Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs Department’s associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, joined Federal News Radio for an online chat.
View an archive of the chat below.
During the chat, Heard discussed VA’s efforts to improve the management of the agency’s $18.2 billion procurement budget. He also answered questions from chat participants about a range of topics including training for the acquisition workforce, innovation in acquisition, and working with small businesses, among others.
In addition to answering questions during this online chat, Heard also appeared on Federal News Radio’s In-Depth radio show to discuss the results of our exclusive survey of federal chief acquisition officers.
Heard serves as the associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, where he is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing VA acquisition policy. On a national level, he manages and oversees VA’s acquisition system, warranting of its acquisition workforce, and analytical support for its procurement programs. Heard’s VA career spans 37 years.