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SUBJ/ANNOUNCING 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
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.
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
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:
6. Released by the Honorable Kenneth J. Braithwaite, Secretary of the