In March 2015, Nancy Gunderson was appointed to serve as the Contracting competency lead for the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR). In this role, she is responsible for the contractual oversight and support for the Command, which obligates approximately $5 Billion annually in support of its Program Executive Offices and other organizations. She also executes Head Contracting Activity oversight of two Field Activities located in San Diego, California and Charleston, South Carolina.
Ms. Gunderson was selected to the Senior Executive Service in December 2007. During her 26-year federal career, Ms. Gunderson has served in a variety of acquisition and management positions. In November 2009, Ms. Gunderson was selected as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she provided Department-wide leadership in grants and acquisition through policy development, performance measurement, oversight, and workforce initiatives. She first joined HHS in February 2009, serving as the Department’s Senior Procurement Executive.
Before joining HHS, Ms. Gunderson was the Director of Acquisition Operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She also held several positions within the Department of Defense. As the Acquisition and Business Lead/Director of Contracts for the Pentagon Renovation Program, Ms. Gunderson earned the Procurement Round Table’s Elmer B. Staats Contracting Professional Excellence Award.
She began her professional development and training in the Navy’s contracting career intern program and served as a contracting officer for several Navy weapon systems at both Naval Air Systems Command and Naval Sea Systems Command.
Ms. Gunderson graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. She is a graduate of the Navy Acquisition Intern Program, is certified as a Contracting Professional, and is a member of the Department of Defense Acquisition Corps and Department of Navy Acquisition Professional Community.
CAPT Richard McCarthy, SC, USN, is Deputy Director for Contracts at Naval Information Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, CA. Here he shares responsibility for contract execution and oversight for the Command, which obligates over $6 Billion annually in support of its Program Executive Offices and other organizations. He also shares Head of Contracting Activity oversight for two Echelon III commands located in San Diego, CA and Charleston, SC.
A native of Irvine, CA, CAPT McCarthy graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy (B.S. in Economics, Minor in Spanish). Following graduation, he attended la Universidad de Salamanca, Spain on the Cox Fund Scholarship Program. He also earned M.S. Degrees in Contracting and Acquisitions Management from Naval Postgraduate School (with distinction) and in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is also a graduate of executive education from Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University.
Following completion of Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, GA, CAPT McCarthy’s initial sea- tour was as Division Officer on board USS WASP (LHD 1) in Norfolk, VA where he deployed in support of operations in Somalia, Bosnia, the Arabian Gulf, and Haiti. His next sea tour was as Supply Officer of the ballistic missile submarine, USS OHIO (SSBN 726), in Bangor, WA. While onboard OHIO, CAPT McCarthy deployed on four deterrent patrols and led his team to earn three Supply Blue “E”s and an unprecedented two consecutive NEY awards for best submarine galley operation in the Navy. In 2000, CAPT McCarthy was awarded the Vice Admiral Batchelder Award for outstanding Supply Officer contribution to the Fleet.
He was next assigned as Assistant Supply Officer on board USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) in San Diego, CA where he led 550 Sailors in 13 different divisions on the ship’s maiden combat deployments to the Arabian Gulf and Seventh Fleet. His last sea tour was onboard forward-deployed USNS WASHINGTON CHAMBERS (TAKE 11). As Officer in Charge for the Military Detachment, he led all military assigned and provided logistics support to Fifth and Seventh Fleet deployed Navy units.
Ashore, he served as Transportation Officer responsible for physical distribution functions for Trident Refit Facility in Bangor, WA. He served as a Contracting Officer for Office of Special Projects in San Diego. CAPT McCarthy also volunteered for a gapped Individual Augmentation to Joint Contracting Command, Iraq where he led and served as Chief Contracting Officer in Kirkuk, Iraq. In Kirkuk he directly supported active combat operations and military and civilian reconstruction efforts throughout the Northeastern part of the country. His other shore tours include: Chief Contracting Officer for Fleet Logistics Center, San Diego; Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency, San Diego; Officer-in-Charge west coast detachment of Office of Special Projects, and Lead Contracts Executive for NAVSUP Global Logistics Support.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal. He was awarded both the Secretary of the Navy and Navy Supply Corps awards for Contracting and Acquisitions Excellence. He is a certified Acquisition Professional for the Navy and is a qualified Naval Aviation Supply Officer, Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer, and Submarine Warfare Supply Officer.
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