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GSA Recognizes Procurement Innovation with Ida Ustad Award

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Award Winner improved acquisition and tackled complex contracting challenges

GSA# 10674

May 5, 2010
Contact: Jeffrey Woodworth, (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON — Improving acquisition through innovation was the major focus for the 2010 Ida Ustad Award at this year’s GSA Training Conference and Expo. Administrator Martha Johnson presented Nancy Norton, a contracting officer and team leader for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Procurement and Grants Office, with the 2010 Ida Ustad Award for Acquisition Excellence for her work to support the H1N1 vaccine distribution effort.

“In receiving this award, Nancy represents the spirit of innovation and ‘get it done’ mindset of the federal acquisition work force that is vital to good government operations,” said Johnson. “I commend Nancy’s work at CDC for taking the risks that ultimately led to a more efficient government. Her work truly honors Ida Ustad, with whom I had the pleasure of working at GSA.”

The Ida Ustad Award, named in honor of Ida Mae Ustad, who served as GSA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Acquisition Policy, recognizes an individual government employee whose actions embody the concept of a contract specialist as a business leader or adviser with high ethical standards, and who has had a major impact on improving the acquisition process.

Norton received the award, in part, for developing and executing an innovation contracting methodology to support the H1N1 vaccine distribution effort. As part of this effort, Norton and a team of 13 contract specialist carried out more than 1,600 contracting actions totaling approximately $3.6 billion. As a result of her work, more than 80 million Americans have now received the H1N1 vaccine. In addition, Norton was also instrumental in coordinating agency efforts to develop requirements and the contracting processes associated with Recovery Act funds obligated by CDC.

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