‚ÄčANNOUNCING DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY A+ AWARD WINNERS

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RMKS/1.  Per reference (a), this ALNAV message announces the Department of 
the Navy (DON) A+ Awards Program recipients, which recognizes achievement in 
innovation and agility from across the DON over the past year.

2.  The purpose of the DON A+ Awards Program is to act as an overall 
authorizing framework for a continuous, highly-visible, credible, and sought-
after signal of recognition throughout the DON for those who best exhibit the 
principles of agility and accountability throughout the lifecycle of 
management.  All naval personnel who have received award recognition over the 
past year from the Assistant Secretaries of the Navy (ASN), General Council, 
and the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy are eligible for the DON A+ Award.

3.  The DON A+ Award recognizes members of the DON, either working 
individually or in teams, who positively demonstrate one of or more of the 
following elements of agility in their management of resources such as money, 
property, people, or information:  velocity, collaboration, visibility, 
adaptability, innovation, humility, skepticism, and trust.  Nominations may 
be submitted anytime throughout the year and will be adjudicated throughout 
the year on a continuous basis.  This year's eight A+ Award recipients are:
    a. Team Award:  CWO4 Roxan McNamee, Team Lead, Programs and Resources 
(P&R), Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC).  CWO4 McNamee and her team of 
military and civilian employees developed a Financial Measures of Performance 
dashboard for identifying and correcting abnormal accounting conditions.  The 
dashboard provides interactive visualizations of critical accounting metrics 
that satisfy the Commandant of the Marine Corps responsibility for taxpayer 
accountability.  The Financial Measures of Performance Team worked with 
stakeholders to determine critical performance metrics and worked with the 
programming team to produce accurate results.
    b. Team Award:  Ms. Peggy Smith, Team Lead, Assistant Program Manager - 
Marine Corps Systems Command.  Ms. Smith's team contribution - when Infantry 
Combat Marines expressed their frustration with current Federal Procurement 
List mandated supply sources, ICE teamed with AbilityOne to deliver supplies 
two months faster.  ICE applied its collective knowledge and grit to award 
eight competitive, best-value contracts during the fiscal year, seven 
reserved for small businesses, while effectively and efficiently 
administering other contracts in support of individual Marines and Sailors.  
All Fiscal Year 2019 efforts, valued at $365.6 million, were awarded on time 
or ahead of schedule, securing the obligation of expiring funds and 
guaranteeing that equipment /clothing would be available for Marines in 2020.
    c. Team Award:  Major Zachary Cesarz, Team Lead, P&R, HQMC.  The Program 
Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) Team are the pathfinders in reforming the 
Marine Corps Planning, Programming, Budget, Execution, and Assessment process 
to modernize and optimize corporate governance.  PA&E's new Commanders 
Organizational Risk Estimate Report enables senior leaders to gather, 
process, and apply organizational information to make informed resourcing 
decisions, and to understand associated risks to their organizational and 
enterprise essential missions and tasks.
    d. Team Award:  Major Joni Ong, Marine Corps Systems Command.  During 
this period and in response to the recent Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic, 
the Task Group Collaboration Team executed a deliberate enterprise migration 
to Office 365.  Providing critical continuity of services, the team worked 
tirelessly ensuring stakeholders were kept informed, bandwidth was available 
to meet system demands, technical personnel were in place, and migration of 
mailboxes and other critical information technology services occurred 
seamlessly and without interruption to the end user.  The migration increased 
the average user email mailbox size by 10,000 percent and individual storage 
capability by 7,100 percent while reducing local datacenter requirements by 
80 percent.  The team's dedicated efforts migrated roughly 151,000 users to 
Office
365 in record time.
    e. Individual Award:  Mr. Kyle R. Ketchum, Office of the ASN (Energy, 
Installations & Environment) (ASN (EI&E)).  Mr. Ketchum is a collaborative, 
agile servant leader who established and sustains an organizational climate 
of continuous improvement and innovation, driving tangible and extraordinary 
results.  These results have motivated critical, impactful changes to the DON 
business operations and advanced the National Defense Strategy.
    f. Individual Award:  Captain Warren R. LeBeau, Assistant Secretary of 
the Navy (Installations and Facilities).  Captain LeBeau completed a mission 
for the DON that had for nearly half a decade, been thought impossible.  
Despite the direct and focused efforts of many admirals, senior civilians, 
political appointees, congressional members and staff, and the attention of 
service chiefs and Secretaries, addressing unexploded ordnance on the 
territory of Guam festered for over five years.
    g. Individual Award:  Ms. Jessica Rodriguez, Security Specialist (DON/ 
Assistant for Administration). Ms. Rodriguez made significant contributions 
to the personnel security enterprise for the Secretary of the Navy staff in 
Calendar Year 2020.  In a review of over 4,000 Secretariat records, Ms.
Rodriguez identified over 150 staff whose periodic reinvestigations were 
overdue, and 550 security records with missing information.  She immediately 
initiated action to initiate reinvestigations, complete records, and comply 
with management internal control program requirements.
    h. Individual Award:  Dr. Jennifer Rous, Office of the ASN (EI&E). Dr. 
Rous'
professional expertise, breadth of experience, and leadership qualities made 
positive and enduring impacts within the Department of Defense (DoD), and the 
DON.  Her proactive approach to managing her expansive industrial hygiene, 
occupational health and environmental health portfolio resulted in the 
mitigation of environmental and health hazards in military and privatized 
housing.

4.  Additionally, DON A+ Award winners will automatically be forwarded for 
consideration for the Office of Management and Budget sponsored Gears of 
Government Awards Program.  The DON will have the opportunity to select the 
most deserving eight individuals or Team representatives (four Navy and four 
Marine Corps) for this Award, which recognizes the contributions of the 
Federal Workforce in support of the President's Management Agenda in the 
areas of mission, service, and stewardship.  In addition to being recognized 
by the Secretary of the Navy, winners will automatically be forwarded for 
recognition by the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) along with similar award 
winners from the rest of the DoD.  All DoD SECDEF winners will then go on to 
compete against similar winners from other Federal Agencies at the National 
level for potential selection for recognition in a White House Ceremony.

5.  The DON Office of the Chief Management Officer (OCMO) is the responsible 
organization for the DON A+ Program.  The ASN (Research, Development and
Acquisition) supports OCMO in the administration of the A+.  Further guidance 
will be provided in separate correspondence and through the DON A+ Awards 
webpage.  The DON A+ Awards webpage is located at: 
https://www.secnav.navy.mil /ocmo/pages/awards.aspx.

6.  Released by the Honorable Kenneth J. Braithwaite, Secretary of the 
Navy.//

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