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News | May 27, 2022

Pennsylvania Keystone State Branch Office Wins Three Awards

By DCAA Staff Writer

DCAA’s PA Keystone State Branch Office (KSBO) recently earned three awards from the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB).  Annually, the FEB recognizes outstanding Federal employees and teams whose remarkable work is making life better for all Americans. The Pittsburg FEB recognizes Federal Employees working in Western Pennsylvania and North Central West Virginia. The KSBO is comprised of several DCAA offices in this area.

The three awards are:

Gold Award Winner – Outstanding Large Team: KSBO Pittsburgh Office. The Pittsburg Office is comprised of 39 auditors, supervisors and administrative staff. During Fiscal Year 2021, the office completed 106 audits and supported negotiations of pricing actions that resulted in approximately $7 million in net savings. They were 100 percent on time meeting congressional timelines for incurred cost audits and also exceeded the regional goal for completing forward pricing audits. The office was able to do this by embarking on new initiatives and innovations to increase efficiency while working through COVID-19 restrictions.

Silver Award Winner – Outstanding Small Team: KSBO Team Z. Team Z consists of 10 auditors and was formed to perform audits at a large DoD contractor. During Fiscal Year 2021, the team had a unique and challenging year that required a significant amount of workload to be accomplished. Team Z did this by demonstrating leadership qualities and implementing innovative auditing efforts. Several of their audits had significant questioned costs, in one case 90 percent of the price. The contracting officers are now using these audit finding to negotiate a lower price for the government. The team’s outstanding audit performance and significant accomplishments to the DCAA mission make them a great asset to DCAA.

Silver Award Winner – Rookie of the Year: Ms. Riley Anderson. Ms. Anderson joined DCAA in 2021 and has proven herself an excellent auditor. She has quickly learned auditing skills and demonstrates a level of accomplishment above that expected of a junior auditor. She took on new and challenging audit assignments and excelled, such as when she independently completed a labor floor check at a contractor. Whether working independently or as part of a team, she uses her data analytics, critical thinking and on-the-job training to effectively contribute to accomplishing the audit on time.

The efforts of the Pennsylvania Keystone Branch Office clearly demonstrate the DCAA vision of “Dedicated professionals working together to deliver top-quality audit services to support the Department of Defense and the warfighter, and to protect the taxpayer’s interest.”