Acquisition and Assistance Updates
New M/OAA Director
Business Forecast & Ask Procurement Executive Calls
February 17, 2016
Dear Partners,

I am pleased to share that Roy Plucknett has assumed the responsibilities of the Director of the Management Bureau's Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA), effective yesterday, February 16.

As the Director of M/OAA, Roy serves as the Agency's Senior Procurement Executive and Chief Acquisition Officer, leading a team of several hundred acquisition and assistance professionals serving USAID around the world. He is responsible for the management of the Agency's contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements, which totals approximately $16 billion annually.

Many of you may already know Roy as he has been with the Agency since 1993. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Mission Director in Afghanistan (2014-2015) and the Republic of Georgia (2012-2014). He has also served as a Contracting Officer in Washington, DC, Egypt, West Bank and Gaza, and Afghanistan. He is a member of USAID's Senior Foreign Service

I would like to say that it has been a pleasure to work with all of you and to serve as the Agency's Acting M/OAA Director for the last four months. I appreciate your input and support during this time. I look forward to continuing to work with you as I resume my role as the Deputy Director of Washington Operations.

Finally, I'd like to announce the dates and times of our Business Forecast and Ask the Procurement Executive conference calls. You can find more detailed information on both calls below.

Please join me in welcoming Roy to M/OAA. We look forward to continuing our great relationship with you.

Thank you so very much,

Mark Walther
Deputy Director
Bureau for Management's
Office of Acquisition & Assistance

March 3rd: FY16 Qtr 2 Business Forecast Review
Date and Time: March 3, 2016 at 9:00am.

M/OAA will be hosting its FY16 Qtr 2 Business Forecast Review conference call. You can review the most recent Business Forecast on our webpage here

Please submit all questions related to the Business Forecast by close of business Tuesday, February 23rd to:, or tweet @USAIDBizOpps using hashtag #bizforecast or #WorkWithUSAID.

You can RSVP for the Business Forecast call here:  USAID: FY16 Qtr 2 Business Forecast .

March 10th: Ask The Procurement Executive
Date and Time: March 10, 2016 at 8:30am.

As a way of introducing Roy Plucknett to the partner community, we will be hosting an Ask the Procurement Executive conference call. During the call, Roy will answer your questions about working with USAID. 

Similar to the  Ask the Procurement Executive call we did last August, we have asked  InterAction InsideNGO Society for International Development - Washington , the  Small Business Association of International Development Companies , and the  Council of International Development Companies  to coordinate questions from their members. In addition, you can also submit questions to us through the  @USAIDBizOpps twitter handle using the hashtag #AskProcExec

We have asked for all questions by no later than March 1st.

You can RSVP for the Ask the Procurement Executive call here:  USAID: Ask the Procurement Executive.