Editor’s Note: Jon Bayus joined DCMA in July 2015. During his brief time with the agency, his performance has elicited high praise from his commander, Army Lt. Col. Ralph Ware, DCMA Cleveland.
“In a short time, Jon has leveraged his experience as a private industry quality inspector to become an effective component in our Engineering and Manufacturing group. He is currently handling multiple high risk contractors ensuring they have the required support to meet their contractual delivery schedules.”
CLEVELAND, May 16, 2017 — My DCMA showcases the Defense Contract Management Agency’s experienced and diverse workforce and highlights what being a part of the national defense team means to them. Today we meet Jon Bayus.
My name is Jon Bayus and this is “My DCMA.” I am an industrial specialist at DCMA Cleveland.
My job duties include daily interaction with contractors involving the status of certain contracts and the analysis of production processes and controls of all contractors assigned to my workload. I also communicate with the buying command concerning items they awarded contracts to via customer requests or by creating delay notices for delivery slippages.
These delivery setbacks may be caused by a number of reasons to include: equipment malfunctions, inadequate manufacturing maintenance, inadequate skills or subcontractor deficiencies. It is also our responsibility to help determine the causes and provide feedback to the customer as well as the contractors.
I have been a part of the DCMA team for nearly two years, as my start date was in July 2015.
Why did I choose to serve my country? I have a firm belief in trying to make a difference in as many ways that I can. I served in the U.S. Air Force in the mid- to late-1990’s, and I got my start in quality control while on active duty at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. While in the world of private industry, I worked many quality assurance and quality control jobs. Now I have the opportunity to see the business side of things through the production and manufacturing process analyses of DCMA.
I like working at DCMA because I continue to learn new things in the scope of manufacturing, production processing and the procurement of materials from the standpoint of the government. I have a great relationship with my coworkers, who are all willing to help in any given situation when more “hands on deck” are required to see a task through to completion. My team also knows I will provide any assistance that I can to help them complete their tasks.
My effectiveness is partially due to my unique perspective for attaining schedule information from points of contact throughout the supply chain. In one regard, I will inquire about status for certain delivery orders, which also may be the driver of several other delivery orders and the key to success to on-time delivery. In the next instance, I could be asking the contractor about waivers and production lot test submittals, which may end up affecting the timeliness of the warfighter receiving necessary items.
I provide actionable acquisition insight to the Department of Defense by performing the Defense Priorities Allocation Systems audits on the contractors assigned to my workload. This ensures to the buying command that the contractor is verifying the priority of the government, and that those items defined in government contracts have precedence over the workload of non- government contracts.
DCMA is important to America’s warfighters because of the DPAS ratings and the contract order type (like DO-rated or DX-rated), which will define the scope of the priority of manufacturing during critical times. The ability of DCMA to enforce the DX orders for priority ensures the total readiness for our service men and women in combat. This can be a rewarding achievement in its own right.
What is the one thing I would tell someone who knew nothing of DCMA? I get asked quite a bit by people not involved with DCMA about my daily responsibilities. It is difficult to quantify but at the same time, everyone involved has a unique role and responsibility in making sure that the warfighter is supported in its entirety. This requires all key and minor players to be fully engaged in the involvement of the success of DoD.