BEYA recognizes contracting member for professionalism

By Ben Gonzales, Army Contracting Command Public AffairsFebruary 9, 2023

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama (February 9, 2023) – An Army Contracting Command employee receives a Black Engineers of the Year Award for Professional Achievement this week during the 2023 BEYA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Conference at National Harbor, Maryland.

SheKenta Tibbs, the chief of the data analytics division at Headquarters ACC, was selected for the BEYA professionalism award for being intricately involved in shaping ACC data analytics capabilities.

The BEYA STEM community offers college students, corporate, government, military professionals, business, and industry employers with three days of learning, networking, celebrating excellence, and showcasing STEM career opportunities during its annual conference.

Tibbs led the deployment of a contract management and line item tools that allow the Army a deeper look into itself while leading to a better business practice of buying related goods and services using an enterprise approach to reduce redundancies, increase efficiencies, and initiate savings from government acquisition programs. Tibbs also drafted, obtained approval, and changed the entire data analytics division’s position descriptions from operations research analysts to the new data scientist position descriptions that better aligned her division to the mission and supported the overall strategic thinking of ACC, Army Materiel Command, Army and Department of Defense.

BEYA recognizes contracting member for professionalism
SheKenta Tibbs will receive a 2023 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement this week at the BEYA STEM Conference at National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

In her nomination of Tibbs, Brig. Gen. Christine Beeler, the ACC commanding general, said Tibbs was a critical part of a data analytic study to properly structure Army contract data.

“SheKenta collaborated with team members from RAND Arroyo Center and Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army-Procurement Future Operations making sure all stakeholders’ requirements were achieved,” Beeler said. “She engaged with stakeholders to determine the important objectives the study would accomplish. The teams’ efforts resulted in developing advanced analytic capabilities that allow the U.S. Army Contracting Enterprise to identify cost-savings opportunities and other information critical to the contracting enterprise. Mrs. Tibbs was intricately involved in shaping ACC data analytics capabilities.”

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The Army Contracting Command is headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. From food and clothing to bullets and bombs; from tanks and trucks to boats and aircraft; from Soldiers' weapons to the installations where they work and live with their families, ACC ensures Soldiers have what they need to be successful. As the Army's principal buying agent, ACC supports Army readiness and modernization by using best practices and expert-level oversight to provide warfighters with premier contracting support. The command accomplishes its global operational missions with a professional workforce of Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, foreign local nationals and contractors at more than 100 locations worldwide.