By Ryan Mattox, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeSeptember 21, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (Sept. 21, 2016) A Mission and Installation Contracting Command attorney was named the Army Materiel Command's 2016 Attorney of the Year and awarded the AMC Joyce I. Allen Award during a ceremony Sept. 12 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Brenda Quinn, a senior contracts attorney for the 419th Contracting Support Brigade, was recognized for her outstanding dedication, vision, leadership and unrelenting efforts in uncovering and investigating a procurement fraud case that culminated in the filing of a Civil False Claims Act complaint by the Department of Justice.
"Of the more than 430 attorneys across AMC worldwide, Brenda is No. 1. She is one of the smartest, most experienced, most capable government contract lawyers in federal service today," said Scott Kilgore, the chief attorney for the 419th CSB. "Brenda's energy, commitment and knowledge of federal acquisition laws and processes allow her to serve as a mentor to all 419th contracting professionals."
The annual award recognizes the attorney or patent adviser for their accomplishments in the service of the legal profession and community.
Contributing to Quinn's selection for the award was her expertise that proved instrumental in leading the effort to resolve an unauthorized commitment and claims valued at nearly $1 million. Her work allowed a complaint to be filed against a marketing group and two former Department of the Army civilian employees in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Quinn started working as an installation contract attorney in 1991 at Fort Dix, New Jersey. While at Fort Dix, she moved to the MICC, which expanded her support of contracting beyond the post to various East Coast sub-installations and U.S. Army Reserve units throughout the United States and overseas. She has been in her current position since 2013, supporting the 419th CSB, which includes the Reserve Command, Forces Command, Installation Management Command as well as other programs and installations.
"I thoroughly enjoy working with contracting professionals and organizations we support daily at Fort Bragg," Quinn said. "It is fast paced, and we are fortunate to have very experienced contract attorneys to share ideas and approaches for the daily challenges we face with everything ranging from procurement fraud to source selection, and the significant challenges of compliance with information technology procurement rules. It is truly a team approach all around."
Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the MICC is made up of more than 1,500 military and civilian members located throughout three brigades, a field directorate and 31 contracting offices responsible for contracting for Soldiers. In fiscal 2015, the command executed more than 36,000 contract actions valued at more than $5.2 billion across the Army, including $2.25 billion to American small businesses. The command also managed more than 600,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions in fiscal 2015 valued at an additional $747 million.