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By Rick Gregory, APEO Business Operations Support Staff

PEO STRI was recognized recently with the top award (Gold) in the large organization (more than 500 employees) category in the annual 2013 Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Award Program.

The Department of Defense-wide competition was started in 2004, with the entries being judged by senior government and private sector leaders in workforce training, development and talent management. PEO STRI’s workforce development initiatives have previously been acknowledged with the Bronze Award.

Craig Spisak, director of the US Army Acquisition Support Center; Gabe Camarillo, principal deputy for Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology); Traci Jones, assistant program executive officer for project support, U.S. Army PEO STRI; Dr. Jim Blake, program executive officer, U.S. Army PEO STRI

Craig Spisak, director of the US Army Acquisition Support Center; Gabe Camarillo, principal deputy for Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology); Traci Jones, assistant program executive officer for project support, U.S. Army PEO STRI; Dr. Jim Blake, program executive officer, U.S. Army PEO STRI

The award, according to the announcement calling for entries, “recognizes organizations that have displayed outstanding commitment, innovation and results to develop and support the success of their acquisition professionals.”

Frank Kendall, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, wrote in a memorandum to the workforce leadership about the importance of professionalism in the acquisition workforce.

“In the end, it is the quality of our people that matters the most, more so than any policy or regulation anyone can put in place,” he wrote. “As such, we will focus on further improving the capability of our workforce and provide them with the best tools and skill sets they need to do their job of obtaining the best possible value for the government.”

Criteria for being considered for the award included evidence of the organization’s contribution to improve the qualifications and professionalism of the workforce through talent management, developing leaders, knowledge transfer, support and alignment of development investments to mission and organization priorities, partnering and sharing of best practices.

PEO STRI’s Workforce Development Office, which is a member of the Project Support Group, is headed by Ms. Jean H. Burmester who serves as both chief of the office and the dean of the Acquisition Academy.

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