William Meehan, a materials examiner and identifier, and Javier Garza, a property disposal specialist – both of DLA Disposition Services – and Michael Koster, a senior procurement analyst with DLA Acquisition, are the DLA Employees of the Quarter for the first quarter of fiscal 2014.
Meehan took the property management lead in providing detailed reverse logistics advice in support of the Joint Strike Fighter F-136 engine contract termination. He expertly advised on disposition coordination processes that facilitated accurate and timely customer turn-ins and effectively led the receiving team in processing more than 4,000 line items of raw stock commodities, fabricated items, and special test equipment. The items included more than $18 million of titanium parts. He was also the driving force behind the processing and disposition of the Army Airship-Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle tooling, molds and parts. Meehan’s expert and timely receiving actions allowed the Army to terminate the contract for the airship within a matter of months, saving taxpayer dollars.
Garza employed creativity and resourcefulness in finding a use for 120 triple-wide trailers that were refused for sale by Government Liquidation. Rather than downgrading the trailers so they could be sold for scrap, he took the initiative to identify an end user that could benefit from them. After hearing about a housing shortage affecting Native American tribes in New Mexico, Garza got in touch with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and arranged for the trailers to go to the Mescalero Apache Tribe, which reported more than 500 families that were homeless or living with relatives. Mike Montoya, excess property director of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, expressed his thanks, calling the property transfer “a great deal” and saying it would help alleviate the housing shortage by the Mescalero Indian tribe. To date, the tribe has reutilized 55 buildings with an acquisition value of more than $10 million.
Koster played a crucial role in rolling out EProcurement to 2,116 users over 13 locations. The successful deployment of EProcurement will mark the first time all DLA contracting will be executed within a single system. It will also allow the agency to retire three legacy systems. He skillfully teamed with the system integrator and the program office in resolving data conversion problems. As the roll out continued, Koster attacked an increasing backlog of service and trouble tickets and system change requests. His work slashed the number of tickets, from 46 per 100 users to a remarkable 20 per 100 users. Koster’s recommended policy and system changes increased automated solicitations to 43 percent and awards to 52 percent of all simplified acquisitions throughout the agency.
Three DLA team members have been named DLA Employees of the Quarter for the first quarter of fiscal 2014.