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Acquisition Directorate

A man presenting a contract on a clipboard for signatureThe Acquisition Directorate (AD) is the Single Enterprise Contracting Office (SECO), providing acquisition services to all OSD components, significantly reducing annual OSD contracting costs. AD plans, coordinates, and manages the procurement programs essential to the mission of WHS, the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. AD programs support Pentagon renovation, construction, professional and other services, commodities and supplies, major communication and information technology systems, and special programs totaling over $900 million a year.

Expanded resources and additional information on AD services is available to authorized CAC holders on the Customer Resources page.

Acquisition Management

WHS administers an effective program of acquisitions management, covering the availability of equipment and supplies for facilities, construction, furniture services, etc.

Contract Support

WHS provides guidance, tools, and streamlined processes to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the WHS service delivery model. Services cover contract change modifications, contract options exercised prior to expiration, task orders and delivery, and negotiated Sole Source and Full and Open Competition.

Office Supplies and Services

WHS provides supplies and services for all non-Information Technology equipment, such as:

  • Office Supplies and Equipment – WHS is responsible for the acquisition of office equipment and furnishings such as appliances and filing cabinets, as well as office supply orders over $3,000
  • Office Services – WHS administers multiple office services. WHS provides foreign language interpreters, transcription and translation support; and approves and processes requests for printing, and newspaper and magazine subscriptions
Small Business Programs

WHS promotes the practice of utilizing small businesses to fill WHS acquisition requirements. Several WHS outreach programs provide interested small businesses with acquisition information as well as guidance on procedures for targeted marketing to WHS, the Department of Defense, and the Federal Government. Additional information is available on the Office of Small Business Programs page


Official photo of the Director, Acquisitions Directorate: Ms. Cheri Tyner

Cheri Tyner is the Director and Head of Contracting Activity for the Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), Department of Defense.

She brings to this position over 35 years of federal acquisition experience which includes 15 years of leadership experience in procurement operations and policy. Ms. Tyner began her professional acquisition career with the Department of the Navy where she served as a Navy Intern and Contract Specialist at various commands across the country. She left the Department of the Navy in 1989 to work for the U.S. Coast Guard where she was responsible for a major high priority project to re-open and make operational the Vessel Traffic Service for the New York Harbor area—a congressional mandate. She also served 8 years with the U.S. Customs Service as a Contracting Officer managing a variety of commodities including Vessel Maintenance, A&E and Construction, Landscaping, Guard Services, and Information Technology.  Her leadership positions include Acting Director, HCA, and Deputy Director for the Office of Acquisition Management, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Director, Intelligence & Operations Acquisition Division and Associate Director, Information Technology Acquisition Center in the Office of Procurement Operations at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Secretary; Director, Office of Modernization Acquisition and Chief of the Modernization Acquisition Branch at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); and Procurement Section Head at the National Science Foundation. One of her notable leadership roles was as a Senior Manager with the IRS, where she led the Business Systems Modernization Acquisition program, one of the largest and most complex information technology modernization efforts to be awarded in civilian government with an estimated value of over $10 Billion.

Ms. Tyner was selected in 2010 to attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, a Department of Defense Senior Service School under the National Defense University where she earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. She is also a Senior Acquisition Fellow with the Council for Excellence in Government and holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Procurement and Public Contracting from the University of Maryland. In her personal time Ms. Tyner enjoys interior design, photography, and mentoring young adults interested in the acquisition field; but her favorite pastime is spending time with her three grandchildren—Tyler (7), Taylor (5), and Conrad Nicholas (2).


To learn more about the Acquisition Directorate, including specific service and contact information, authorized CAC holders should visit the WHS Customer Resources page.