Special Programs for DLA Employees

Use the tabs below to learn more about the special programs provided to DLA Employees. Links and references are included within each tab. For more information, Contact your local DLA HR Office.

Awards and Recognition Program

DLA Awards Handbook

DLA has a robust civilian awards program to recognize and honor workforce achievements and contributions supporting warfighters and the DLA mission.

DLA awards are both monetary and honorary. Monetary awards recognize significant contributions to the agency through inventions, suggestions, or special acts or services. Honorary awards also recognize significant contributions to the agency, both current and enduring performance from the past.

The DLA Awards Handbook defines and describes all DLA monetary awards, honorary awards and annual awards, as well as all DoD awards DLA employees are eligible for.

Culture Program

DLA has a robust Culture Program focused around a comprehensive Culture/Climate Survey administered approximately every 18 months.

Click here for complete information on the DLA Culture Program and Culture/Climate Survey (CAC protected)

Suggestion Program

Have an idea or suggestion that would contribute to the efficiency and/or effectiveness of DLA operations? Submit a suggestion to your Activity Suggestion Coordinator (ASC) for consideration. If your suggestion is approved, implemented, and results in tangible monetary savings, intangible benefits, or a combination of both, you could receive a cash award.

To submit a suggestion, you must complete DLA Form 36, DLA Suggestion and forward to your ASC. Your suggestion must be in writing, must propose a specific problem, solution, include documentation to support solution/savings, and be beyond the scope of assigned job responsibilities and performance standards.

All suggestions are reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) at the local level. Depending on the potential scope and impact of a proposed suggestion, it may require the review of more than one activity SME. In those cases, the suggestion, along with the evaluation of the initial SME, will be returned to the suggester's ASC. The ASC will forward the suggestion and evaluation form to the Agency Suggestion Coordinator who will then forward to the appropriate SME for evaluation.

So put your thinking cap on and submit a suggestion or suggestions that would contribute to the economy, efficiency, and/or effectiveness of Government operations.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Department of Defense Employee Assistance Program for DLA
(**NOTE: This is a new web address effective Nov. 10, 2019. Please update bookmarks.)

EAP can lend a helping hand The EAP brings together a variety of personal services under one umbrella. At one time or another, each of us may face problems or concerns related to areas such as mental health, financial and/or legal matters, alcohol or drug abuse, work-related stress, marriage/family and caregiving issues, illnesses, accidents, and relationships. The EAP is a free and confidential counseling and referral service available to all employees and their family members. Your EAP provides initial telephone consultation, problem assessment/clarification, short-term in-person counseling, and referral to treatment options through the employee's health plan or community resources, if needed. The Employee Assistance Program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. 

See more at our designated EAP page.

Exit Survey Program

DLA has developed an exit survey to capture the reasons employees leave the agency. Departing employees are encouraged to take this brief survey.

Exit Survey FAQs

Contact Information:
If you are a departing employee and would like information on accessing the survey, please contact your organization’s POC or email the Human Capital Program Development Office at

Senior Executive Service

The Senior Executive Service (SES) lead America’s workforce. As the keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the SES was established to “...ensure that the executive management of the Government of the United States is responsive to the needs, policies, and goals of the Nation and otherwise is of the highest quality.” These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective on government and a public service commitment that is grounded in the Constitution.

See our dedicated SES page for more information.

Additional information

OPM SES information page
SES Selection Process
SES Compensation
SES Performance Management