Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT October-December 2016 Contents contracting (PARC). She's responsible for the analysis and eval-
uation of contracting matters and the initiation, development
and recommendation of contracting policies, procedures and
controls on a variety of projects throughout the organization.
She is also responsible for reviewing, interpreting and develop-
ing procurement policies, planning and program guidance, and
management analysis on myriad programs and procurements.
She participates on peer review boards, procurement manage-
ment reviews and contract management reviews to assess and
improve contract administration and to provide oversight of
ACC-Orlando's contract execution.
She was designated as the ombudsman for ACC-Orlando
in June 2015, and in that role she is responsible for reviewing
complaints from the contractors under multiple-award task
or delivery order contracts and ensuring that they receive fair
opportunity for consideration, consistent with the procedures
in the contract.
" e most important points in my career eld are being desig-
nated the command advocate for competition, ombudsman and
the alternate PARC," she said. " at displays the fortitude to
face the toughest of leadership challenges in the execution of
Sullivan got her start in government work in 2000, through an
intern program at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics
Command (CECOM), then at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
" e great thing about the CECOM internship was that I had
the chance to rotate through all three sectors: research and
development, supply and services. I had the chance to work on
some programs from cradle to grave, and to work on portfolios
across the entire organization. It was a great experience."
Sullivan planned to transfer to Aberdeen Proving Ground,
Maryland, when base realignment and closure forced CECOM
to relocate there. "But my daughter wanted to go to college in
Florida, so we decided to follow her." at move brought her
to the Program Executive O ce for Simulation, Training and
Instrumentation (PEO STRI) in 2008, as it was just beginning
to stand up its policy o ce following a transition from the Navy.
PEO STRI's contracting center transitioned to ACC-Orlando
in February 2015.
Sullivan's made some impressive contributions over the course
of her career. Her e orts in promoting competition led to a
competition rate of 88 percent at ACC-Orlando, and her work
on policy and procedural guidance resulted in the organization
receiving many commendations during its inaugural Headquar-
ters, Army Contracting Command Procurement Management
Review. She developed training for the ACC-Orlando work-
force on critical acquisition processes that enhanced program
execution, and developed instruction on communicating with
industry that provides policy and guidance on methods to
actively engage industry and bene t from its knowledge of avail-
able products and technologies. Her work on ACC-Orlando's
procurement administrative lead time (PALT) industry day
forum has reached nearly 2,900 industry partners, and it culmi-
nated in her selection to present the communication initiatives
at the National Contract Management Association World Con-
gress in July.
Held monthly, PALT industry day sessions provide interested
industry partners with information regarding the status of ongo-
ing ACC-Orlando procurements and the opportunity to request
updates on speci c procurements of interest in a question-and-
answer forum. e PALT initiative has enabled the workforce
to respond more quickly to critical, emerging requirements, and
the sessions have evolved into market research opportunities
for requiring activities as well as a venue in which to explore
"My greatest satisfaction as part of the acquisition workforce is
observing how the workforce experience level has broadened and
customer support increased by developing standardized, accu-
rate, up-to-date acquisition instruction and contract instruction
material to ensure that our Soldiers are equipped with the best
products and services," said Sullivan.
Among those who've played a part in her success, Sullivan noted,
is Wendy McCutcheon, a former division chief at CECOM.
"She was willing to share her wisdom, knowledge, skills and
expertise while maintaining a positive outlook on life," said Sul-
livan. "She gave me direct, constructive feedback while holding
me to high standards, and she was genuinely concerned about
me and my success."
She added that success is up to the individual: " e most impor-
tant advice I would give would be that you are responsible for
managing your own career and achieving your goals. Upon
completing Level III in contracting, seek certi cations in other
career elds such as program management and logistics."
---MS. SUSAN L. FOLLETT
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