Susan M. Taylor Improves Federal Government Acquisition Management Staff Retention

Posted July 27, 2015 by pzmediainc1

Susan M. Taylor was the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs from 2010 to 2014.

Susan M. Taylor is an experienced procurement professional that has worked in federal government for 29 years. She spent 22 of those years in senior acquisition leadership positions and provided procurement advice to various federal agencies. She spent eight years with the Department of Defense and most recently served as the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer for the Department of Veteran Affairs with the Veterans Health Administration. She led a team of three Regional Acquisition Directors and was responsible for the oversight of 2,800 acquisition management employees and supervisors.

During her time as the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Susan M. Taylor oversaw the award of 22,000 contracts annually by Veterans Affairs for purposes such as IT, telecommunications, professional services, non-recurring maintenance, construction, transportation, and much more. She was responsible for not only overseeing employees but also overseeing large-scale procurement operations, geographically dispersing $14.4 billion in procurement operations, as well as developing and implementing procurement standard operating procedures.

One of Susan M. Taylor’s biggest achievement as the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer was her ability to retain the procurement workforce. She provided the means for employees to achieve upward mobility and seek out further career growth. She provided training opportunities and encouraged her employees to further their education by obtaining undergraduate degrees and Masters Degrees.

Subsequently, Susan M. Taylor had to review the supervisory staff. She found that the supervisory staff was technically skilled, but lacked leadership skills needed to perform their roles at a satisfactory level. She provided leadership-training opportunities for them to improve their supervisory ability. Leadership training also provided employees the opportunity to grow and move their careers upward.

Congressman Jim Moran acknowledged Susan M. Taylor’s work with Veterans Affairs in a letter of thanks addressed to Susan M. Taylor. In 2012, Congressman Moran wrote her saying that her expertise in procurement saved Veterans Affairs millions of dollars. In addition, her work with Veterans Affairs in procurement allowed small businesses owned by veterans to receive double the goal for contract awards set by the Small Business Administration for award to veteran firms.

Veteran Affairs Chief of Staff, John Gingrich, also acknowledged Susan M. Taylor’s work when he awarded her with a Certificate of Appreciation. He thanked her for her work and contributions to the National Veteran Small Business Conference that connected thousands of veterans with procurement experts and provided training classes regarding growing and owning small businesses.

Susan M. Taylor has spent 29 years in federal government, with 22 of those years coming in senior leadership roles as a procurement advisor to various government agencies including the Department of Defense. For more information about Susan M Taylor visit :-
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Last Updated July 27, 2015