The Richard ‘Dick’ Ginman Contingency Contracting Officer Excellence Award

Contingency Contracting Officers (CCOs) are some of the first responders to an emergency, humanitarian and disaster relief, contingency, or outright war event. They often deploy with little more than a laptop and an understanding of the mission, concept of the operation, and commander’s intent. Contingency operations require a tremendous amount of work, improvisation, and dedication from our CCOs. This annual award honors those whose actions as a Contingency Contracting Officer are truly inspirational.

The award is named after Richard “Dick” Ginman, a retired Navy Supply Corps Admiral and former Director of Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC). Mr. Ginman has steadfastly proven to be one of the staunchest supporters of CCOs and the contingency contracting mission. The award honors Mr. Ginman for his superlative service to the nation, both in and out of uniform, and his unparalleled support of the Contingency Contracting Community.  While the award acknowledges the contributions of all CCOs, only one CCO will be selected annually to receive this prestigious award.

The nominations are scored in three categories on a scale of 0-3 points: 

  1. Describe the contingency/operation/mission and the circumstances requiring a CCO.
  2. Describe the tasks accomplished and how they exceptionally supported the mission/commander’s intent.
  3. Describe any hardships endured and how the CCO innovatively overcame adversity to ensure contract awards were timely, compliant with prescribed policies and regulations, and in the best interests of the U.S. Government and taxpayer.

Based on the consolidated scores for each category, a winner will be chosen by the DPC staff who review the nomination packages. A call for nominations will go out in September announcing the award date for submissions. For more information about this award, please email:

CCO Award Recipients
Year Recipient Service Official Memo
Air Force


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