Dec 23, 2013
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — What started as a simple process-improvement plan led to an acquisition program manager here being recognized with a 2013 Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) commander’s award.
Presented to Patricia “Trish” Butler during the annual NAWCAD Commander’s Awards and Innovation Awards ceremony Dec. 18 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., the Individual Business Excellence honor acknowledges employees who contribute to excellence and teamwork in the workplace, while supporting the goals and objectives of the command.
Identifying a need for acquisition-protocol overhaul, Butler, who works for the Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Office (PMA-205), conceived, launched and spearheaded the development of an innovative approach that streamlined the process for more than 820 legacy training-systems products.
“Trish identified a requirement for change and pioneered the effort to streamline and accelerate the acquisition process,” said Capt. Craig Dorrans, PMA-205 program manager. “She used her expertise in acquisition streamlining to develop an implementation plan that focused on improving the process and application of the acquisition regulations. Her resourcefulness in gaining approval for the new process will lead to money and manpower being saved.”
Butler focused on improving efficiencies and eliminating unproductive bureaucracy by analyzing the total number of new training system programs and defining the execution risk of each based on critical elements. From there, the program could appropriately streamline the required acquisition documentation and efficiently allocate resources to develop and maintain cost, schedule and technical performance, eliminating a disproportionate amount of workload.
“The program office supported my idea and challenged me to expound upon it,” Butler said. “This award represents the dedication of many individuals who were committed to improvement for the betterment of the warfighter.”
Her efforts resulted in a reduction of 337 staff hours per program and an estimated savings of $3.64 million across the future years’ defense plan.
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