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Energy Management Program Service (EMPS)


VA Recognized by Department of Energy for Innovative Energy Contracting

November 6, 2018

VA's Program Contracting Activity Central


From left:  Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Alexander Fitzsimmons, Chief of Staff, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; CJ Cordova, Director, VA Energy Management Program Service; Nathan Pennington, Supervisory Contract Specialist, VA Program Contracting Activity Central; Leslie Nicholls, Strategic Director, Federal Energy Management Program.  (Photo credit:  Donica Payne)

VA’s Program Contracting Activity Central (PCAC) recently received a Department of Energy Federal Energy and Water Management Award in the Contracting category for innovative efforts to meet new contracting requirements.  PCAC works alongside a centralized program office in VA’s Energy Management Program Service.  The energy efficiency team at PCAC specializes in contracts that allow the government to make energy improvements with private sector funds, which are paid back over time through the project’s energy and water cost savings.

As noted by the Department of Energy:

Program Contracting Activity Central’s (PCAC) energy efficiency team is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) centralized contracting office affiliated with VA’s energy performance contracting program.  In FY 2017 the team awarded $174 million of ESPCs [energy savings performance contracts] and utility energy service contracts (UESC).  During this time, PCAC’s team also navigated through a challenging period following a Supreme Court decision that impacted contracting processes across the Department, resulting in the development of new contracting authority in line with VA’s mission and business requirements – the federal government’s first set-aside ESPC procurement for service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses.

Learn more about this highly competitive awards program at the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards website.