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Acquisitions Management


Services Summary
The Office of Acquisitions Management (A/LM/AQM) provides the full range of professional procurement and grant services to customers worldwide, including acquisition planning, contract negotiations, cost and price analysis, and contract administration. Our acquisition activities in FY2008 were $5.9 billion. These included contracts for operations support in Iraq, Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) construction projects, information technology, worldwide law enforcement and anti-narcotics support, furniture and furnishings, and secure procurements, as well as grants or assistance and other requirements for domestic bureaus and overseas posts. Most domestic offices have limited procurement authority and rely on us for the majority of their procurement support. Though most overseas posts have at least one American officer with contracting authority for $100,000 or more, many still turn to AQM and our Regional Procurement Support Offices (RPSOs) in Frankfurt and Fort Lauderdale, FL for assistance with procurement actions. In addition to supporting overseas posts, the RPSOs also provide forward-deployed procurement support to OBO, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau (INL), other bureaus and agencies overseas, including the Centers for Disease Control.

Overseas Posts
The Department of State has over 250 posts overseas, each of which may have the ability to award and administer contracts within limited dollar values (typically less than or equal to $250,000).

You can contact the General Services Officer listed in the Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts for specific post procurement issues.

Additional contact information on posts is available at US Embassies and Consulates.

Contract Opportunities
The Department of State, including overseas Embassies, posts contract opportunities on the Federal government business opportunities website, Fed Biz Opps, and on the commodities marketplace service FedBid.

Procurement Regulations and Procedures
The Office of the Procurement Executive is responsible for the Department of State's acquisition regulations and Department specific procurement related procedures.

For more information regarding procurement at other Federal Agencies, please consult the Federal Acquisition Jumpstation and other related sites.

Small Businesses
Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Acquisition Management Divisions
Director, Cathy Read - 703-875-6037
Business Operations – Raymond Bouford
Facilities Design and ConstructionRobert R. Powell
Information Technology  – John Stever
International Programs – Ann Truitt
Worldwide Operations – Vince Chaverini, Jr.

Regional Procurement Support Offices
Frankfurt, Germany, Tandra Jones, Director
Fort Lauderdale, FL, Benita Williams, Director
Client Assistance Guide for Fort Lauderdale, FL



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