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Office of Acquisition Operations (OAO)

Executive Director

Phyllis Bower

Associate Executive Director, Strategic Acquisition Center Phyllis Bower

Ms. Phyllis A. Bower was appointed as the Associate Executive Director for the Strategic Acquisition Center in August 2012 and Acting Executive Director of the Office of Acquisition Operations in January 2014.  In this role, she is responsible for building and leading an organization that provides comprehensive strategic acquisition support and expertise for VA’s highly complex, medical systems, devices and services across the Department.

Ms. Bower has over 30 years of progressively responsible experience in federal acquisition.  Prior to her appointment, she served as the Associate Director for Strategic Acquisition at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Ms. Bower began her government career as a Navy acquisition intern, and remained with the Navy for nine years.  She subsequently worked for several agencies, and served in positions including: Chief, Quality Assurance Team for the National Institutes of Health; Head of the Contracting Activity, Acquisition and Logistics Division for the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and Head of the Contracting Activity, Competition Advocate, and Associate Director for Strategic Acquisition for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.