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News | Oct. 6, 2021

Upgraded position reflects scope of DCMA’s work

By Matthew Montgomery DCMA Public Affairs

Office and Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition and Sustainment, approved the Defense Contract Management Agency’s request to upgrade the Cost and Pricing Regional Command executive director position from a Tier I Senior Executive Service to a Tier II.

Jorge Bennett will assume the duties of the Tier II SES as his new position description becomes effective this month.   

“DCMA has been underrepresented in both the number and level of SESs for quite some time, and we’ve worked with the Senior Executive Management Office and A&S to bring SES positions in line with other agencies,” said John Lyle, DCMA deputy director. “In fiscal year 2020, the SEMO and A&S approved an upgrade for a then-vacant Technical Directorate lead SES position from a Tier I to Tier II. Lt. Gen. Bassett and I are pleased DOD leadership continues to recognize the complexity and large span of control of our SES positions.”

The SES was designed to be a corps of executives selected for their leadership qualifications, not their technical expertise. It represents the keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and is comprised of personnel charged with leading the continuing transformation of government.

DCMA’s Cost and Pricing SES upgrade was the result of several factors. A recently approved general order realigned all pricing resources into one regional command, and certain work, including commercial item and defective pricing, continues to become more complex. Finally, Cost and Pricing fosters valuable partnerships with OSD on complex corporate administrative contracting officer and divisional administrative contracting officer matters.

“We’ll continue to refine our workforce and make DCMA an excellent place for a career from entry level to SES,” said Lyle. “I encourage everyone who wants to excel to explore professional development opportunities, learn about requirements for your next level of leadership, including the SES Executive Core Qualifications, and, crucially, look to the experience and leadership around you for strong mentors.”