Hall of Fame medal and award recipient’s contributions to DLA are price-less

By Natalie Skelton DLA Aviation Public Affairs

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Few federal employees can attest to a level of success and achievement obtained in more than 34 years of service, but Janet Price has the resumé that represents such a career.

Price, who retired in October 2015 as director, Procurement Process Support, Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, was honored for her career and contributions with the Hall of Fame medal and award. She received the honor Nov. 12 during the DLA Aviation Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the Frank B. Lotts Conference Center on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia.

DLA Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. David Sanford congratulated Price on her “stellar” career.

“You truly valued your time here and accomplished some amazing things,” said Sanford. “You left a lasting impression on those around you and the Department of Defense. Always know you are family and the doors of DLA Aviation will always be open to you.”

A Richmond, Virginia native, Price held various roles throughout the years including contract administrator, contract specialist, contracting officer, procurement analyst, supervisory systems analyst and product operations manager. 

“You’ve seen 15 commanders come and go,” Sanford said.

Price served as deputy director, Supplier Operations, and was responsible for over 800 acquisition workforce professionals who executed an average of 30,000 monthly contracting actions.

While serving as acting DLA Aviation deputy commander from May to November 2012, she directed an effort to improve performance and production efficiency by reallocating resources from staff to operations. This involved moving staff members into operations and production positions to reduce the backlog of purchase requests and increase the amount of procurement actions. This initiative involved over 100 additional production positions to be used directly for procurement actions.

As director, Procurement Process Support, she led another DLA-wide effort to reduce acquisition lead time and lean out purchasing processes for consumable supply parts. It was called “Time to Award.” In this leadership role, the TTA initiative produced a 37% administrative lead time reduction from September 2013 to December 2014 and decreased aged purchase requests by 45% from September 2013 to December 2014. Overall, purchase requests on-hand were reduced by 34% from 35,932 in September 2013 to 23,498 in September 2014.

“Jan was and her actions continue to be instrumental to the success of DLA Aviation, our [military] services, and the Department of Defense,” Sanford said.

Price’s service was marked by excellence in leadership, an unwavering work ethic and a fierce dedication to tasks and teams.

Retirement isn’t keeping Price from staying busy, though. She enjoys spending time at the lake and at the beach, going on outings with family and friends, and keeping up with her grandson.

“Most people think of success in terms of careers or finances,” said Price. “I never really gave it much thought until I retired. Of course your job and your money are important, but there is a distinction between career success and ‘success in life.’ I encourage you to find your peace and happiness now.”