DATE: June 23, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Dr. Kenneth Oscar to be Nominated as Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Administrator

SOURCE: Government Executive Daily Briefing, June 21, 2000

AGENCIES: Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP)

SYNOPSIS: Dr. Kenneth Oscar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement, has been selected to be the next OFPP Administrator, according to a Government Executive Daily Briefing. He will replace Deidre Lee, who left OFPP to become the Director of Defense Procurement earlier this month. He will be subject to Senate confirmation.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on Deidre Lee's departure from OFPP, see the March 3, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Deidre Lee to Leave OFPP, Become Director of Defense Procurement."

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Like Deidre Lee before him, Dr. Kenneth Oscar has extensive acquisition experience. He entered his current position in June 1995, where he is responsible for oversight and policy of all Army procurement, acquisition reform, and industrial base advocacy, and he is the proponent for the contracting career field. From May 1997 to June 1998, Dr. Oscar served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research, Development, and Acquisition.

Prior to becoming Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dr. Oscar served as the Army Materiel Command (AMC) Principal Deputy for Acquisition for a year. He took that position after serving as the Army Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM) Deputy Commander for Research, Development and Engineering as well as Director of TACOM's Research, Development and Engineering Center. During Operation Desert Storm, Dr. Oscar was appointed as TACOM's Deputy Commander for Procurement and Readiness while General James Monroe served in Southwest Asia. In this position, he led an effort to provide billions of dollars of vehicle spares and maintenance to achieve high readiness rates for Army ground vehicles.

Dr. Oscar has served in many other Army positions, including as AMC's Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Development, Engineering and Acquisition; Associate Technical Director for Research and Development at the U.S. Army Troop Support Command; and Director of the Combat Engineering Laboratory at the Belvoir Research and Development Center. Also, he was project manager for several programs, including countermine equipment, tactical bridging, and unconventional weapons.

Dr. Oscar holds a B.S. in Physics from Clarkson University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from American University.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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