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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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In this edition of My DCMA, meet Miguel Thomas, a quality assurance specialist with DCMA Santa Ana in Carson, California.

My DCMA: Miguel Thomas

In this edition of My DCMA, meet Miguel Thomas, a quality assurance specialist with DCMA Santa Ana in Carson, California.

Posted by Defense Contract Management Agency on Friday, March 23, 2018

Join the DCMA team! Three opportunities coming up to talk with our recruiters in Texas, Nevada and Colorado.

Hiring Heroes Career Fair
March 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sam Houston Community Center
1395 Chaffee Rd.
Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Women In Aviation
March 22-24
Reno-Sparks Convention Center (booth 736)
4590 South Virginia St.
Reno, Nevada

Bilingual & Diversity Job Fair
April 3, 10 a.m - 3 p.m.
Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S Syracuse St.
Denver, Colorado

DCMA's recruiting team is at the Hyatt Chicago right now, ready to discuss career opportunities at the agency. Stop by and visit if you're in the area, or go to anytime for the latest on openings.

FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Henry Nettey wanted to do more to support his customers in Afghanistan, so he deployed alongside them.

Nettey is a contract administrator at Defense Contract Management Agency Hampton who deployed for five months under the Contingency Response Force program to the Area Support Group’s contracting office at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, from August 2017 to January 2018.

As a hurricane prepares to make landfall, instinct drives residents away from the impending storm. Sometimes the hurricane passes quietly, and sometimes nature unleashes its ferocity, leaving the remaining residents in peril. In these cases, residents often rely on the heroics of strangers for survival. DCMA’s Ryan Maichel is one of those strangers …

To read more, check out the link:

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Congratulations to the seven DCMA employees who graduated this month from the Executive Leadership Program. Front row (from left): Linda DeVance, Heidi Frazier, Natalia Reid and Julius Keys. Back row: Jeff Piecewicz, William Lucas and Nam Nguyen.

The program consisted of four one week training sessions and an eight week developmental assignment, with an emphasis on leading people, leading teams and mentorship.

The Executive Leadership Program is one of many programs that fall under DCMA’s Centralized Development Program. Employees can find information on all the available programs on the Human Capital 360 site (login required) at

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Congratulations to DCMA’s Special Programs Quick Closeout Team for being awarded the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan on Friday. The team piloted new, quick closeout techniques that standardized risk factors and changed the paradigm in how contracts could be closed. This resulted in 4,805 contracts being closed using quick closeout alone and enabled a 32.8 percent improvement in overage contract reduction, creating a positive contract closeout rate and reducing the overage contract backlog. Great job, team.

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When Kyle Carter began mentoring high school engineering students nine years ago, he was eager but somewhat apprehensive.

As a Defense Contract Management Agency quality assurance specialist at DCMA Garden City for the past four years, and an engineering technician working in private industry for 17 years prior to that, Carter knew he had knowledge to share, but he was curious just how receptive the students would be.

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 Miriam Martinez.

My name is Miriam Martinez, and this is “My DCMA.”

I am a lead quality assurance specialist at DCMA St. Petersburg located in Florida, but I am based at a defense contractor, Propper International, in Puerto Rico.

Barbara Runnels knows that teambuilding exercises are important to strengthening her employees’ communication skills.

Runnels, who supervises approximately 50 employees at DCMA Manassas, has been a part of the agency and its predecessors for 35 years. Since she came into her current position in September 2015, she has hosted various events during the year to help her employees bond with one another, use their analytical and problem-solving skills, and learn to think outside of the box, which is important when her contract administrators need to assist their customers.



If you have received your furlough letter then follow the instructions in the letter and return to work on your next scheduled duty day. If you have not received your letter then you are considered in a duty status and should treat the rest of today as a normal duty day.

Contact your supervisor or leadership chain with specific questions. Visit for updates.

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On Feb. 5, Navy Vice Adm. David Lewis visited DCMA Orlando to speak at an All Hands meeting. During his trip, he also toured Kaman Precision Products. During the tour, Admiral Lewis received briefings by DCMA employees and contractor personnel.

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On Jan. 30, DCMA Hampton employees celebrated the official occupancy of their new office at Fort Eustis, Va., with a ribbon- cutting event and reception. This move, which includes the entire Contracting organization, is the first part of a two-phase project to relocate 145 contract management office positions currently residing in Hampton onto Fort Eustis.

