Linda Allen was selected to serve as the Director of the Acquisition Directorate (formerly Acquisition and Procurement Office), on March 28, 2010.
Ms. Allen serves as the principal advisor for all matters related to acquisition and procurement for the Director of Administration and Management (DA&M), Director of Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) as well as advising Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) components. Her office provides operational contracting support services for the DA&M, WHS, and others within OSD to include the immediate staff of the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense. Additional responsibilities include acquisition planning, technical guidance, and business strategy development for all programs under the direction of WHS, DA&M, and OSD components, as well as management of the civilian, military, and contractor workforce responsible for budget developments, estimates, and execution; establishing and proliferating acquisition policy; and ensuring full compliance with all acquisition and procurement laws and regulations.
Prior to beginning her civilian career, Ms. Allen served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1984 through 1991. She also served with the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1991 through 1994.
In 2001, Ms. Allen received a master's degree in Contract Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. She also holds a master's in Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a bachelor's in Business Administration from Misericordia University.
For additional directorate information, visit the Acquisition Directorate page.