Ms. Claire M. Grady
Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy
OUSD(Acquisition, Technology & Logistics)
Ms. Claire M. Grady assumed the position of the Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) in June 2015. She serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD AT&L) and the Defense Acquisition Board on acquisition and procurement strategies for all major weapon systems programs and major automated information systems programs. She also leads policy for Department of Defense services acquisition. Ms. Grady is responsible for domestic, international, and contingency contract policy for the Department of Defense, including competition, source selection, multiyear contracting, warranties, leasing and associated e-business solutions.
From February 2013 thru May 2015, she was the Coast Guard’s Deputy Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Director of Acquisition Services. Ms. Grady served as the Coast Guard’s Head of the Contracting Activity from 2007-2013, where she led the development and implementation of procurement policy and operations supporting the diverse portfolio of Coast Guard missions. She was the principal business advisor to Coast Guard senior leadership and the community leader for the Coast Guard’s civilian and military procurement professionals.
Ms. Grady previously served as the director of strategic initiatives in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There she provided strategic direction impacting DHS’s multibillion-dollar contracting and financial assistance programs through a broad portfolio of initiatives, including contracting policy, grants policy and oversight, strategic sourcing, competitive sourcing and acquisition systems.
Ms. Grady has more than 20 years’ experience in major systems acquisition, having begun her professional career with the Department of the Navy as a contracting career intern. She progressed to a number of significant positions at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Her accomplishments include serving as the contracting officer for the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship and for the Standard Missile program. Ms. Grady also was the program manager for the multibillion-dollar, Navy-wide acquisition of contractor support services (SeaPort), the director of strategic initiatives for NAVSEA’s Contracts Directorate and the deputy division director for Surface Weapon Systems.
Ms. Grady received a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She holds Level III acquisition professional certifications in contracting and program management. In 2010, Ms. Grady was recognized with the Presidential Rank Award of meritorious executive.