Office of Acquisition Operations — Leadership Biography
Senior Acquisition Technical Advisor
Office of Acquisition Operations
Department of Veterans Affairs
Ms. Valerie L. Veatch was appointed as the Senior Acquisition Technical Advisor to the Executive Director for the Office of Acquisition Operations, in April 2011. In this role, she is improving the overall accountability and control over the Office of Acquisition Operations’ contracting by making recommendations on highly technical and complex acquisition issues, identifying process improvements in the organization, and monitoring quality of performance and established socioeconomic program goals.
Ms. Veatch has over 30 years of progressively responsible experience in contracting. Prior to her appointment, she served as the VA Office of Acquisition’s Customer Advocacy Director. Ms. Veatch began her government career as an Air Force Systems Command Copper Cap Trainee, ultimately working for the Air Force for ten years. She worked for many other agencies in such positions as: Director of the Office of Acquisition Management Services and Director of the Office of Procurement Services for the U.S. Department of Labor; Chief of the General Contracts Division for the U.S. Coast Guard; and Director of Procurement at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Following the events of September 11, 2001, Ms. Veatch was asked to lead the effort to establish the Department of Homeland Security’s Interim Operational Contracts Office, for which she received the Chief Procurement Officer Award for her efforts.
Ms. Veatch holds two Master’s Degrees from Golden Gate University, one in Procurement and Contract Administration, the other in Public Administration and Organizational Management. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University in Marketing. Ms. Veatch is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) with the National Contract Management Association and also holds a Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C).