Jan R. Frye was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on September 4, 2005. As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of one of the largest acquisition and logistics programs in the Federal government, Mr. Frye manages and oversees the development and implementation of policies and procedures for department-wide acquisition and logistics programs supporting all VA facilities. His responsibilities include management of VA’s National Acquisition Center in Hines, Illinois, the VA Acquisition Academy in Frederick, Maryland, and the Denver Acquisition and Logistics Center in Denver, Colorado. He also serves as the VA Senior Procurement Executive.
On October 5, 2011, Mr. Frye was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the Committee for Purchase from People who are Blind or Severely Disabled.
Prior to his current VA appointment, Mr. Frye served as the Chief of Contracting, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
A retired U.S. Army Colonel, he served in senior acquisition and logistics positions during his 30-year career. He served as the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting in Eighth U.S. Army/U.S. Forces Korea and in the U.S. Army Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. He was also assigned as the Deputy Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He commanded three Department of Defense acquisition commands located in the United Kingdom; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Republic of Korea. He also served as the Deputy Commander, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois. His numerous military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit.
A native of Chester, Nebraska, Mr. Frye entered the Army in 1973 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Nebraska-Kearney Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Nebraska, a master’s degree in Contracting and Acquisition Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He holds the Acquisition Professional Development Program’s highest certification in program management and contracting.