything you do to protect the freedom our country has appreciated for 242 years.

Because of your efforts more than 343,000 contracts, valued at more than $5 trillion, are properly managed. Your work ensures that our warfighters get what they need in order to perform their mission, on time and at the right cost. Each business day we authorize $630 million in contract payments. That is significant, as is the amount of energy and expertise you put forward in order to make it happen.

That being said, I understand the pressure, the time, and the frustrations you deal with in order to perform, and succeed at, our mission. Please take this Labor Day to relax, decompress and spend quality time with those you love most. Labor Day is a day to celebrate the great American workforce, and you have carved a more than respectable slice of that pie.

Have a terrific, and refreshing, long weekend. You’ve certainly earned it."

#ThrowbackThursday to April of 1952, when Sarkis Tatigian began an 11-month tour of the U.S. Navy's small business mobile exhibit. His mission was to travel throughout America to increase awareness of small business contracting opportunities. More than 60 years later, Defense Contract Management Agency’s small business team shares a similar mission — minus the fancy trailer. The team provides support to defense and government customers by advocating for small businesses to ensure subcontracting compliance.

Check out the link below to read more about how our team of small business advocates align with the U.S. Small Business Administration and industry counterparts to ensure all sizes of companies receive a fair opportunity to compete for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contracts.

http://www.dcma.mil/News/Article-View/Article/1616800/boosting-small-business-demands-big-ideas/

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"[We] are witnessing a world that is awash in change, and maintaining readiness in the face of looming threats is a responsibility that we owe the next generation," said U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary James Mattis yesterday at a Pentagon briefing.

DCMA's mission is delivering readiness and lethality, which is the first of three lines of effort outlined in the National Defense Strategy. We are are stewards "to ensure warfighters have the technology and equipment they need both on the battlefields of today and tomorrow."

Congratulations to William Meyer, 2018 ASQ Inspector of the Year. As a quality assurance specialist with DCMA Seattle, Meyer's primary focus is on product examination, process reviews, and quality system audits with NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration programs. Last year he was runner-up for the award. Read more on that here:

http://www.dcma.mil/News/Article-View/Article/1294909/seattle-qas-earns-runner-up-inspector-of-the-year/

Here's Meyer speaking with ASQ about the changing role of quality assurance and inspection.

Defense acquisition oversight is a complex mission requiring equal parts the study of large numbers and the examination of small details. The formula for success often involves many U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)​ elements.

In Chicago, DCMA has been working with our colleagues at the Defense Contract Audit Agency to minimize duplication of efforts and share lessons learned. It's a working relationship that Michael Mandolfo, the DCAA Chicago Branch office manager, says could "achieve some exceptional results."

http://www.dcma.mil/News/Article-View/Article/1609484/dcma-dcaa-chicago-build-on-shared-vision/

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America produced more than 300,000 planes during WWII. Ninety percent of which were delivered from the factory to the armed services by women. At the time, these pilots were contractors who received no service-connected benefits despite their passion to serve our nation and contribute to the war effort.

Seventy-three years later, DCMA’s military pilots continue to carry on the proud tradition of delivering aircraft to the warfighter. This Sunday we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. It is a good time to look toward the past to honor the countless women who served important roles in America’s victories, and also toward the future, as we continue to pursue equality for all.

In this video, we visited the U.S. Army Women's Museum at U.S. Army Fort Lee to speak with Dr. Francoise Bonnell about these heroes.

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U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, prepare to jump out of an Illinois Air National Guard C-130 Hercules out of Peoria Air National Guard Base, Peoria, Illinois, while conducting airborne training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 8, 2018. The Soldiers of 4/25 belong to the only American airborne brigade in the Pacific and are trained to execute airborne maneuvers in extreme cold weather and high altitude environments in support of combat, partnership and disaster relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Javier Alvarez)

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Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman was awarded the Medal of Honor today for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty". President Trump presented the award to his widow, Valerie Nessel, at the White House Ceremony.

The live stream from the event is available at https://www.af.mil/Live/

From the delivery of the first Galaxy in 1968, to the delivery of the first Super Galaxy, pictured below, to the final C-5M delivered this month, DCMA Lockheed Martin Marietta now has a 50-year legacy providing an unmatched capability to the United States Air Force.

The final C-5M delivery to Westover Air Reserve Base on Aug. 2 brings the Air Force inventory to 52.

http://www.dcma.mil/News/Article-View/Article/1589617/dcma-lm-marietta-celebrates-50-year-milestone-of-c-5/

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. DeNoris A. Mickle

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"He was everything DCMA should be all about."

As we go about our work supporting the warfighter, it is imperative we remember all those who make the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

World War II veteran Irv Abramson stopped by DCMA Central Region HQ just outside of Chicago to discuss his life’s story with agency team members from across the Midwest. As a private first class, the Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient fought with the U.S. Army 100th Infantry Division through France, Germany and Belgium – where he was seriously injured during the Battle of the Bulge.

For many years, Abramson has partnered with Honor Flight Chicago – a non-profit organization that flies World War II and Korean veterans to Washington to be honored for their service.

DCMA acquisition professionals have gathered this week at the Central HQ to discuss the emerging challenges within the Defense contracting world.

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