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Coast Guard Acquisition Professionals Receive DHS Program Management Awards
June 17, 2013
Ken King receives the fiscal year 2012 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Program Manager of the Year award from DHS Under Secretary for Management Rafael Borras at a ceremony held at DHS Headquarters, June 13, 2013. King is the longest-serving Program Manager within the Coast Guard’s surface program. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Clayton.
Several U.S. Coast Guard Acquisition professionals and teams were recognized as recipients of fiscal year 2012 Department of Homeland Security Program Management Awards at a ceremony held at Department headquarters June 13, 2013.
Coast Guard personnel received four awards for acquisition excellence including Program Manager of the Year, Acquisition Professional of the Year, Program of the Year and Component Acquisition Executive Team of the Year.
The awards program is an effort to recognize the accomplishments of DHS acquisition professionals that have demonstrated superior performance and exemplary execution of program management using processes and approaches that show innovation and excellence within the DHS program management field.
Awards were presented in a total of five categories, and the following individuals and teams from the Coast Guard were selected to receive four in recognition of the outstanding work accomplished:
Rory Souther receives the Acquisition Professional of the Year Award from Under Secretary for Management, Rafael Borras at a ceremony held at DHS Headquarters, June 13, 2013. Souther serves as the resource director for the Coast Guard’s acquisition directorate. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Clayton.
- Program Manager of the Year: Ken King
- Ken King is the Coast Guard’s longest-serving surface program manager and responsible for overseeing multiple major and non-major acquisition projects. In 2012, King achieved completion of the patrol boat Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP) eight months ahead of schedule and $25.1 million under budget.
- Acquisition Professional of the Year: Rory Souther
- Rory Souther is the acquisition resource director, responsible for carrying out financial planning, programming, budgeting and internal controls across the Coast Guard’s multi-billion dollar recapitalization portfolio. In 2012, he devised several key innovative approaches to improve acquisition management, such as creating an advanced business intelligence tool, the Acquisition Performance Management System, recovery of more than $8 million in expiring funds and developed a policy to limit multiple lines of accounting for procurement actions, which simplified invoice payment processes and ensured compliance with federal law.
Members of the HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft team received the award for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Program of the Year from DHS Under Secretary for Management Rafael Borras at a ceremony held at DHS Headquarters, June 13, 2013. Pictured are from left to right: (front row) Andrew McCue, Jimmie Wilks, HC-144A Project Manager Ron McIntire, DHS Under Secretary for Management Rafael Borras, Lt. Cmdr. Jess Bylsma, and Pesebra Cartwright; (back row) Lt. Cmdr. Gene McGuinness, Orie Davis, Lt. Eileen Beck, and Cmdr. Te-Ali Coley. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Clayton.
- Program of the Year: HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA)
- The MPA team created on-time, on-budget contract performance in 2012, accepted the 13th MPA two months early and maintained delivery of the 14th MPA on schedule. The team also executed over $100 million in awards, all within projected timelines.
- Component Acquisition Executive Team of the Year: Office of Acquisition Support (CG-924)
- The Office of Acquisition Support (CG-924) facilitated a senior executive oversight process that included 17 Acquisition Review Boards for more effective governance. The Team also worked closely with each project manager to achieve 99 percent compliance with Coast Guard Major Systems Acquisition Manual (MSAM) document requirements.
The Office of Acquisition Support received honors as DHS Component Acquisition Executive (CAE) Team of the Year from DHS Under Secretary for Management Rafael Borras at a ceremony held at DHS Headquarters, June 13, 2013. Pictured from left to right (front row) Mark McNabb, Tikia Riggins, Acting Office Chief Kimberly Munch, DHS Under Secretary for Management Rafael Borras, Cristen Oehrig, and David Raboy; (back row) John Pfautz, Reggie Soule, Larry Thompson, and Scott Haller. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Clayton.
“This recognition validates the work we began in acquisition in 2006,” said Vice Adm. John Currier, the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, who was on hand for the award presentations. “In 2006 we started to reform Coast Guard acquisition with the goal of becoming a model for mid-sized acquisition organizations. Today confirms that we needed to undertake that work and that we trusted our people to do it, and they did it. It’s very gratifying and I couldn’t be more proud of our people.”
For more information on Coast Guard Acquisitions programs go to www.uscg.mil/acquisition.