Advocates for Competition and Task-Order and Delivery Order Ombudsmen - Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)
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Advocates for Competition and Task-Order and Delivery Order Ombudsmen

These are two senior agency positions dedicated to ensuring full and open competition as a part of the federal contracting process. Within the Department of the Veterans Affairs they are the Advocates for Competition and Task-Order and Delivery Order Ombudsmen at both the Agency level and at the contracting activity level.

Responsibilities and Designation

Advocates for Competition are responsible for (see FAR subpart 6.5):

  • Promoting full and open competition;
  • Promoting the acquisition of commercial items;
  • Challenging requirements that are not stated in terms of functions to be performed, performance required or essential physical characteristics;
  • Challenging barriers to the acquisition of commercial items and full and open competition such as unnecessarily restrictive statements of work, unnecessarily detailed specifications, and unnecessarily burdensome contract clauses.

Task Order and Delivery Order Ombudsmen are responsible for (see FAR 16.505(b)(8)):

  • Reviewing contractor complaints on task/delivery order contracts; and
  • Ensuring all contractors are afforded a fair opportunity to be considered for each task/delivery order, consistent with the procedures of the contract.

In accordance with VAAR 806.501, the Associate Executive Director, Office of Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight (AED/PPSO) is designated as the VA Advocate for Competition for the agency. In accordance with VAAR 806.505, the task-order and delivery-order ombudsman for VA is the Associate Executive Director for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight.

Contact Information

Below is the contact information for the Advocates for Competition and Task-Order and Delivery Order Ombudsmen for the Department of Veterans Affairs contracting activities. Visit the VA’s Task-Order and Delivery Order Ombudsmen web page for additional information.

Agency Advocate for Competition and Task-Order and Delivery Order Ombudsmen for the Department of Veterans Affairs

Deeneen Akeo
Associate Executive Director
Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight

Contracting Activity level Advocates for Competition

Construction and Facilities Management
Zebulon Fox
Associate Executive Director
Office of Facilities Acquisition

National Cemetery Administration
Ronald Hirtle
Director
Contracting Service

National Acquisition Center
Craig Robinson
Associate Executive Director

Technology Acquisition Center
Philip Weckesser
Procurement and Resources Specialist

Strategic Acquisition Center – Fredericksburg, VA
Adam Spacht
Director
Compliance Service

Strategic Acquisition Center – Frederick, MD
Efrain Fernandez
Director

Veterans Benefit Administration
Matthew J. Manning
Chief
Acquisition Division
Office of Administration and Facilities

Veterans Health Administration – Regional Procurement Office East
Joseph Maletta
Executive Director

Veterans Health Administration – Regional Procurement Office Central
Terry Spitzmiller
Executive Director

Veterans Health Administration – Regional Procurement Office West
Curtis Jordan
Executive Director