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, Arlene Ogletree shares her story.
My name is Arlene Ogletree, and this is “My DCMA.”
I am a program manager at DCMA NASA Product Operations in San Antonio, Texas. My job duties include facilitating reimbursable work across the agency for NASA delegations. In my office I serve as the center integrator, which means I am responsible for all the delegations coming from the Goddard Space Flight Center that need to be distributed to DCMA’s contract management offices and centers. It is my job to fulfill DCMA’s interest in fostering consistent execution in performing surveillance for NASA using our well established and proven contract administration processes.
I have been a part of the DCMA team since 1998. My assignments have included both geographic and resident locations. I started out as an industrial specialist and then became a program integrator for an Acquisition Category III Joint Services program. I later moved into a technical lead role and then a supervisory position. During my government career, including my 22 years with DCMA, I have always been engaged with the Department of Defense and NASA space program workload in some capacity.
I enjoy working at DCMA because it has afforded me the opportunity to work on a variety of contracts from the DoD buying activities mainly focused on the acquisition of aircraft spare parts, parachutes, clothing, Meals-Ready-To-Eat and other items. I like my current position because I provide DCMA services to NASA, which has been doing important space program work for our nation for many years.
Since I have been a part of the DCMA team, my technical and interpersonal skills have greatly expanded over the years. These skills, along with me utilizing the agency’s tools to perform contract administration, have proven successful in my varied assignments within DCMA.
I am the independent eyes and ears for DoD because I utilize the breadth and depth of DCMA’s resources, and my skillset in contract administration, to assist a non-DoD federal agency. DCMA’s support of NASA delegations expands government oversight for many of their program contracts, which mitigates risk for their specialized missions. The majority of the delegated work is for quality assurance surveillance, but DCMA supports a broad spectrum of contract administration functions for NASA.
I am proud that I provide actionable acquisition insight by understanding the policies and procedures for DoD, DCMA, and NASA. This knowledge is used to facilitate communication between the agency points of contact. I want to ensure that the delegation requirements are clearly understood by DCMA personnel. In addition, I want to make sure our NASA customers understand how the surveillance will be carried out to meet their requirements.
Overall, DCMA is important to America’s warfighters and NASA. Both entities have important missions that contribute toward the national goals of our country. I am pleased that DCMA robustly contributes to support both agencies with their missions.
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