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VA Appoints Karen Brazell as Chief Acquisition Officer

Karen Brazell, formerly chief of staff at the White House Military Office, officially joined the Department of Veterans Affairs on Aug. 6 as chief acquisition officer, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

She also serves as principal executive director for the VA’s Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction and succeeds Greg Giddens, who retired in November of last year after a 37-year federal career.

Her responsibilities include overseeing contract administration, procurement and supply chain functions at the department, as well as leading the development of OALC policies and priorities.

The report noted she will likely continue a construction project management initiative that her predecessor implemented back in January 2016.

She spent three years at WHMO and before that held acquisition and program managament roles at the Naval Facilities Command from 2006 to 2015.

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