ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Office of the Secretary of Defense recently announced its selection of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employee and Potomac Falls, Va., resident, DeLisa Kviz as the recipient of the Outstanding Department of Defense Employee/Service Member with a Disability Award.
The Outstanding DoD Employee/Service Member with a Disability Award honors DoD civilian employees and Service members with disabilities who have supported the DoD mission, overseas contingency operations or whose attributes best epitomized the qualities and core values of their respective military service or other DoD Component.
Kviz has served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers financial and accounting area for more than 25 years and is currently chief of the St. Paul District’s Finance and Accounting Branch. In his position, she develops detailed action plans, provides financial oversight and ensures more than a hundred audit samples are completed on time.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said an ‘unqualified opinion with no material weakness’ is considered a ‘clean audit’ and the Holy Grail for financial and accounting professionals in the DoD. Kviz received this award for her part in having an unqualified opinion in fiscal year 2013, as well as for the previous six years.
"The St. Paul District is fortunate to have such a professional and dedicated finance and accounting officer to keep our accounts in compliance with federal law," said Pete Lillie, St. Paul District financial manager and Kviz’s supervisor. “Kviz is the consummate professional and her performance during her Army Corps of Engineers career has been and continues to be exemplary.”
Kviz received this award Oct. 30 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Kviz has been deaf since birth and is very well-versed in American Sign Language. She does not view her disability as a barrier in everything she does.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. It contributes around $175 million to the five-state district economy. The 700 employees work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.