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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, Kim Henderson shares her story.
My name is Kim Henderson, and this is “My DCMA.”
I am a Contracts Directorate procurement analyst at DCMA headquarters here.
My job duties include serving on the Procurement Management Review team. We conduct reviews of all of the Fourth Estate Department of Defense agencies and activities that have contracting authority. We complete a comprehensive review of the agency’s contracting department to identify commendable items. These items include areas of excellence that can be shared across the Fourth Estate as best practices; suggestions on where the agency is performing satisfactorily, but still has room for improvement; and recommendations on where the agency is not compliant with regulatory guidance.
I have been a part of the DCMA team for eight years and a part of DoD for 35 years. Some of the great things about working at my location are meeting and interacting with DCMA senior leaders at headquarters and learning from them.
I like working at DCMA because the agency has offered me an opportunity for growth in the procurement arena. It also allows me to share my knowledge in an effort to improve contracting offices throughout DoD. I will continue to work with the PMR team to help agencies identify areas in need of improvement and increase efficiency.
Since I have been with the agency, I have seen growth with the incorporation of the Contract Closeout Production team, in which I previously served as the contracting officer’s representative. I also see the agency working to improve diversity.
DCMA is important to America’s warfighters because we help to ensure our warfighters are receiving the supplies and services they need by administering contracts and holding the contractors accountable to perform in accordance with contract requirements.
As DCMA celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, I am excited about the continued improvements to our agency’s business systems and processes, which will allow us to provide more outstanding support to our customers.
My future career goals include retirement in the near future, spending more time with my family, doing more volunteer work and becoming an entrepreneur. I plan to bring my 35-year career to a close by retiring in December.
Something unique about me is that I have already achieved one major career goal for myself, which was a recent deployment to Afghanistan. I am proud to say that I deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, from October 2019 to June 2020, in support of the Army Contracting Command. In addition, I am the vice president of DCMA’s American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2117 Union, for the second term.
My favorite hobbies include spending time with my family and my puppies. I also enjoy church activities, reading, writing, gardening, participating in sorority activities, listening to music and attending movies.
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