2017 News & Events
Associate of the Quarter – Spring 2017
Laura Alston – Joint Service Provider
Laura started with DEI last March in a newly developed position as Supply Chain Analyst. Her first task was to take on the Procurement Process. Within less than two weeks she was able to identify inefficiencies in the existing procurement process by talking with several project managers, DEI procurement personnel, and the Contract Officer and his staff and make several process improvements that were noteworthy to everyone on the program. Within the first two months she re-wrote and staffed the process guide and overhauled forms to make the process more meaningful and useful to all those who needed to use it. Most remarkable was her ability to track all procurement actions at any stage and be to able articulate status.
Her resolve to ensure all purchase requests ran fluidly through the process with no rejections – from development throughout payment, and that the process time to get these procurement actions from an initial request to a procurement action was reduced from several months into a couple weeks was extraordinary.
Laura very quickly made herself invaluable to both DEI and JSP by her willingness to take on any duty and to assist anyone for the better of the organization. She was invaluable during our organization’s move from Hoffman to Crystal City ensuring everyone’s equipment and other belongings were delivered. She took on the arduous task of collecting and putting together the weekly status report and the monthly IPR, demonstrating great patience with her constant reminders to the staff to get their part done.
Associate of the Year – 2016
Michael Gray – Army JSP-SSS
Since joining the JSP-SSS Backup and Recovery Team (BaRT) Mike’s performance has been exceptional. He has demonstrated excellent dedication, teamwork, professionalism, and work ethic. These highly polished facets of his work are key to DEI’s continued success within JSP. Prior to Mike’s arrival, BaRT’s effectiveness in remediating security vulnerabilities on their systems had been somewhat spotty, not always meeting the desired 95% metric. Mike’s experience and dedication to the task has brought BaRT’s security posture up to standard and kept it there. This improvement has been noticed and praised by both his fellow DEI information assurance lead as well as the customer. “BaRT has been looking good on vulnerabilities since Mike Gray has been here!” said Kevin Deibler, our JSP-SSS customer. As a universally talented person, Mike excels at all of his assigned tasks and is always looking to expand his horizons. Though his existing experience has been with Commvault, he has voluntarily involved himself with Data Domain VTL appliances, AIX administration, and championing BaRT related hardware and VMware requests with the compute team. No job is too small, as he also took it upon himself to inventory over 600 drives from a storage array that was being decommissioned just so its respective change request could be completed on time. The team is thin, but Mike has always stepped up without being prompted to fill in any gaps he sees. Much of the work BaRT performs involves communication with customers of various levels of experience and knowledge of backup and recovery. Mike has always proven himself to conduct himself in a professional manner, keeping his customers up to date on progress, and seeing things through to the very end. Successful restores are critical to his customers, often saving them many man hours of re-work or irreplaceable data.