JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (June 24, 2022) -- The director of contracting at Fort Lee, Virginia, has earned honors as the Army Materiel Command Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 for her contributions in maintaining the readiness of the force and supporting contract administration priorities.
Dr. Regina Givens, who has served as the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Lee contracting office director since February, was among the awardees announced by the AMC chief of staff June 10.
“I am truly humbled as I believe the best leaders are those who think they are not worthy of the mantle, because they already demonstrated one of the best qualities … humility,” Givens said.
The AMC Employee of the Quarter program recognizes uniformed and civilian personnel for outstanding and innovative contributions directly impacting the major command’s mission goals as well as outstanding performance for the quarter, during which Givens was assigned to MICC-Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
In his nomination of Givens for the award, Brig. Gen. Doug Lowrey, the MICC commanding general, said she demonstrated exceptional mission accomplishment, professionalism and dedication to achieve strategic, operational and tactical results with the assumption of responsibility for full food service contracts that proved pivotal in synchronizing efforts between AMC subordinate commands.
Recognized as part of the award period was her leadership, knowledge and experience to strategically provide recommended solutions to improving and refining the language of full food service contracts across the Army while operationally developing solutions to improve collaboration between government entities to address facility maintenance concerns across Fort Jackson.
“An enterprise solution serves for greater communication and value added in the contract administration process,” she said, adding that it benefits all included in that process -- the customer, contractor, contracting officer representative and contracting officer. “In the case of the enterprise solution for support of full food services, flexibility and savings should be gauged based upon location needs. Jackson has capitalized on the cost savings as a result of the command development of the enterprise contract vehicle. As we continue to grow, we will ultimately gain stronger control mechanisms that will be instrumental during the overall administration of the contract.”
Givens immediately identified areas for improvement and recommended a multitude of changes concerning facility maintenance as well as roles and responsibilities of government facility inspections, helping shape Army enterprise solutions for full food service contracts. Her efforts also contributed to improved contract performance and oversight across AMC’s subordinate commands including the Army Sustainment Command and Installation Management Command.
“Mission partner buy-in is imperative for any collaborative effort to succeed,” she said. “Without this level of support, the overall contractual vehicle will ultimately fail resulting in breakdowns in communication and overall support, such as performance work development, anticipated cost and oversight.”
Those efforts resulted in the reduction of total defects found per month by more than 79% in order to comply with contractual obligations and execution of a multiple award task order contract to repair more than 600 items to include visual deterioration, painting and flooring now underway at Fort Jackson in nine different facilities to ensure the health and safety of Soldiers.
Givens was also responsible for instituting training and education to aid mission partner understanding of full food services contract responsibilities while also training a contracting officer representative in support of the high-value contract, both ensuring oversight.
About the MICC
Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,300 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. As part of its mission, MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.