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News | Nov. 18, 2016

My DCMA: Christal M. Jones, performance advocate

By Tonya Johnson DCMA Public Affairs

FORT LEE, Va., Nov. 18, 2016 — 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 Christal M. Jones.

My name is Christal M. Jones, and this is My DCMA.

I currently serve as a performance advocate and Defense Finance and Accounting Service liaison in the Contracts and Policy Branch in the Contracts Directorate at DCMA headquarters.

My job duties include researching current questions or issues as they relate to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation, Defense Procurement Acquisition Policy, and other Department of Defense based regulations. This research is vital to ensuring that the policies I oversee are current and in compliance with those regulations.

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

I like working at DCMA because, as a veteran, it allows me to have a direct impact on those who serve our country.

I am the independent eyes and ears for DoD based on the various roles that DCMA has allowed me to serve in. During my seven years with the agency, I have been given the opportunity to work as a policy advocate and DFAS liaison, and to provide contingency support as an administrative contracting officer, in which I deployed five times — four to Afghanistan and once to Uganda — among other various special projects. These diverse opportunities within DCMA have allowed me to understand even more why it is important for DCMA to remain independent within DoD.

I provide actionable acquisition insight to DoD by ensuring that our policies, manuals and supplemental information concerning our contract processes are current and in compliance with DoD mandates.

DCMA is important to America’s warfighters because we not only provide hands-on oversight, but we provide boots on the ground advice and expertise. That one, two punch combination is what American taxpayers expect from DCMA.