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Chief Operating Officer

Picture of Raymond KempistyRaymond P. Kempisty, Esq.

Ray Kempisty is Deputy Chief Operating Officer in the Procurement and Logistics Office (P&LO), with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Washington, D.C.  He joined the P&LO team in February 2013.  In his role, Ray supports the chief in providing primary support to the Chief Procurement and Logistics Officer, who leads more than 2,800 contracting and program management professionals in VHA.  He supervises a staff of 24 and with the chief, provides oversight for the budget and fiscal responsibilities, in excess of $303M, human resources, and the Data Collection and Extraction Program.

Previously he served as senior editor at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with responsibility for branding, print production, “last-eyes” editing and Privacy Act compliance review.

He has three years previous experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs, having served the National Cemetery Administration as outreach coordinator and speechwriter for then-Under Secretary John W. Nicholson.

As an attorney, Ray practiced family and business law in Maryland.  Entering law school after his Navy retirement, he received the 1996 Excellence in Litigation Award from the Center for Forensic Economic Studies and the University of Maryland School of Law Public Service Award in 1997.

As Chancellor and Director of Communications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, Ray was one of the most senior non-clergy religious officials in the United States, serving on the executive team with responsibilities for 162 churches and 100 schools in Maryland, as well as other national and international matters.

As a Navy Public Affairs Officer, Ray was communications director and senior spokesman for Navy education and training nationwide.  He retired from the Navy in 1994, while director of the Navy’s New York City public affairs office, with liaison responsibility for all media headquartered in the communications capital of the world, and six surrounding states.

As an engineer, Ray led a multi-million dollar Navy program producing technical operating instructions for shipboard engineers on over 300 gas turbine, diesel and steam propelled ships, acting in a GS-14 mechanical engineer position 1985-1986.  He had earlier been responsible for the main engines and boilers on frigate USS W.S. Sims.  He is a life member of the American Society of Naval Engineers.

As a Navy Surface Warfare Officer, Ray was second in command of the minesweeper USS Illusive.  He earned Navy sub-designations in naval/marine engineering, mine warfare and strategic planning.

Ray earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy.  He has a Master of Arts degree in government from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.  He is a member in good standing of the Maryland Bar.

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