Thursday, September 25, 2014

From The Factory Floor To The Front Line: New Mission Statement For The Defense Contract Management Agency

The Defense Contract Management Agency released the below information:

FORT LEE, Va. - Defense Contract Management Agency Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello announced a new mission statement for the agency in an email to the workforce yesterday:

We are the independent eyes and ears of DoD and its partners, delivering actionable acquisition insight from the factory floor to the front line … around the world.

“Those words get to the heart of what DCMA is about,” said Masiello. “We are uniquely poised on the factory floor to front line continuum to provide insight to our program partners so they can make the best decisions about their contracts and the products and services that result.”

The announcement came as Masiello finishes her first 100 days as the agency’s director. She’s spent much of that time visiting contract management office’s around the world, talking with employees at all levels to get a full understanding of the organization’s work and the challenges it faces.

“These visits have solidified my belief that DCMA is a great organization with great people,” she said. “I’ve been inspired by the dedication, innovation and observations you’ve shared. I look forward to meeting more of you in the future.”

Masiello took the input from her visits into a two-day strategic offsite meeting with agency senior leaders. There they conducted a stakeholder analysis and discussed overarching DoD strategic guidance including the Quadrennial Defense Review; the DoD Strategic Management Plan; and the acquisition, technology and logistics Better Buying Power initiatives.

The meeting also produced a new vision to complement the new mission statement:

One team, one voice delivering global acquisition insight that matters.

Masiello said, “This vision means we will integrate our efforts, analyze our data, and provide one unified message that our customers can use to the benefit of today’s contracts and those in the future.”

In addition, the director announced four broad strategic goals that will be the foundation of a strategic plan for fiscal years 2015 to 2020.

Masiello said in the coming weeks she’ll conduct both virtual and live all-hands sessions with the workforce to discuss the agency’s way ahead.

“I could not be more proud to be a part of this amazing team,” said the director. “I know that by working together we will overcome many obstacles while exceeding any goals we assign ourselves. I look forward to your partnership as together we provide acquisition insight that matters through global engagement."

NOTE:  After serving in the U.S. Navy as a young sailor during the Vietnam War I went on to serve as a Defense Department civilian employee for the Defense Contract Management Agency.

For the last 21 of my more than 37 years of combined U.S. Navy/DCMA service, I was the administrative officer of a DCMA command in Philadelphia. I oversaw security, safety, public affairs and other support services for the command.

I retired in 2007 and became a full-time writer.

You can learn more about DCMA (then called DCASR and DCASMA) and the old Philadelphia Quartermaster via the below link:

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