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Acquisition Directorate

The Acquisition Directorate (AD) is the Single Enterprise Contracting Office providing acquisition services to all OSD components and significantly reducing annual OSD contracting costs.  AD plans, coordinates, and manages the procurement programs essential to the mission of the OSD and the Office of the Chief Management Officer (OCMO) which includes WHS and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA).  AD procures a wide-range of supplies and services, valued at over $1.75 billion annually, in support of customer missions.

Knowledge-based services account for the vast majority of AD expenditures (just over $1.1 billion).  Combined with electronic communication services and equipment, this accounts for more than 80 percent of AD’s total obligations, providing a consistent capability to connect people and process information.


AD support includes procurement of:

  • Architect and engineering services 
  • Building construction and alteration 
  • Facility operation and maintenance
  • Information technology

The AD is responsible for the award and management of grants, cooperative agreements, special programs and other supplies and services.

We play a critical and central role in helping WHS provide its customers outstanding service and timely results at a reasonable cost. We provide sound advice, new tools, and streamlined processes to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the WHS service delivery model. Included in this Directorate’s services are these Divisions:

Enterprise Acquisition Policy and Strategic Initiatives Division (EAPSI) seeks to enable WHS AD to effectively acquire goods and services through innovative policy, guidance, quality oversight and initiatives while being good stewards of taxpayer's money:

  • Develop and manage procurement guidance that is timely and clear;
  • Manage the use of best practices and strategic initiatives:
  • Provide procurement oversight (Policy Officers) to ensure that WHS AD acquisitions are in compliance with federal, departmental and directorate regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Manage the Contract Review Board Process and Procedures
  • Manage the development of procurement professionals and leaders; and manage the Government Purchase Card Program 

The Enterprise Facilities & Construction Division (EFCD) is responsible for executing and administering contracts for various offices within the Facilities Support Directorate which provides operations and maintenance support to various Government owned and Leased Facilities throughout the National Capital Region.  This division also includes the Design and Construction Branch, Facility Operations and Maintenance Branch and the Building Maintenance and Operations Branch. 

Enterprise Office of the Secretary of Defense Division (EOSD) is responsible for executing and administering contracting vehicles and contracts for various OSD offices, including: OSD Policy; OSD Office of General Counsel; Office of Net Assessments; Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and OSD Acquisition Technology & Logistics.  This division also includes the Technical Analysis Branch, Professional Studies Branch and the Enterprise Strategic Sourcing Branch.

Enterprise Security & Services Division (ESSD) provides acquisition support and services to all DoD WHS Directorates, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), the DoD Central Adjudicative Facility (CAF), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the DoD Joint Service Provider (JSP). The Security Branch is responsible for the execution and administration of contracts for various offices within the PFPA.  This acquisition support provides guard services, installs and monitors security systems, mail screening, building pass management, analyzes environmental samples for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives agents; detects and disposes of explosive materials and maintains barrier access control and CCTV/surveillance systems. The Services Branch is responsible for the execution and administration of contracts for all WHS Directorates, CAF, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and JSP. This acquisition support provides knowledge management services, professional and admin services, training, boards, task forces and commissions, financial management services, human resources services, graphics/exhibits and presentations, information technology facilities support, maintenance, software/ hardware, information assurance, audio/visual, as well as printer and copier management.  This division also includes a Security Branch and a Services Branch.

Enterprise Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Division (EAT&L) is responsible for executing and administering Contracts, Cooperative Agreements and Grants for the Undersecretary for Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L). This division also executes and administers the Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) for the Department.  Also in this division are the Analysis, Innovation and Oversight; Technology Analysis and Services; and the Research Logistics and Analysis Branches.