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News | June 15, 2020

My DCMA: Harriet Miller, management and program analyst

By Tonya Johnson DCMA Public Affairs

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 Harriet Miller.

My name is Harriet Miller, and this is “My DCMA.”

I am a management and program analyst at DCMA headquarters.

My job duties include the strategic analytical and technical administration for the DCMA Office of Internal Audits and Inspector General. The OIA and IG is comprised of the Inspector General, Internal Audit, Inspections and Evaluations, and Investigations divisions.

I have been a part of the DCMA team for five years.

My family has served this nation for generations and is prodigiously intertwined in committed service, both in the armed forces and civilian service. I served in the Army, which included a deployment to Panama. My military service along with other examples of service foster an inherence for civilian service in support of the warfighter. I cannot foresee a more meaningful way to do that than by supporting DCMA’s mission and commitment to excellence in everything I do to ensure that warfighters can get their jobs done.

Recently, I reflected on something I read in the DCMA Strategic Plan from the previous director, Navy Vice Adm. David Lewis, in which he stated, “We are an agency that values hard work and getting the job done, and I am proud to be a part of this team.” That emphasized message of team work is what appeals to me about DCMA.

DCMA is important to America’s warfighters because through contract administration services and acquisition management, we enhance warfighters and make them a lethal, domineering and formidable force.

My favorite hobbies include shopping, dining, painting, skydiving and water rafting. I also enjoy hiking in the national forests of North Carolina, which is my home state. I love hiking because it can be very serene.

My primary career goal includes continuing the pursuit of excellence in how I contribute to the DCMA mission. After I retire, I may study quantum physics and start a vineyard.

Something unique about me is that I took flying lessons with pilots while working at the Federal Aviation Administration and even went on a flight with the Black Knights. When I initially came into federal service, I took a job as a human resources generalist with no prior experience and, now, I have been doing it for nearly 30 years. While growing up, I took formal clarinet lessons for six years and also sang in the chorus for six years, although now I can’t play the clarinet or sing.

There are a lot of great things about working in my section. I get to see aspects of our mission in action as I drive to work on Fort Lee, and that excites me. I have the opportunity to support a moral function of the agency that speaks to my inner person for unity in the community. Also, I work with some amazing people who make work life a learning experience and a great place to be.

Since I started working at DCMA, I have noticed some changes. My experience has been that the DCMA vernacular moves and shifts with native and global events. I have experienced the changing dynamics from the transitioning leadership to major reorganizations. Each event has sharpened me and broadened my scope in anticipation of things to come.

With the agency celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, I am excited about DCMA’s future, especially its sustainment and global footprint. I am excited about how we will continue to support our warfighters, including those who will be a part of the Space Force. My goals for this year include continuing to support my team to enhance business systems and processes where appropriate. I also plan to enforce DCMA policy where applicable and perpetuate the “one team, one voice” motto.