FORT BELVOIR, Va.--The Department of Defense announced the winners of the fiscal year, 2009 Value Engineering Achievement Awards and the U.S. Army Materiel Command won three of the awards on behalf of the Army.

A ceremony was held May 12 at the Pentagon auditorium where the recipientsAca,!a,,c outstanding achievements through the application of Value Engineering was recognized.

AMCAca,!a,,cs winners are as follows:

Karen Caudle (Individual)
U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research,
Development and Engineering Center

Logistics Engineering Operations Directorate (Team)
Value Concepts Office
U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command

U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (Organization)

Value Engineering (VE) is a function analysis process to identify actions that reduce cost, increase quality, and improve mission capabilities across the entire DoD enterprise.

During fiscal 2009, 3,347 in-house VE proposals and 43 contractor-initiated VE change proposals were accepted with actual and projected savings/cost avoidance in excess of $1.94 billion.

The DoD value engineering program continues to be an incentive for government and industry partners to improve the joint value proposition by promoting innovation and creativity. Innovative VE proposals seek best value solutions as part of a successful business relationship.

Award winners from each DoD component are eligible for selection in the following five categories: program/project, individual, team, organization, and contractor. Additional Aca,!A"specialAca,!A? awards are given to recognize innovative applications or approaches that expand the traditional scope of value engineering use.

The VE awards program is an acknowledgment of exemplary achievements and encourages additional projects to improve in-house and contractor productivity.