All CMO employees are scheduled to relocate onto the base in July 2018. A strong partnership between the CMO and DCMA HQ Facilities was key to the success of this project, with special thanks from the CMO to Phyllis Anderson, who works in Facilities, for her exceptional project management.

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Congratulation to Timothy Callahan, DCMA executive director of Contracts, on his retirement. Callahan's seven years with the agency were preceded by time in industry and 29 years with the Air Force.

Read more about the ceremony on our website at

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MESA, Ariz. - Navy Vice Adm. Dave Lewis, DCMA director; Air Force Col. Dave Learned, DCMA Western Region commander; and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Mitchell, DCMA senior enlisted advisor, visited the agency's Boeing Mesa and Phoenix offices earlier this month. The trip included a tour of the facility where the newest variant of the Army's AH-64 Apache helicopter and a first-time build of the AH-6i Light Attack helicopter are in production.

The Boeing Mesa stop was the director's 50th contract management office visit since taking command, a significant milestone as he executes his plan to visit all CMOs in his first year as DCMA director. (Photos courtesy of Boeing)

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Tamie Haines knows her job as a contract administrator at DCMA Lockheed Martin Orlando is important.

She also uses her previous and current military experience, including as a recently promoted second lieutenant in the Air National Guard, to help her on the job.

DCMA team members often engage their communities to strengthen local relationships and reinforce their commitment to civic-minded support.

Air Force Col. Owen Stephens, the DCMA Lockheed Martin Fort Worth commander, recently hosted students at the Fort Worth based F-35 facility to inform and inspire America's next generation of leaders.

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My DCMA is an opportunity to hear directly from the Defense Contract Management Agency workforce. Featured in this edition is Air Force Col. Louis Orndorff, commander of DCMA Middle East.

My DCMA: Col. Louis Orndorff

My DCMA is an opportunity to hear directly from the Defense Contract Management Agency workforce. Featured in this edition is Air Force Col. Louis Orndorff, commander of DCMA Middle East.

Posted by Defense Contract Management Agency on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

DCMA has made significant strides in the support for diversity category based on recent data from the 2017 “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” survey.

The survey is conducted by the Partnership for Public Service, and is based on data from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey completed by the DCMA workforce. The agency has an index score of 63.7 in the diversity category, which led to a rank of 62 out of 148 reporting agencies.

DCMA EMPLOYEES: The Federal Government shutdown has ended. The Agency will resume normal operations on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

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NOTE: Shutdown has ended.

DCMA EMPLOYEES: Important information regarding the government shutdown is posted on the agency website. Visit for updates as they available.

Congratulations to the DCMA Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale team for work done on the Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program. A SBIRS satellite will launch from Florida tonight atop an Atlas V rocket – the event will be live-streamed at the link below. A 40 minute launch window opens at 7:52 p.m. Eastern.

The DCMA program support team includes 10 team members performing contract oversight on the manufacturing, test and deployment of the SBIRS satellite and ground systems.

Ich Nguyen, a DCMA engineer, lived an extraordinary life, as told here by the Hartford Courant. Nguyen died last month, but leaves a powerful legacy.

Defense Contract Management Agency's Roundup provides a quick look at stories featuring the agency's team members and the role they play in its warfighter support mission.

Visit the DCMA homepage regularly to read about these stories and more.

DoD Contract Awards

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CONTRACTS ARMY Alstom Renewable US LLC, Greenwood Village, Colorado, was awarded a $321,341,763

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 CONTRACTS NAVY Aviation Systems Engineering Co.,* Lexington Park, Maryland (N00421-18-D-0026);

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CONTRACTS NAVY Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded

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 CONTRACTS AIR FORCE Raytheon Co., Intelligence, Information and Services, Colorado Springs,

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CONTRACTS ARMY Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $3,531,926,800

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 CONTRACTS AIR FORCE United Launch Services, Centennial, Colorado, has been awarded a $354,811,947

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CONTRACTS NAVY Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being

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CONTRACTS AIR FORCE GSD&M Idea City LLC, Austin, Texas, has been awarded a $741,000,000

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CONTRACTS AIR FORCE URS Federal Technical Services Inc., Germantown, Maryland, has been awarded a

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CONTRACTS ARMY Raytheon Co. Intelligence and Information Systems, Garland, Texas (W56KGY-18-D-0002);