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Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)

 

Chancellor
VA Acquisition Academy

Picture of Ruby B. HarveyRuby B. Harvey

Ruby B. Harvey is Chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy (VAAA), as a member of the Senior Executive Service, where she directs and oversees the training of VA’s acquisition workforce.  As Chancellor, Ms. Harvey formulates and delivers the strategies needed to develop acquisition business advisors to effectively and efficiently buy the goods and services required to serve our Nation’s Veterans.  With more than 20 years of acquisition, program management, finance, and human resources experience in the public and private sectors, Ms. Harvey is responsible for training the VA acquisition workforce by instilling essential competencies and skills and establishing career development programs.  Ms. Harvey oversees the Acquisition Internship, Program Management, Contracting Professional, Facilities Management, and Supply Chain Management Schools.  The VAAA curriculum includes competency assessments, classroom and online learning, coaching and mentoring, on-the-job qualification development, assignment-specific courses, training toward federal certifications, and continuing education.  The curriculum ensures that VA has the most qualified program managers, contracting officers, construction and facilities managers, and supply chain managers and logisticians.

Prior to her position with the VA Acquisition Academy, Ms. Harvey served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (ADAS), Acquisition Program Support, Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL) for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  As ADAS, she provided executive direction for acquisition support services focused on Workforce Development, Supply Fund Management, Human Resources, Business Transformation, OAL Facilities, and Emergency Preparedness.  She also oversaw VA’s migration to the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System (FAITAS), the federally-mandated system that enables VA acquisition workforce members to manage their acquisition-related training, and oversaw the development of the Acquisition Program Management Framework (APMF) for the Department, to include execution of pilots and integration into VA’s Managing for Results strategic initiative.  Ms. Harvey also managed VA’s Acquisition Human Capital Management, worked to enhance partnerships with organizational business partners to develop training requirements and proper training seat allocations for VA’s acquisition workforce, and managed the development of VA policy directives and handbooks for Federal Acquisition Certifications in Contracting (FAC-C), Program/Project Management (FAC-P/PM), and Contracting Officer’s Representatives (FAC-COR).

Ms. Harvey previously served as Director for Enterprise Acquisition Systems (EAS) Service, where she oversaw all aspects of the acquisition systems for the Department including the electronic contract management system.  Prior to joining VA, Ms. Harvey served in a senior leadership position with the United States Department of Agriculture as Chief, Procurement Systems Division in Washington, D.C. During her time in the private sector, Ms. Harvey served as Verizon Wireless’ Associate Director, Mid-Atlantic for Revenue and Systems Assurance.  Her professional background also includes Federal technology consulting.

Ms. Harvey earned her Master of Science degree in Information and Telecommunications Systems from Johns Hopkins University.  She also completed her post-graduate studies in Electronic Commerce at Johns Hopkins University.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Jackson State University and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.  Ms. Harvey is a Federal Acquisition Certified Project/Program Manager (P/PM–Senior), a Project Management Professional (PMP), a member of the Project Management Institute, a member of the Project Management Institute Global Executive Council, the National Contract Management Association, the Executive Women in Government organization, and is a former Advisory Committee Member for the Master of Science in Project Management Program at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

December 2015